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. Visit  LuvScience profile page
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    I've never heard the pronunciation "sontimeter". Where do people use it?

  2. Visit  Ntheboat2 profile page
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    In the south, I'd say it sounds more like "sin-uh-meter." It's about a sinuhmeter!
    timmedico and Bortaz, RN like this.
  3. Visit  mariebailey profile page
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    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-\
    gonzo1 likes this.
  4. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    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.
    tntrn and DSkelton711 like this.
  5. Visit  apocatastasis profile page
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    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."
    loriangel14 likes this.
  6. Visit  gonzo1 profile page
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    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"
    monkeybug and SummitRN like this.
  7. Visit  owlRN01 profile page
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    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.
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  8. Visit  Sadala profile page
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    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. Visit  DSkelton711 profile page
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    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. Visit  SaoirseRN profile page
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    Cent-I-meter. I'm from Canada, but western Canada. One of my instructors was from Ontario, and she said sont-i-meter.
  11. Visit  SummitRN profile page
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    "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.
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  12. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    I say "cen-ti-meter." Some say sontimeter. Kind of like poTAYto, poTAHto, toMAYto, toMAHto...
  13. Visit  FDW630 profile page
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    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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