Monday, July 02, 2007

It's a planet! Who knew? Part 3

(Heard while traveling somewhere in the mommy-van with my family.)

In my daughter's 4th-grade science class this last school year, one of the students pronounced the name of the planet Uranus like I was taught to: "Yer-anus."

The teacher corrected him and said it's pronounced: "Urine-us."

After a beat, one of the girls piped up and asked: "How does THAT make it any better?"

1 comment:

Sleemoth said...

I recently (finally) heard a pronunciation without any scatological tones. In the movie "Letters from Iwo Jima", there's a Japanese officer with a horse of that name. The japanese pronunciation is "ooo rah nus" (accent the 2nd syllable).

Maybe your daughter can pick up some extra credit for that (not that she needs it!).