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    for the first year i was growing these things i always thought it was Low-ee too, dont feel bad xD
    when i found out it was Low-e-eye, i was like thats a strange name wth lol

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    I say low-ee-eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post
    N. Merilliana x Lowii I think?

    Now is it LOW-eye, or LOW-wee-eye? I thought it was the 2nd one, Peter corrected me and said it was the first one.
    Curiosity got the better of me, so I contacted the Cambridge Dictionaries Online team for their opinion on which pronunciation is correct.

    Here is their reply:
    Thank you for your enquiry regarding pronunciation. Our Senior Commissioning Editor has advised that this is a latinized form of the surname Low, and would say Low - ee - eye, as in radii. However, he also says that, being Latin, there is probably no right or wrong answer here!


    Best wishes,

    The Dictionaries Online team

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    Proper latin would dictate "low-ee-eye" and that may sound slightly different from people having various accents.

    @mobile- I keep hearing there is no right or wrong pronunciation, along with a "correct" way to say latin names. Why are different pronunciations appropriate if there is a rule for them, such as the "ii" suffix = "ee-eye?"

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    i never used the "eye" for any of my scientific names: moorii, lowii, etc, until i realized that pronouncing the "eye" helped me remember that there were two i's in the name--very useful in lab practicums where spelling counts, especially if you are trying to differentiate from other scientific names that end in "i" such as leleupi, dubousi, and hubbsi . that's really the only reason why i pronounce the "i's" now.
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    I suspect much depends on the nationality of the person. I have heard low-ee-eye from English speaking people. I say low-ee myself, but then the letter -i is pronounced differently in my language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dashman View Post
    Now it is being at a CP meeting and finding out that all of my self determined pronounciations have been way off all along.
    This seems to be the norm. Some will make a big deal out of it but most just let it pass. As with this discussion on how to pronounce Lowii, many of the names often have 2 ways most people pronounce them with several outlier versions people create. Then there's some real 'out-there' pronunciations that are pretty impressive...
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    Out of interest... does anyone here pronounce, or has heard anyone pronounce, the word radii as radi, rather than radii? Presumably the same would apply with the pronunciation of this word as that of lowii.

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