December 5, 1980

Incorrect Pronunciation

Author Affiliations

Wilmington Medical Center Wilmington, Del

JAMA. 1980;244(22):2520-2521. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310220022013

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To the Editor.—  I am aware that a language needs to evolve to remain healthy. I applaud the introduction of new slang and the development of new twists and meanings for words through usage. I do not side with the purists who regard all such evolution as contamination of the mother tongue, but I do deplore changes that come about through ignorance and that corrupt and diminish the language.One of these is the currently widespread pronunciation of the word "processes" so that it rhymes with "sees" and as if it were the plural form for a singular word ending in "is." There is absolutely no excuse for "pro-cess-sees." The word does not exist, and I refuse to be dragged into a world where it becomes the norm just because many people say it that way and where pronouncing it correctly will be viewed with suspicion. I refuse to accept