Monday, June 15, 2009

Minor Annoyance

EDIT: Apparently I was grossly mistaken about the correct pronunciation of the word, which is in fact zoe-ology.

Zoology. Why is it not pronounced zoo-luh-gee? There's the "zoo" part, which everyone knows how to pronounce. Then there's the "-logy" part. So where on earth does that extra "ah" sound come from, between the zoo and the -logy part?!?

Why not just write zooology so the pronunciation can actually make sense? Because it's a linguistic taboo to have three identical letters in a row? Tell that to the Wookiees on Kashyyyk, they'll beat your head in.

Sometimes the English language annoys me to the ends of the earth.

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  • Smockity Frocks

    I was told in by a college professor that the correct pronunciation (for the reason you noted) is zoe-(rhymes with doe)-ology.

  • Anne Marie@Married to the Empire

    I concur with Smockity Frocks. The correct pronunciation is Zo(long O)-ology. Most people say it incorrectly.

  • Ginny


    I was going to say...

    Never mind.


  • JunkMale

    Alright alright, cancel it all. It was all due to my ignorance of correct pronunciation. Should've looked that up before pontificating.

    (but I know I've heard other people pronounce it zoo-ah-logy)

  • Anne Marie@Married to the Empire

    Don't feel badly. Most people pronounce it incorrectly. I only know the correct pronunciation because my 8th grade science teacher ranted and railed and drilled it into us. The mispronunciation of it was apparently a huge pet peeve of his!