Originally Posted by Cloelia
Well, technically, it's supposed to be bet-tuh in English. But, what are words besides what we make them? I say bay-tuh. I get annoyed with people who say that's "wrong." And, I'm sure if the people who make dictionaries cared about bettas, they'd eventually put in that both pronunciations are acceptable (like the multiple acceptable pronunciations for semicolon).
Good point. Many words have different pronunciations, depending on where you live. Around here, it has ALWAYS been "bay-tuh", not "bet-tuh". If you said, "Bet-tuh" to anyone, most people would try to correct you as "bay-tuh". Besides, what does it really matter, when usually you can tell by the context of the conversation what the person is talking about?