How do you pronounce "centimeter" ??? - page 2

Not a big deal but something that bothers me. I run into a lot of nurses who pronounce the word centimeter as sontimeter.... Read More

  1. by   LuvScience
    I've never heard the pronunciation "sontimeter". Where do people use it?

  2. by   Ntheboat2
    In the south, I'd say it sounds more like "sin-uh-meter." It's about a sinuhmeter!
  3. by   mariebailey
    Franglais is so darn sophisticated, I think I'll start pronouncing it "sontimeter". Merriam Webster's audio pronunciation: http://www.merriam-webster.com/audio...<%2Fspan>sn-\
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    I learned it as "sahn-ti-meter" way back when I was having babies and my OB pronounced it that way. I still like the sound of it, but use "sen-ti-meter" because everybody knows what a centimeter is.
  5. by   apocatastasis
    I've heard a number of people try to justify "sontimeter" as a French pronounciation of the word. Yeah, well, I have a French degree and speak French and Italian and studied Latin for two years. The word is CENTimeter.

    Whenever I hear someone say "sontimeter," what comes into my mind is, well, google "Emily Howard at the Swimming Pool."
  6. by   gonzo1
    So glad this came up for discussion because I say centimeter, but I have heard sontameter so many times I thought I was doing it wrong.
    I think its a pretentious thing and bugs me to death.
    "Long live the cent"
  7. by   owlRN01
    Oh my gosh! I thought I was going crazy when I moved from Indiana (where it is CENTimeter) to Florida (where ALL the nurses say SONTimeter!) What the!? It drives me nuts and I think it sounds totally prissy and I refuse to say it that way To each their own I guess. So funny that you brought this up I was just thinking about it the other day.
  8. by   Sadala
    I know med professionals who say "sontimeter," but for me, it's not rational to say sontimeter unless I'm also going to call 1 cent, 1 sont. So... centimeter.
    Last edit by Sadala on Nov 11, '12 : Reason: spelling
  9. by   DSkelton711
    I like "sont" but use "sent". I had a college professor who pronounced fetus as "fet-us" not as "feet-us". Drove me nuts.
  10. by   SaoirseRN
    Cent-I-meter. I'm from Canada, but western Canada. One of my instructors was from Ontario, and she said sont-i-meter.
  11. by   SummitRN
    "Sahn-uh-meter" - an attempt to pronounce centimeter in a pretentious manner that comes across as ignorant. This mispronounciation meme is rare, usually only found in OB nursing and a few southern regions.

    Of course, everyone knows better than to correct the pronounciation of an OB prof/preceptor/manager... so the mispronouciation survives into a new generation.
  12. by   turnforthenurse
    I say "cen-ti-meter." Some say sontimeter. Kind of like poTAYto, poTAHto, toMAYto, toMAHto...
  13. by   FDW630
    Quote from SummitAP
    "Sahn-uh-meter" - an attempt to pronounce centimeter in a pretentious manner that comes across as ignorant. This mispronounciation meme is rare, usually only found in OB nursing and a few southern regions.

    Of course, everyone knows better than to correct the pronounciation of an OB prof/preceptor/manager... so the mispronouciation survives into a new generation.
    Haha! Perfect definition. I am from Florida, born and raised, and had never heard anyone say "sahnometer" until I took Microbiology as a prerequisite. My professor said it that way. And now all of my nursing instructors say it too. It drives me NUTS. It isn't even spelled close to that trying-to-be-fancy pronunciation.

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