Monday, June 12, 2006
Just a little question in lieu of a full-fledged post:
When did the pronunciation of diabetes change?
All my life, I had thought people were afflicted with something pronounced "die-uh-bee-tees".
Now, commercials tell me, there are new products available to treat "die-uh-bee-tiss".
All I want to know is "why"? Unlike other words, such as "Uranus" that have had their pronunciations shifted intentionally, I can deduce no reason for this seemingly artificial change. Have there always been two pronunciations? Is it a regional thing?
I don't know why, but every time a certain radio commercial promises relief from "die-uh-be-tiss", I cringe.