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February 1964

PRONUNCIATION-Reply

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140 Marlborough St Boston, Mass 02114

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(2):290-291. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010306031

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Abstract

Dr. Kulvins's letter was referred to Dr. Harry K. Messenger, ophthalmologist, and philological consultant for the Twenty-Third Edition of Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, who offers the following reply.

To the Editor:  In English the words chalazion and disciform are pronounced "kalazion" and "dissiform" respectively. Any other pronunciation is hardly acceptable.In medicalese they are pronounced ad libitum and ad ignorantiam. Medicalese is above all rules, and this is its great charm. But for ease, simplicity, consistency, and uniformity the disciplined pronunciation of English deserves preference.In such words as chalazion, which is of Greek origin, ch has the hard sound of k, as in chaos, character, chasm. The false analogy of the French chancre probably accounts for shalazion; and chalazion, with ch having its ordinary English sound as in chair, needs no explanation.As a rule, in English words sc before e, i, or y is sounded as

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