How do you pronounce "Spica"?

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How do you pronounce "Spica"?

Postby lancashire astroguy » Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:13 pm

Hi forum,

I couldn't help noticing the beautiful arrangement of Venus, Saturn, the crescent Moon and the star Spica before dawn this morning. A question occurred to me that has nagged me for ages though. What is the correct pronunciation of "Spica"? Various alternatives I've used down the years have included:

(1) Speaker (as in loudspeaker)
(2) Spicer (rhyming with de-icer!)
(3) Spikk-ah (best not said with a Spanish person nearby)
(4) Spiss-ah (won't say what the first syllable rhymes with!)

This just won't do. [&:] If I don't get the correct pronunciation I'll just have to call it Alpha Virginis instead!

Regards,
James

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RE: How do you pronounce "Spica"?

Postby brianb » Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:30 pm

spy-kerr
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RE: How do you pronounce "Spica"?

Postby james s » Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:46 pm

Yes, that's about right, but I thought it had more of an Spy-ka pronunciation...?
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RE: How do you pronounce "Spica"?

Postby brianb » Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:03 pm

[quote] Spy-ka pronunciation...? [/quote]
I've no idea how you pronounce "ka". Thank you Henry Ford.

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RE: How do you pronounce "Spica"?

Postby cyclops » Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:33 pm

I've always said Speaker
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RE: How do you pronounce "Spica"?

Postby sftonkin » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:06 am

I pronounce it "AL-fa WIRR-gin-iss" [;)]

Otherwise SPICK-uh

@James, your (4) cannot be -- all "c"s in Latin are hard.

Other hint: [b]mincepeas[/b] ("i"s are short, as in "mince", except before vowels, when they are long, as in "peas".)
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RE: How do you pronounce "Spica"?

Postby cyclops » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:23 am

[quote]ORIGINAL: sftonkin

I pronounce it "AL-fa WIRR-gin-iss" [;)]


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So its in the constellation Wirgo then? ;)[:D]
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RE: How do you pronounce "Spica"?

Postby sftonkin » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:23 am


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So its in the constellation Wirgo then? ;)[:D]
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No, WIRR-go. [:D] (Stress on 1st syllable, rolled "r") [:)]
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RE: How do you pronounce "Spica"?

Postby bajr » Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:50 pm

I have always pronounced it as SPIKE-AHH

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RE: How do you pronounce "Spica"?

Postby spartacus » Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:40 pm

SCHPEE-CHA
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