Answer stupid English question!?!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by I have WHAT in my yard?, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    Is the i in mimosa a short vowel or a long?

    How do you pronounce Arbor Vitae? I pronounce it with the Latinate ending a, as in Alumnae, another says it is a long e sound. That pronunciation grates on my ears but we don't know who is right.

    Can any of you brilliant people end this argument once and for all?
  2. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2008
    Lake Luzerne, NY
    Ok, here is my guess...

    I think the I in mimiosa is a short vowel since a "long i" would sound like "eye"

    As for Arbor Vitae... I think you say it "Ar-bore Veet-aay"

    But, I've been out of school for a while... [​IMG]
  3. tomstephens

    tomstephens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Charlotte NC
    mimosa is a short i. so almost memosa.

    Vitae is long a not long e
  4. EllyMae

    EllyMae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, it can also really depend on where you live as to how you will here things pronounced. I pronounce mimosa with a short "i" sound.
    As for the arbor vitae...never have really know for sure. But have heard it pronounced with the "i" being long and the "ae" pronounced with an "uh". But I'm in the south so....?
  5. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    I just checked the Merriam audible and it agrees with me on the mimosa but it says abor v eye tee which is not like I have ever heard it pronounced..... What is right????
  6. Windy Ridge

    Windy Ridge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 3, 2007
  7. redkan

    redkan Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2008
    Central Maine
    Hmm... not sure if it's correct or not but I pronounce the i in mimosa the same as the i in "itch". I'm quite sure that the ae i arbor vitae is pronounced ee, long I, long E. LOL, if you google it I'm sure there's a website that will answer it as well. [​IMG]
  8. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    Neither word is English in origin [​IMG]

    I've always heard mimosa with a short I, both the drink and the tree.

    Vitae is latin but it is always pronounced vitee. And the two words are pronounced together, arborvitee.
  9. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    I'm suddenly thirsty... [​IMG]
  10. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound is so great for pronunciations!

    The thing about Latin (arborvitae) is that nobody is really certain how the Romans pronounced it. The same Latin word will be pronounced differently, and considered correct by each, by a German, an Indian, a Greek, an Italian, an Englishman, and an American.

    Having studied Latin for fun in college (language dork, OK, I get it), I would pronounce it ar-boor-vee-tay, given that we pronounce alunnae, antennae, and "curriculum vitae" (vee-tay), all Latin words, with a long A at the end. In French the vowel "i" is commonly pronounced as a long "e".

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