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Old 05-29-2010, 08:09 PM   #1 
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Question Pronouncing "Betta"

I just came across this in a 2004 thread on another site:

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The scientific name of the Genus Betta was taken from a word in the local language with the phonetic spelling bettah. Correct pronunciation,"Bet-tuh"
I've always pronounced it "Bay-ta." Everyone I've ever heard say it pronounced it that way as well. What's the right way?

BTW, I'll always say it the way I do now, because people will think I'm an idiot... :p
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:12 PM   #2 
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It is pronounced "Bet-tuh".. as in you "betta believe it" or "you betta recognize!" LOL

I was used to saying it as "bay tuh" so now I usually pronounce it as a mixture of the bad pronunciation and the actual.. it sounds funny but it works ;)
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:19 PM   #3 
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:24 PM   #4 
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Wierd. I say Bay-tah, and that's how everyone I know says it. I get wierd looks if I say "Bet-tuh" at a pet store.
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:30 PM   #5 
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I say Bay-tah and most of the people I know say Bay-tah,but I'm trying to get myself to say Bet-tuh,but it sounds odd to me.
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:30 PM   #6 
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Yeah but you also sound like you know what your talking about ;)

I don't really mind when people pronounce it wrong. What irks me is when people spell it "beta".. that is a greek letter.. not a fish.
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:34 PM   #7 
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I have always said bay-tah
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:36 PM   #8 
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I know, 1f2f, that just annoys me. >.<
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:38 PM   #9 
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Me too,It's betta not beta!!!!!
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:35 PM   #10 
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I know it's pronounced "bet-tuh" which is how I pronounce it in my head... but when I talk, I say "bay-tuh" as that's what it's ALWAYS called around here. I've never, ever heard someone say it differently. To me, it's just another word that can be said multiple ways, like po-tay-to, po-tah-to. Getting mad about the "wrong" pronunciation won't change the fact that almost everyone says it "wrong".



But spelling it wrong is inexcusable xDD
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