How do you pronounce "centimeter" ??? How do you pronounce "centimeter" ??? | allnurses

How do you pronounce "centimeter" ???

  1. 0 Not a big deal but something that bothers me. I run into a lot of nurses who pronounce the word centimeter as sontimeter.
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  3. Visit  RNsRWe profile page
    I say "cent", but I've also heard "sont". Me, I don't care as long as I know what they meant.....tomAto, tomAHto!
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  4. Visit  loriangel14 profile page
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  5. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
    Cent ih meter. Son eh meter is silly unless you're French.
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  6. Visit  MarcyRN profile page
    That's funny. I say "cent." When I first became a nurse, a LOT of people said "sont." It took me a couple of times to get what they were talking about, and it bugs me still today. I thought it was a regional thing. :-)
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  7. Visit  mystory profile page
    I also pronounce it "cent." It annoys me slightly when I hear it pronounced as "sont" just sounds a bit pretentious to me.
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  8. Visit  Bortaz, RN profile page
    See Emms.
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  9. Visit  sapphire18 profile page
    I never heard the "sont" pronunciation until I was in nsg school. We had to ask our professor what she was talking about. It still annoys the he!1 out of me. Is it just a nursing thing??
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  10. Visit  jmdRN profile page
    Depends who I'm talking to

    If I'm talking to English staff it's cent-ti-meter, if it's the French staff it's 'son'timetre
  11. Visit  Good Morning, Gil profile page
    lol, proper pronunciation is definitely cent as in "sent," but it's a regional thing as someone mentioned. When I first heard it that way, it took me a second to know what they were talking about. I'm like, okay, sont...sonar, where are the dolphins? lol
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  12. Visit  Thunda profile page
    cen-ti-me-ter  [sen-tuh-mee-ter] - noun one 100th of a meter, equivalent to 0.3937 inch. Abbreviation: cm, cm.
    Last edit by Thunda on Nov 10, '12
  13. Visit  Thunda profile page
    so-nom-e-ter   [suh-nom-i-ter]- an instrument used to measure the sensitivity of hearing"
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  14. Visit  Flare profile page
    my high school chemistry teacher used to say : centimeter: sent to meet her, sent to meet her, sent to meet her... if her hasn't met her yet, then he may as well for get it... that always stuck with me
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