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How do you pronounce "centimeter" ???

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by shermrn shermrn (New Member) New Member

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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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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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loriangel14 is a RN and specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

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cent-i-meter

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MarcyRN has 7 years experience and specializes in Intensive Care.

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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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mystory has 9 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med/Surg.

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I also pronounce it "cent." It annoys me slightly when I hear it pronounced as "sont"..it just sounds a bit pretentious to me.

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Bortaz, RN has 10 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in CDI Coordinator; Formerly NICU.

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See Emms.

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sapphire18 specializes in ICU.

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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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jmdRN has 2+ years experience and specializes in community small-town med/icu unit.

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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

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Good Morning, Gil has 3 years experience and specializes in Rehab, critical care.

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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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Thunda has 1 years experience and specializes in Med/Surg.

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cen-ti-me-ter  [sen-tuh-mee-ter] - noun one 100th of a meter, equivalent to 0.3937 inch. Abbreviation: cm, cm.

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Thunda has 1 years experience and specializes in Med/Surg.

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so-nom-e-ter   [suh-nom-i-ter]- an instrument used to measure the sensitivity of hearing"

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