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Thread: How to pronounce Linnaeus?
July 16th, 2013 10:28 PM #1
How to pronounce Linnaeus?
I came across this name about a week ago. It means "lime tree" in Latin. I'm hoping it's pronounced lin-nay-us instead of lin-knee-us because I prefer the former. I wasn't aware there was a botanist with this name as a surname until two days ago. Do you automatically think of the botanist when you hear the name?
July 16th, 2013 10:47 PM #3Senior Member
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it is pronounced lin-nay-us, and yes I do think of Carl Linnaeus though I think of his role in taxonomy more than his role as a botanist, I don't think many people outside of the biology community (I have my bachelors) would make that connectionCoraline "Corey", Georgiana "Georgie", Cecilia "Cici", Guinevere "Gwen", Rosamond "Rozz"
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July 16th, 2013 10:53 PM #5
Yes, I do think of Carl Linnaeus. I disagree with nercomi, I think most people who have been in a high school science class with a biology unit (so, most people) will know Carl Linnaeus' name. It's definitely not a bad association, but for me, it's a strong one.
It's pronounced (anglicized): lih-NAY-iss (http://www.forvo.com/search/linnaeus/)
What about Marius, Romaeus, or Caius, if you don't want the botany association?Lucia
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July 16th, 2013 10:55 PM #7
I was an English major, so this may be the reason I've never heard of him until recently. I never had a biology class or science class where his name ever came up. Not opposed to a botanist connection, just wondering if that was the first thing to come to mind because it didn't with me.
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July 17th, 2013 01:09 AM #9Senior Member
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It's Lin-ay-us. It's not a negative association to the scientist. He developed the method that we use to name species.Mom to Sylvia Caron and Linus Roman