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Aug. 5, 2022

How do you say that?

How do you say that?

Have you wondered how to pronounce certain words? Do you go "old school" to the good ol' Webster's or Oxford English paper dictionary and review the linguistic information to decipher the pronunciation? If you don't find those useful, do you just ask the Google machine?

If you have been listening on Monday mornings, you will know that I love words. I love to talk about them, write them, and study them. For this reason, I am always looking for new ways to experience words.

Today, I found a YouTube account/page/channel called "Emma Saying." The channel began as a way to verbally pronounce every word in the dictionary so people have an audio pronunciation resource. They began in 2012 and completed their goal with 160,000 entries by 2015. They continue to add content such as person names, place names, product names, food names, and many other topics.

The items are grouped in Playlist categories. There is even a "Top 5 Difficult Words of the Month" category. (Looks like it only has 5 words from 2012, so this one is not regularly updated.)

What prompted me to do this search today? Well, T.O.M (The Old Man) says "Gaya" and I say "Guya" for Gaea of the Gaea Connection Podcast. I have heard this word pronounced in different ways through the years, and I decided to investigate. Turns out BOTH pronunciations are correct. So, if you are in The Old Man's camp, or if you are in my camp, keep keepin' on.

To throw a bigger wrench into the conveyor belt cog, Gaea has TWO spellings as well. BOTH are correct. Gaea or Gaia, so you can also keep on in whichever camp you fall on the spelling.

If you don't know Gaea, or Gaia as a concept, here is the basic information:

"In Greek mythology, Gaia, also spelled Gaea, is the personification of the Earth and one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia is the ancestral mother—sometimes parthenogenic—of all life. She is the mother of Uranus, from whose sexual union she bore the Titans, the Cyclopes, and the Giants; as well as of Pontus, from whose union she bore the primordial sea gods. Her equivalent in the Roman pantheon was Terra." (Wikipedia)
From Dictionary.com:
/ (ˈdʒiːə) /
Greek myth a variant of Gaia
Classical Mythology the ancient Greek goddess who personified the earth and whose numerous offspring include Uranus, by whom she bore the Titans and the Cyclopes.
the earth, when regarded as the self-regulating organism described by the Gaia hypothesis: Our destiny is dependent on what we do for Gaia as a whole.
There you have it! The resource and the 411 (who remembers calling 411 for information?)
Until next time,
You can. You will. Keep going.