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Old 09-22-2014, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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I heard Alex Trebek say "leftenant" on Jeopardy! today.
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:09 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Default So, why do they pronouce Regina like.......?

Somebody had to bring it up, seriously. Saskatchewan's capital city has a pronunciation that has an uncanny rhyme to a word that I would imagine makes adolescents and adults alike all over Canada chuckle at once in a while. For appropriate content lets just say it sounds like angina, but you know what I'm getting at. Why the hell do they pronounce it like that and not the like female name?
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Actually, it doesn't make Canadians chuckle that much. We are used to hearing it.
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:18 PM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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Makes for a good limerick.

There once was a girl from Regina,
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Old 10-11-2014, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Regina is the Latin feminine word for "queen". The way it is pronounced in Canada Re-gie-na is the proper pronunciation of the word, not Re-gee-na as it is used for a woman's name. The city of Regina, meaning queen, was named in honour of Queen Victoria, also known as Victoria Regina.

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Old 10-11-2014, 10:11 PM
 
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Regina is the Latin feminine name for "queen". The way it is pronounced in Canada Re-gie-na is the proper pronunciation of the word.
Well, that's certainly not how the Romans said it. What's your definition of "proper"?
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Old 10-11-2014, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Well, that's certainly not how the Romans said it. What's your definition of "proper"?
It doesn't matter how the Romans said it as a name, the only thing that's important is how the British said it at the time the city was officially named. You know how the names of people or places are called "proper" names? Regina used as a proper name for a person is not pronounced the same way as when it's used for the word queen. Queen is not a name, it is a title or a rank. Regina the city was called by a title or rank, not by a name. The pronunciation is correct.

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Old 10-11-2014, 10:36 PM
 
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Yes, I know what proper names are.

"This is the way the British pronounced Regina at the time the city was named," is a reasonable answer for why this pronunciation is used.

"This is the proper pronunciation for regina, the Latin word for queen," is not a reasonable answer as it is patently incorrect. I assume the Romans knew how to pronounce their own word for "queen," and it was not re-gie-na. The fact that the British pronounced the title (not the proper name; we're clear on that) a certain way does not make it "correct."

The British are actually rather notorious for mispronouncing foreign words, as anyone who's heard a Brit say taco ("tack-oh") or Nissan (rhyming with kissin') knows.

However, it's also clear that this rather unfortunate pronunciation is "correct" as far as the city goes.
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Old 10-11-2014, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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It doesn't matter how the Romans said it as a name, the only thing that's important is how the British said it at the time the city was officially named. You know how the names of people or places are called "proper" names? Regina used as a proper name for a person is not pronounced the same way as when it's used for the word queen. Queen is not a name, it is a title or a rank. Regina the city was called by a title or rank, not by a name. The pronunciation is correct.

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Now I am confused.

You are the one who brought up the Latin origin. Not him or her.

As for Regina as a woman's name, there is no proper pronunciation for a name like that. I am sure there are women who say Rej-eye-na and women who say Rej-ee-na. Probably more of the latter when you think about it.

But yes, Rej-eye-na is the right way to say the name of the city, not because of some hard and fast rule written in the stars, but simply because that's the way the people of the city say it.
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Old 10-11-2014, 10:38 PM
 
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Regina is the Latin feminine word for "queen". The way it is pronounced in Canada Re-gie-na is the proper pronunciation of the word, not Re-gee-na as it is used for a woman's name. The city of Regina, meaning queen, was named in honour of Queen Victoria, also known as Victoria Regina.

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I think Ray-GEEN-ah ("G" like "get") would actually be the proper way of pronouncing it, assuming Latin was pronounced like Spanish.
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