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Mike Zeidler
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#1 Posted on 4.1.06 0851.05
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My wife and I have been going around and around about this for a couple of years now, she seems to think the technical name for the voicebox is "larnyx" (lahr-NICKS) whereas I've been attempting to convince her that it's "larynx" (LAIR-inks).

I thought that perhaps it was just my wife's goofy way of pronouncing things taken to an extreme, but 75% of the people I've asked in Illinois say larnyx.

It's like I've ended up in the most subtle, boring episode of The Twilight Zone ever.

So which do you say, and what's the strangest regional variation you've heard?
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#2 Posted on 4.1.06 0954.06
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According to dictionary.com:

larynx (dictionary.reference.com) - 5 entries found for larynx.

larnyx (dictionary.reference.com) - No entry found for larnyx.

As an exercise for the reader you can also try your favored spell checker or other resource material.

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#3 Posted on 4.1.06 1026.09
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larynx. And honestly, it's not used often enough for me to gather weird regional variations of it.
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#4 Posted on 4.1.06 1139.42
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    Originally posted by geemoney
    larynx. And honestly, it's not used often enough for me to gather weird regional variations of it.


I'm sorry, I should have made that a little more clear...

Which variation of Larynx/Larnyx do you use, and/or what are some of the weird regional variations on words that you've heard? (e.g. soda/pop, kitty-corner/catty-corner/cater-corner)

I also realise that larnyx isn't in the dictionary, but the good people of Illinois don't seem to understand as such.
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#5 Posted on 4.1.06 1153.32
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LAIR-inks is the book pronounciation, but I have heard people says Lair-Nicks before, many times.

Gotta say, this is a weird one.

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#6 Posted on 4.1.06 1234.30
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    Originally posted by Zundian
    I also realise that larnyx isn't in the dictionary, but the good people of Illinois don't seem to understand as such.


Then take said dictionary and beat them with it until they get the point... :)
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#7 Posted on 4.1.06 1243.29
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Dictionaries can be problematic to cite these days because many of them are now descriptive instead of prescriptive.

BTW, I'm not trying to correct anyone, just throwing that info out there.

(edited by ShotGunShep on 4.1.06 1044)
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#8 Posted on 4.1.06 1354.33
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See this thread for more examples of English-mangling than I care to remember....
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#9 Posted on 4.1.06 1743.43
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I really expected to see LAIR-nicks listed as an alternative pronunciation. But not in any of the dictionaries I tried.

I do remember that in the weeks after the Macho Man crushed Ricky Steamboat's throat with a ring bell that I heard Vince McMahon, Gorilla Monsoon, and various others say LAIR-nicks 30,000 times or so.

Transposition of this sort isn't rare, though. Think "Brett Favre"...
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#10 Posted on 4.1.06 2345.58
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    Originally posted by Zundian
      Originally posted by geemoney
      larynx. And honestly, it's not used often enough for me to gather weird regional variations of it.


    I'm sorry, I should have made that a little more clear...

    Which variation of Larynx/Larnyx do you use, and/or what are some of the weird regional variations on words that you've heard? (e.g. soda/pop, kitty-corner/catty-corner/cater-corner)

    I also realise that larnyx isn't in the dictionary, but the good people of Illinois don't seem to understand as such.

There probably isn't any regional variation that drives me up the wall more than "pop" as a name for soda. And now that I live in the midwest, I get all sorts of great opportunities to cringe. Almost as bothersome is when people who I complain to about "pop" counter with, "Well, in the South everybody calls it all 'Coke.'" Well, having lived in the South for nearly my entire life, I have to politely smack these people in the face and tell them, "No, you're wrong."

I must say, though, if larynx was a common enough term for me to hear people say "larnyx" all the time, that could possibly annoy me more than "pop."

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#11 Posted on 5.1.06 0515.13
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Um, I can't remember the last time I used the word, to be honest. I usually use the word "voice box"-- works just as well.
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#12 Posted on 5.1.06 0716.50
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This is really no different than nuclear vs. "nucular".

Just because a lot of people pronounce a word incorrectly doesn't mean it isn't incorrect.



(edited by Stilton on 5.1.06 0817)
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#13 Posted on 5.1.06 2258.02
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    Originally posted by StingArmy
    Almost as bothersome is when people who I complain to about "pop" counter with, "Well, in the South everybody calls it all 'Coke.'" Well, having lived in the South for nearly my entire life, I have to politely smack these people in the face and tell them, "No, you're wrong."


I have 2 friends that live separately just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina.....and they have both told me that people around them do indeed do that.

My wife's brothers family moved to just outside of Houston, Texas over 10 years ago, and they all have told me that they have seen people do it there also. My 2 nephews have told me that they now do it themselves out of habit.
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