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February 1964


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70 NE Second St Miami 32, Fla

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(2):290. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010306030

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To the Editor:  Shouldn't we do something about mispronunciation of words? For instance, as common a term as "chalazion" is bounced around by our Eye Society group in so many ways it sounds ridiculous. The dictionary says ch sounds like a k and yet we hear ch as in "cha-cha-cha." Again we hear it as sh. I have several times attempted to stress what I was told once by Dr. James Lebensohn was the correct way—which is kalazion.Now another term which is being handled by various of the brethren in two different ways is disciform. It is my impression that the correct pronunciation is dissiform, and four of five dictionaries carry it that way. One dictionary notes it as diskiform. If statistics claim something as 80%, I thought that would be the right way. What do your authorities hold as correct?

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