How about that.vegetariantaxidermy wrote: ↑Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:02 amOdd that some words have escaped. Shouldn't it be 'Phenix Arizona'? Or 'ameba'? What about 'Edipus complex'?
The only reason the yanks changed foetus to 'fetus' was because it looked too 'Frenchy', not because it had its root in the old Latin 'fetus' for 'offspring' (supposedly). I am sure the Romans would have had an actual word for 'foetus' but the internet is so blatantly biased towards Americanisms that it's virtually impossible to find the real origin. As I thought though, it has to do with pronunciation in late, or Mediaeval, Latin, and English. An 'e' on its own is still pronounced with a short 'e' as in 'pet', 'wet','met', 'Pegasus', 'medical' etc. etc. Hence the pronunciation of foetus as 'feetiss' (so you can see the inconsistency and silliness of pronouncing 'fetus' as 'feetiss').
Not to mention (but I will) the fact that the misogynistic god-bothering tossbuckets are trying to use the tenuous 'old Latin' connection as some sort of anti-choice 'argument'.
I was not seeing tus as tis.
To me, tus sounded like us, not hiss.
I don't often speak or hear the word.
What about Pakistan?
Up until Dear Leader’s time in the spotlight, I had only heard “Pack-is-stan.”
Then he came along to shine the light on “Pock-eee-stan.”
Did he shine truth, or affectation?
We also heard a lot about the Talleee-Bon.
Most American folks said Tala-ban (three soft a’s).
Were they wrong to do that?
(Your last sentence about the Latin offspring was off my radar.)