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Primus, Prime, Primary

December 20 2002 at 6:11 PM
John Winskill 

Response to Vital question...


My pronunciation of Primus comes from the assumption that the intent of Primus was to present itself as first and formost. Hence, prime. Pry-mus seems natural. We Yanks do, however, have a purportedly well known tendency (undeservedly of course) for ethnocentricity. Is the 'i' in the prefix 'pri' generally given a long or short pronunciation in the Queen's English?

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  • Prim, prima donna, prima facie, primer - Ed Winskill on Dec 20, 2002, 11:47 PM