Correct Pronunciation of a Latin Word in an Audiobook.

Wolfster63

New Member
I'm going to narrate a work of fiction for an audiobook. I'm struggling a bit with the correct pronunciation of a word.

"DISVNITVS" - Meaning to separate or pull apart. Is it (forgive me for being unable to write it out phonetically) "Dis-YOON-i-Tus?" or "Dis-OO-ni-tus?" or perhaps neither? Not 100% sure and really want to get this correct.

Numerous searches on both the internet and this forum have come up empty.

Thanks!
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
Disunitus means more precisely "disunited" or "separated", referring to a male person or a thing of masculine grammatical gender. It's a pretty rare and non-classical word. I don't know why you chose that one or how you're using it, so I can't tell if it works for your purposes. In any case, the pronunciation is roughly like this:

di-soo-NEE-tooss

But the first "oo" is long, like in "tool", whereas the second is short, like in "book".

The "i" in the first syllable is like in "sit".
 
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Wolfster63

New Member
Thank you so much.

I believe the rarity of the word is why the author chose it. And yes, separated/disunited fits exactly with the story line/theme.

Again,

Thank you!
 
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