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I love crinum and have been collecting a bit. About 4 bulbs. (Just found out though that they are a bit snooty and mostly don't bloom until they've settled down for a couple of years and I'm probably (hoping to) moving in 2 years so, add it all up and it'll be about 4-6 years before I see blooms!)
Anyway, I'm wandering.
Do you pronouce the "i" sounding like the "i" in indian (as I have)
or as I was corrected
like a long "i" as the "i" in: "I" was so embarassed.
alice, how do I access your dictionary? There are many plants that I'm unsure as to how to pronounce and could certainly use this resource.
3gardeners, same for you. do you have a link?
uh oh...I'm bad about correcting. Once had the audacity to correct FIL and that was the dirtiest look I've EVER gotten, lol. I was correct but he found it rude plus out of place since I'm a "girl" and girls know nothing, lol. Bless his heart. Bless my heart.
I've now checked 3 different "dictionary type" sites that sound it out for you and they all pronounce it with a "cry" sound at the beginning. I've always said it the other way. I now know for sure and will try to re-train my brain and say "cry-num" from now on. (But I still won't EVER correct someone in public!)
Thank you all for your quick responces and have a great weekend!
I was told (way too MANY years ago to mention) that Latin vowels are always long: so, A as in Day, E as in Need, I (indeed) as in Cry, O as in Go-Go, and U as in Use. The only fly in the ointment is the people around you who don't pronounce them like that! LOL!
Personally, I think it is more important that we spell the words right than any thing else. So long as we agree on WHAT we are discussing, the rest is secondary.
I just saw this thread, sorry to be late to the discussion. I found a free guide that I use all the time for Botanical Latin. It's an audio pronunciation guide to plants. It doesn't have every plant known to man but it is still very useful. They pronounce Crinum as KRY-NUM. As in Cry.
O dear , I been pronouncing it the other way. What's new. LOL But I am so glad to have found this thread. A sweetheart last year gave me about 8 of them , rhyzomes and I planted them and they are the prettiest foliage about a foot tall, last year and this. But no blooms. I'm glad to know maybe in the spring. Maybe they were waiting for me to learn how to say their name correctly. :)