pronunciation of "cotoneaster"?

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  1. globalist1789

    globalist1789 Active Member

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    Quick question.... What is the proper pronunciation of "cotoneaster"?

    Thanks, this could help clear up some confusion.
     
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    pierrot Active Member 10 Years of Activity

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    globalist1789

    Ko-tony-aster

    not coton easter
     
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    Many thanks! There were 3 people at work with three different pronunciations. I had it totally wrong and am glad to be corrected.
     
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    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years of Activity

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    Ditto to Pierrot
     
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    pierrot Active Member 10 Years of Activity

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    globalist1789 & MichaelF

    here is a guide that I knew I had a lin k to but couldn't place it yesterday


    http://www.homeandgardensite.com/pronunciation.htm

    well there are some things in there that I don't agree with but I think it was PT Barnham that said "keep a straight face and you can tell them anything"

    anyway

    say it with gusto and aplomb and you will be half way there
     
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    M. D. Vaden Active Member 10 Years of Activity

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    There are a few variations, but most are fairly close. Just depends on the characters chosen.

    Koh - to'nee - aster

    Would be my style.

    I read about 6 versions online yesterday. I'd imagine it would be interesting to hear Brits, Australians and the various America country folks all pronounce it.
     
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    Ron B Esteemed Contributor 10 Years of Activity

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    Yes: there really are no universally correct botanical pronunciations just as there are no correct common names.

    "Botanical Latin is essentially a written language, but the scientific names of plants often occur in speech. How they are pronounced really matters little provided they sound pleasant and are understood by all concerned. This is most likely to be attained by pronouncing them in accordance with the rules of classical Latin pronunciation. There are, however, several systems, since people tend to pronounce Latin words by analogy with words of their own language."

    --W. T. Stearn, BOTANICAL LATIN - FOURTH EDITION (D&C)
     
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    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years of Activity

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    I'd certainly not put that 'h' sound in! How do you do aspiration before a consonant? Sounds weird!!
     
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    Ron B Esteemed Contributor 10 Years of Activity

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    Same as in 'oh' without the 'k'.
     
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    How about clem-A'-tis versus CLEM'-a-tis? I've heard both around here, with people in both camps insisting that their version is the correct pronounciation.
     
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