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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-04-24 12:39
Subject: [language] Angina and vagina
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In my idiolect, "angina" and "vagina" have always rhymed. However, the cardiology team that's been working on my mother (who presumably know of what they speak) pronounced "angina" with a short, unstressed /i/ in the middle, so instead of "an-j-eye-nah" they say "an-j-in-uh".

(In case you were wondering about yesterday's QOTD.)
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User: ex_truepenn
Date: 2010-04-24 19:54 (UTC)
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Keyword:mfu: ik-geek
FWIW, the American Heritage Dictionary, 3rd. ed. (my dictionary of choice), lists both pronunciations, but prefers the long /i/. This means, of course, only that the AHD's idiolect agrees with yours (and mine). (It also tells me that the Latin angina comes from the Greek ankhone, a strangling.) Of course, if we're talking proper Latin pronunciation, it's an-gee-na, with a hard /g/ and long /e/ for the vowel. And vagina is wa-gee-na. So we're all wrong, and I'll stop being a geek in your blog now. *g*

Best wishes to your mom--and you--and I hope the birthday celebration goes through this time!
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Geoffrey H. Goodwin -- I Can See in the Dark
User: readingthedark
Date: 2010-04-24 20:56 (UTC)
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Four years as a lab technician and I only heard your and Sarah's pronunciation--but I have noticed that medical terminology is highly susceptible to regional variance. You show up for a new job and they start indoctrinating you into their preferred terminology, emphasis and inflection.
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User: autopope
Date: 2010-04-25 00:49 (UTC)
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You're right and they're wrong (at least wrt. British medical usage, which I have a passing formerly-professional familiarity with).
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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2010-04-26 00:42 (UTC)
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there goes your plans for some heart-stopping erotic poetry.
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