It was finally getting to me. I just couldn't handle it any longer. As I listened to people talk about diabetes I was hearing a totally different pronunciation for "diabetes". I kept thinking, "Why?.....Why are you saying it THAT way? Don't you realize you are completely butchering the pronunciation?!!"
Then, the kicker....our diabetes team at Children's said it THAT way. I seriously had a hard time listening to their actual words as they spoke because this debate was raging in my head. So now it was really bugging me. I had never heard it pronounced THAT way, so who which way is RIGHT? I just had to investigate.
Merriam-Webster's to the rescue!!!!
Here is the pronunciation entry:
di(with line over it)-(upside down)e-'be(w/ line over it)-te(w/ line over it)z, -'be(w/ line over it)-t(upside down)es
O.K., O.K.....so I totally botched that up.....too hard to recreate without the proper symbols.....but let me give you an idea of what it says"
die-uh-bee-tease OR die-uh-bee-tuhs
So there you have it...... they are both correct!!! Although one does come before the other in the pronunciation guide!! (wink, wink)
Phew.....I'm glad I can put that little debate in my mind to rest......I can now listen to people totally mispronounce the word and be at ease knowing they technically aren't mispronouncing it.: - )