Sami again

A. Vine andrea.vine@Sun.COM
Tue, 19 Feb 2002 16:01:06 -0800

Right, certainly every time I and all of the English speaking world need to know
how to pronounce a word we haven't seen before, we immediately consult the
Oxford dictionary.

Yessiree, Bob.  That's what every last one of us does.  Without exception.

Michael Everson wrote:
> At 11:47 -0800 2002-02-19, A. Vine wrote:
> >
> >  > Sami would on the face of it rhyme with swami,
> >
> >Maybe if paired as such people might see it that way; but on its
> >own, in the US or among any of the British I have ever met (or live
> >with), it is much more
> >likely to come out "Sammy".
> The New Oxford Dictionary gives [sa:mi] and [swa:mi] as
> pronunciations of those two words "Sami" and "swami". [sa:mi] would
> be the same as Norwegian "samisk" [sa:mi(sk)] and Finnish "saami"
> [sa:mi]