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Why do Americans pronounce it as 'teen' then ? Are they stupid ?

 

 

Yes.

 

Actually, I've always heard Emperor Constantine's name pronounced "teen". Se also: serpentine

 

Serpentine ? Really ? That's up there with Ly-ses-ter Square.

 

It should be in a SFAQ somewhere this one.

 

THE CORRECT PRONUNCIATION OF "CONSTANTINE" AND SIMILAR WORDS

(ie the British way)

 

"-TINE"

LATIN OR GREEK ORIGIN: Constantine, Serpentine, Turpentine, Clementine, Byzantine, Adamantine, Elephantine, Philistine, Vespertine, Clandestine*1

 

"-TEEN"

AMERICAN OR FRENCH: Tangerine, Libertine, Quarantine, Guillotine, Langoustine, Brigantine*2

 

SCIENTIFIC: Chlorine, Bromine, Iodine, Fluorine, Fluoxetine.

(which is ironic as the US say them wrong in the other direction!).

 

TRADE NAMES: Ovaltine, Margarine, Brilliantine.

 

And of course, Subroutine

(only joking)

*1 I've often heard clandesTIN

*2 I've heard both, although mostly in old pirate movies.

 

 

In the states, we also use the -TEEN pronunciation for Philistine (sometimes) and Byzantine (most of the time...)

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Yeah, luv, leave those things to the pros, you never know when one might twist out their tongue while trying to pronounce that one, and we don't want another lawsuit...

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It depends on the poem you're writing, now doesn't it?

 

My intestines went all serpentine,

After I ingested the turpentine.

 

 

What's turpenteen?

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New Avatar, Jay. I like it.

 

Over here, it is pronounced ... as in the movie.

and the way Emperor Constantine ....

 

not Tyne, anyway.

 

And over here, it doesnt matter

if the pronounciation is a tad mangled

although i try to pronounce things the way

the person wants it pronounced ... if its a name

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It depends on the poem you're writing, now doesn't it?

 

My intestines went all serpentine,

After I ingested the turpentine.

 

 

What's turpenteen?

It's my pappy's secret moon shine ingredient. White lightning is the best. It's so fucking good it'll make ya go blind.

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How curious... how has a spambot picked up on just this single solitary thread, and not others?

 

Edit: ...especially such an evidently badly-constructed one :)

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I'm English and say 'teen', but John says tine. But then the emperor was 'teen'. I'm gonna guess John was on hallucinogens that day and somehow got his OWN NAME wrong. Happens to me all the time.........

 

Love from,

EpacSal.

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Fuck.. and I have always said "Constanteen".. now I have to redeem myself. I'm an idiot.. and that fucking movie.. shit.

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I say Teen it tends to be how tines pronounced, i dont think that constantine has the same affect as constanteen.

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