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Old 12-15-2007, 03:29 PM
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How do you say "Deus ex machina"?

The few online dictionarys I've visited with verbal pronunciations have pronounced "Deus ex machina" differently.

This one seems the most correct (click the little speaker icon):
http://answers.com/topic/deus-ex-machina

But it appears the "Deus" part isn't pronounced, is that correct?
Old 12-15-2007, 03:31 PM
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The few online dictionarys I've visited with verbal pronunciations have pronounced "Deus ex machina" differently.

This one seems the most correct (click the little speaker icon):
http://answers.com/topic/deus-ex-machina

But it appears the "Deus" part isn't pronounced, is that correct?
Ex Machina is pronounced correctly, it looks like the voice fragment is missing deus. It is pronounced "DAY OOS".
Old 12-15-2007, 03:33 PM
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Thanks for asking this, I always stumble over this when I'm reading and trying to say it in my head. I have never had the occasion to say it out loud however.
Old 12-15-2007, 04:26 PM
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MW has two good pronunciations here (click the little speaker icons.)

The answers.com one seems to have the "deus" part cut off.
Old 12-15-2007, 07:29 PM
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Note that these are the 'accepted' ways to pronounce this. We don't really know how ancient Greeks & Romans pronounced words, of course. We have actual written works, but no audio recordings of their words.

There are clues; we have some rhyming poetry, and indications from the modern languages that developed from these ancient languages give hints. But there are still lively arguments among professional linguists about the exact pronunciation of ancient words.
Old 12-15-2007, 07:32 PM
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Wikipedia usually has pronunciations:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deus_ex_machina

From the link: Latin IPA: [ˈdeːus eks ˈmaːkʰina]

(though, I guess you have to be able to read IPA to use this...)

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Old 12-15-2007, 11:41 PM
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I remember needling a guy I knew in high school who took Latin by mispronouncing that phrase. He tried to get back at me by mispronouncing things in the foreign language I was taking, Spanish -- as if I cared.
Old 12-16-2007, 12:05 AM
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I remember humiliating myself in high school by pronouncing it "Doos ex muh-SHEEN-uh" during a read-aloud thing. Clearly that's the WRONG way.
Old 12-16-2007, 07:08 AM
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I remember humiliating myself in high school by pronouncing it "Doos ex muh-SHEEN-uh" during a read-aloud thing. Clearly that's the WRONG way.
In HS, I mispronounced "suave," sounding it out phonetically, and using a long a. I'd never heard it used, but ran into that word a lot in the stuff I'd read. Confession is good for the soul.
Old 12-16-2007, 09:05 AM
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MW has two good pronunciations here (click the little speaker icons.)
There are two speaker icons. It's in stereo!

Ah, now after listening to the correct pronunciation, this is one of those phrases I'm going to have to keep "mispronouncing" because of peer pressure. That will be easier than trying to re-educate everybody I know.

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Old 12-16-2007, 02:00 PM
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There are two speaker icons. It's in stereo!

Ah, now after listening to the correct pronunciation, this is one of those phrases I'm going to have to keep "mispronouncing" because of peer pressure. That will be easier than trying to re-educate everybody I know.
How does everyone else pronounce it?

Oh, and thanks everyone for the responses!
Old 12-16-2007, 06:52 PM
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The only time I've ever heard it spoken was in Oiive, the Other Reindeere (she receives a package that gets her out of some trouble addressed from Deus Ex Machina).
Old 12-19-2007, 12:39 AM
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I run into this kind of problem frequently.
I read quite a bit, and sadly, most of those I encounter don't.
I'll run across a particular term or phrase dozens of times but never have reason to say it aloud.
When the time comes to use this term that I'm long since comfortable with, I realize that I haven't a clue how to say it and am about to wind up looking like a moron who looks up words only for use in (poorly) faking intelligence!
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