This is a discussion on how to pronounce aegis within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; -jiss...
Hmm. Aelbric, I learned that Caesar was pronounced Kaiser in real Latin, but I learned otherwise about the classical Greek pronunciation.
I don't know how it's pronounced, but I know that it's a big reason why avionics troops don't reproduce.
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and a high school education to fix'em!
I pronounce it 8 shot, 9 mm, and I shot my new one today. No hiccups through 300 rounds. Only Kimber I have that has done that to date. Can you spell fun times!!
I know, I know, you are smarter than me..just ask you..
AE is pretty confusing sometimes. My previous post is how I was taught. To make matters worse, it can vary depending on your nationality, location, or native language. Here's a couple more links I found that should prove totally confusing.
Excerpt from last link:
"AE, AU, EU and OE
This is a bit more complicated situation, but I’ll try to make it a bit clear. With vowels, there are some combinations of letters that are more difficult to pronounce.
Ae is always pronounced as e in the word smell. Usually it declares a feminine name or when seen as a word’s ending, a noun from the first declension of the five Latin nouns’ declensions in genitive.
When found in the middle of a word, it usually denotes a Greek, but “Latinized” word, that in Greek was written with the Greek diphthong Alpha Iota (αι), a diphthong which was and is pronounced as a long e. For example I’ll give the word Melanotaenia, which must be pronounced as Me-La-No-Tee-Ni-A (remember e or ae are always pronounced as e in the word smell).
The only exception to this rule is the word aeneus and all the words that have as their first part this root (aene-), which means something colored like cooper.
This word must be pronounced as a – e – ne – us stressed on - e - (and not on – ne -), or as a – he – ne – us. This h is pronounced in this case as h in words house, have and heritage.
I won’t say which rule this is due to because it’s complicated to understand for someone that has no idea of the Greek language’s “oddities”. And there are quite many of them...."
That's the clearest explanation I've found and is as clear as mud. Anyone who managed to read all that, hats off. And no, I'm not the geeky type, just a misspent youth in journalism.
So, I guess, IMHO, bottom line: ee'jis.
Well, that's what I thought, too. Most interesting post, though, on a most interesting thread. Thanks!
Aelbric, I'm going to have to call BS (although I suspect someone just explained it to you incorrectly). Classical Latin pronounces the "-ae" as a long I - "aquae", for example, is pronounced "ah-kw-eye" (although the "kw" and "eye" are the same syllable - I wasn't sure how to properly write it phonetically). These days, most English speakers choose to pronounce it as you stated, but that's a bastardization of the British bastardization of ecclesiastical Latin.
Or so my 8 years of Latin taught me. I will admit that I could be wrong, but it seems unlikely to me given the high quantity of different teachers I had in those years. If you know that I am wrong, please let me know so I can avoid continuing with my error.
yea its EE-jiss for sure. - i asked kimber :)