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Classical persons - how are we pronouncing "Daedalus"?

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CharlotteBronteSaurus Thu 04-Jul-13 19:03:28 settle the argument between DH and DD1's reading book glossary.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Thu 04-Jul-13 19:06:13

It was "deedalus" in my day. (70's Scotland)

EeyoreIsh Thu 04-Jul-13 19:06:27

Well it's a dead language so you can pronounce it however you like.

However, at school we pronounced it as:


mrssmooth Thu 04-Jul-13 19:09:11

I always thought it was day-da-lus (that's how they seem to pronounce it on the south coast, close to the ex-naval place with the same name)

Cheddars Thu 04-Jul-13 19:09:15

I always thought it was 'Day-da-lus' and I'm usually right about everything most things. wink

MooncupGoddess Thu 04-Jul-13 19:14:25

Dee-da-lus. Like arch-ee-ology.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Thu 04-Jul-13 19:16:51

DH's money is on Daydalus, glossary says Deedalus

I did Latin instead, so am neither use nor ornament here

edam Thu 04-Jul-13 19:19:52

My school said die-duh-lus.

I imagine, thinking of paediatrics, you could make a case for dee-duh-lus.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 04-Jul-13 19:21:04

I thought it was dee-d'l-s

that's as close as I can get to typing out how I say it. grin

On stargate they call it day-dee-lus.

Rufus43 Thu 04-Jul-13 19:23:03

On the south coast it's day-da-lus. I have never heard it any other way but when I hear people refer to it in the classical sense they all seem to pronounce it as dee-da-lus. I thinks it's like cosh-am (Cosham) and boz-um (Bosham) you pronounce it however you damn well please!

Skygirls Thu 04-Jul-13 19:24:35

My school said die-de-lus too.

Skygirls Thu 04-Jul-13 19:32:57

Just googled though and the Greek pronunciation sounds like dead-a-lus or day-da-lus.

Doesn't really help does it......

altostratus Sun 28-Jul-13 01:12:13

Dee du-lus first.
Then Day-du-luss, but the 'ay' part is not stressed, it sounds more similar to dead, as somebody has mentioned. If that makes sense grin

JeanPaget Sun 28-Jul-13 01:16:36

I'd say die-duh-lus

curlew Sun 28-Jul-13 01:26:48

It was dee-da-lus when I was young. However, it's dae-dalus now. HTH!!!!

Cooroo Sun 28-Jul-13 09:21:00

Another die-duh-lus here. Is age relevant as pronunciation of classics seems to shift? I'm 53

ChunkyPickle Sun 28-Jul-13 09:23:11

Day-da-lus for me too (also a southerner if that makes a difference)

SoupDragon Sun 28-Jul-13 09:28:00

On Stargate Atlantis they pronounce it Dead a lus. Personally, I think it should be Die da lus.

MirandaGoshawk Fri 23-Aug-13 22:26:31

Another one for Dee-da-lus here, and I'm both a southerner and in my 50s. smile

meditrina Fri 23-Aug-13 22:30:00

I 'see' is as Die-da-lus (from how I was trained to say 'puellae'). But as he was Greek not Roman, I know I could be wrong.

Day-da-lus here too, also lived near HMS Daedalus. Never heard it pronounced any other way.

My friend who lives in Cosham insists it's Cossam BTW. I say Cosham.

Elsiequadrille Sat 24-Aug-13 11:51:05

Day or dee da-lus

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Sat 24-Aug-13 11:58:06

Die da lus

nickelbabe Sat 24-Aug-13 12:01:30

i was taught dayu-de-lus at school, but teacher didn't have the classics.

i think it should be die-da-lus

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