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March 09, 2014, 17:28
wordcrafter
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This week enjoy a smorgasbord of words which open with a consonant cluster that's difficult to get your mouth around. Not just any cluster either: you needn't gnaw on familiar bonbons which everyone knows. (But enjoy them in this song.) Nor on ones with simple silent starter sounds (such as mnemonic, pneumonia or pterodactyl). We'll be far more exotic.

dhimmi – a non-Muslim living with limited rights under Muslim rule
I can find no indication how this is pronounced in English. In the Arabic world the pronunciation seems to depend on location: the dh- is z- in some places, th- in others.
March 09, 2014, 17:37
goofy
quote:
Originally posted by wordcrafter:

I can find no indication how this is pronounced in English. In the Arabic world the pronunciation seems to depend on location: the dh- is z- in some places, th- in others.


In standard Arabic it's /ð/ as in that.
March 09, 2014, 21:53
Kalleh
Welcome back, Wordcrafter!
March 11, 2014, 04:52
Geoff
Hooray! You're back! Big Grin
March 11, 2014, 07:22
wordcrafter
phthsisismedicine , archaic: pulmonary tuberculosis or a similar progressive systemic disease
Five consonants at the start! The cluster is pronounced either t- or th.
March 11, 2014, 11:36
Proofreader
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phthisis.

Sounds more like a urinary infection.


Give a man a fish and he can eat for one day; give a man a fishing pole and he will find an excuse to never work again.
Nollidj is power.
March 11, 2014, 11:56
Geoff
I thought it was what you had to write to earn a Master's degree.
March 11, 2014, 20:37
goofy
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Originally posted by wordcrafter:

Five consonants at the start!


Phthisis: four consonant letters, 2 consonant sounds. Cognate with khapra
March 12, 2014, 21:30
Kalleh
You have a really great blog, goofy.
March 15, 2014, 08:57
goofy
quote:
Originally posted by Kalleh:
You have a really great blog, goofy.


Thanks. I usually tell people that the posts are about Indo-European etymology, but at least they're short.