How do you pronounce "Prius"?

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Main Forum' started by Stev0, Jun 12, 2007.

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  1. Stev0

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    I know this subject has come up before, but nobody made an actual poll, so here it is.
     
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    That's what I thought. But how do you pronounce "Prii," the commonly used plural around this board? I would guess "pree-eye" :)

    Been reading these boards for over a week. I take delivery of my new Barcelona red metallic, "Ruby", tomorrow!
     
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    I've only heard "Pry-Us" on the BBC, "Top Gear" program from Jeremy Clarkson. It would be more interesting to hear a Japanese native speaker give a phonetic spelling. Perhaps there is a "U-Tube" clip around?

    Bob Wilson
     
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    I pronounce Prii like this: Prius. The plural of Prius is Prius. Okay people, let's start the Latin declinations again.

    Tom
     
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    :)- yes Tom, I read that, too. But as I read posts and I see "Prii" - I wonder how those who use it anyway pronounce it.
     
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    When Fr. Bill was on the board he would refer to himself as the resident Priust.
     
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    The plural of Prius is "Look! There's another one." :)
     
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    Tom, you are a fountain of knowledge. So help me out here given my latin training was limited to my earliest days of catholic school shortly after the second Vatican council, why is it that Prius follows the 4th declination and not the 2nd?

    Seriously, I'd like to know... Bob
     
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    Prius is from Latin, it would be more interesting to hear it pronounced by an ancient roman than a Japanese.
     
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    Dictionary.com offers the following:

    pri⋅us

    /ˈpraɪ[​IMG]əs/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [​IMG] [prahy-uh[​IMG]s] Show IPA Pronunciation [​IMG]
    –adjective (in prescriptions) before; former.
    Origin:
    1890–95; < L[​IMG]



    Soooo.... the winner is Prius with a long 'i'
     
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    "pree-eye". But what's a group of them called?
    You know... a murder of crows, a parliament of owls, a pride of lions, a hover of trout...
    a smug of Prii?
     
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    In Japan they pronounce it pooh-lee-oosoo. And it is definitely not Japanese.
     
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    who is the one monkey who voted pry-us:suspicious:
     
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    Ohhh... I forgot to vote.... there!
    Although Webster says its pronounced pry-us... I pronounce it pre-us and voted as such.
     
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    +1. I was wondering the same thing. I voted pree-us.
     
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    A sheep, a flock of sheep.
    Cars come in fleets so a number or gathering of Prius would be a fleet of Prius.

    Maybe a person from a different cultural background to you might pronounce it differently, doensn't make anyone a monkey.
     
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    Just click on it to see...it's a public poll.
     
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    I'm in a minority, but I've always been partial to calling a group of Prius cars a "Pride of Prii".
     
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    My car pool'er just bought an '08 a few months ago. He calls it (to the shagrin of his Prius owning brother in law) a Pri-aus (rhymes with floss). He asks me, "is that how you say it"?

    I tell him, "I'm having a Fred Astaire de ja vu" : :D

     
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