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New way of pronouncing 'Uranus'

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At risk of being accused of advocacy/let's-all, I propose a new way of pronouncing the name of the planet between Saturn and Neptune. (I will say that I'm not asking everyone to pronounce it this way (though that would be nice), nor does its success as a pronunciation depend on everyone using it. Also, I think this is no more illegitimate an idea than the others in this category.)

The two common pronunciations of the planet's name sound like "URINE-us" and "your- ANUS", both of which many people would prefer to avoid confusion with (and both of which some people enjoy the confusion with, but I'm not one of those people).

My proposed pronunciation is "OO-ran-oos". This avoids the risk of toilet humor, and as far as I can tell, does not suggest other irrelevant things either. In support of this pronunciation, the Ancient Greek name of the god the planet was named after was Ouranos (which was Latinized to Uranus with a bar over the U), so this pronunciation even seems to be a bit more accurate in that regard.

notexactly, Apr 15 2016

Uranus http://www.universe.../symbol-for-uranus/
The Symbol, but not Prince. [whatrock, Apr 17 2016]

Turns out CGP Grey suggested basically this a few years before I did https://www.youtube...watch?v=h3ppbbYXMxE
This is why I don't watch CGP Grey despite thinking his videos are great: I often have the same ideas he does, and I want to be able to say mine are mine. [notexactly, Sep 27 2017, last modified Feb 11 2018]


       [+] well... yeah.   

       Since we don't pronounce Ursus Minor as Yoursus Minor, or the name Ursula as Yursula, I'm guessing the snickerization was on purpose... which is why you shouldn't let idiots contribute to the dictionary.   

       So does Venus become VEH-noos ? (or WEH-noos)
FlyingToaster, Apr 15 2016

       It was going to be called Neptune at one point.
nineteenthly, Apr 16 2016

       Is there life on m'arse?
bhumphrys, Apr 16 2016

       How about YouRANus?
RayfordSteele, Apr 17 2016

       In the style of pop culture we could simply note the symbol ⛢ and call it "the planet formerly known as Uranus".
whatrock, Apr 17 2016

       I suggest that we just rename it, by auction. It could then be "Microsoft" or "Macdonald's"
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 17 2016

       Let's just call it "Butthole Planet" to make life that much tougher for science teachers.   

       Let's see them get the class to seriously discuss the lesson on mass spectrometry with regard to what we're learning about the gaseous atmosphere of Buttonhole Planet.
doctorremulac3, Apr 17 2016

       On reflection, I suspect that Uranus was around long before your anus.   

       Applying the principle of priority, therefore, we ought to change the pronunciation of your anus. If it we called "your anoose", the problem of Uranus would disappear within a generation or two.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 17 2016

       New name for Uranus to give it more personal ownership: Myarse   

       Other rude/juvenile names for planets under consideration.
xenzag, Apr 17 2016

       I say we name all the planets "Butthole Planet" but just number them. Sun included as "Butthole Planet 1" even though it's not a planet. (Like that's the biggest problem with the name?)   

       Then when people were talking arrogantly about their plan to "save the Earth" it would at least be easier to giggle at them.   

       Cue majestic music:   

       "Together, we can save Butt hole Planet 4 from the ravages of (insert cause here). So won't you please help us save Butthole Planet 4? If not for you, for future generations... of Butthole Planet 4, because we're all here, together on this tiny blue dot, that is Butthole Planet 4."   

       The funny part is where it's called "Butthole".
doctorremulac3, Apr 17 2016

       It's 'You Reign Us'. Sheesh! No respect for the Gods...   

       You should prolly all Appologise.   

       The funnier part is where it's called "Buttonhole" every second time.
notexactly, Apr 18 2016

       Friggin spell check!
doctorremulac3, Apr 18 2016

       I know; it's a complete pain in the apse.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 18 2016

       Well, better than spell check doing it the other way around I guess. "Where were you planning on inserting that button?"
doctorremulac3, Apr 18 2016

       How about calling it "Winky Mc Sphincter"?
doctorremulac3, Sep 27 2017

       Well, if you're all going to snigger then we'll just call it by its Nahuatl name - Xiuhtéuccîtlalli. Now, anyone still sniggering?
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 27 2017


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