This may seem silly but I have been a Type I Diabetic for 44 yrs. When I was diagnosed Diabetes was always pronounced Di-a-be-tus. Now everyone says Di-a-be-tees. It drives me crazy!! I know there are plenty of more important things to be bugged by. :) I want to know when this words pronunciation changed. Any oldies that I know always use Di-a-be-tus. I have a young friend with Type I. I'm old enough to be her Mother. She laughed at me when I pronounced it the old fashioned way. I said Hey I say it the correct way! LOL!!! Even good ole Wilford Brimley says it the way I do. So any thoughts on this? I have never found a definitive answer on this one.

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You all pronounce it my way while I'm reading your posts!
ONLY if you agree to pronounce it my way when you are not reading my posts!
Right, I pronounce it my way!
Fun is the right way to do it. And my meter is STILL named Cleetus with Diabeetus, whether Kelly says it or AR says it. :-)
According to the online dictionary, BOTH are correct. You can click on the little speaker logo on this page and hear them. There is also a third pronunciation, Di-a-be-tis. Also correct. I think its just a regional thing. I tend to say di-a-bee-tus, which sounds correct to me, but occasionally find myself saying one of the other pronunciations. My grandmother, aunt, mom and dad pronounced it the same way back in the 1970's. And Brimley uses both 'tis and 'tus. LOL!
Or, we could say diabetus, emphasis on us, is the plural, as in Wilford talking about all us diabetics in the commercial?
Well, if we're talking about US, I sort of prefer dia-DON'T-beat-us!!! :-)
That sounds like the best pronunciation yet!
I'm a Type 1 of 54 years and all I know and have ever heard was di-a-be-is. There is no "u" in diabetes to pronounce the word as "tus". Webster's shows the pronunciation with the " t" as silent and ending as "is". Could it be a colloquialism from your part of the country? Diabetus drives me crazy.
I heard it pronounced dia-be-tus myself
I keep trying to conceive of this debate in the terms of "The Cousins' Wars", which compiled folkways from the English Civil War, through the American Revolution to the US Civil War. The could, of course, be stretched out to Bush vs. Gore/ Red States/ Blue States, etc. however I wonder how this structure may have affected how we say the D word....
whats that song? You say pajamas, and I say pajamas, you say tomato and I say tomato.




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