Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pronunciation Guides

I know these must be useful to people with a PhD in linguistics, but there has to be an easier way to educate the masses of people who do not fit into that category. For example, I was looking up a family of medications called the thiazolidinediones. The article provided this pronunciation guide: /θaɪ.əˌzoʊlɨdiːnˈdaɪ.oʊn/. I would like to offer up a collective, "WTF." If you showed that to me in a different context, I would assume it is a different language. In fact, I'm not 100% convinced it isn't. This would have been much more useful: thigh-uh-ZOL-ih-deene-die-ohnes.

(BTW that pronunciation is just a guess, because I can't understand the pronunciation guide.)

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