Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Heterogeneous-shmeaneous

I hate the pronunciation of the words heterogeneous and homogeneous, those last couple syllables are such tongue twisters. Back about a year ago I was pondering why we say homogenous milk instead of homogeneous milk or heterogeneous systems instead of heterogenous systems and I looked up their definitions. To my surprise the dictionary said that heterogenous and heterogeneous are synonyms as are homogeneous and homogenous.


With this knowledge in hand, I've decided to change the world and I'm asking for your help. Every time you want to say heterogeneous say heterogenous instead. Say it now: het-e-rog-e-nous. See how it just flows off the tongue. Now say het-e-row-geeeeee-kneeee-ouus. Am I right or am I right?


Please know, you will be corrected when you say this. I can assure you from experience, you will be corrected, but stick to your guns and say it anyway. The world will be a better place.


Note: On the milk issue homogenous in this usage is just a bastardization of homogonized so homogeneous doesn't make much sense.

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