[MSA-talk] Fwd: Mineralanguage

Alfredo Petrov alfredo at mindat.org
Thu May 1 08:00:02 EDT 2014


Sugilite is an example of a mineral name pronounced wrongly more often than
correctly. Named after Japanese petrologist Dr Kenichi Sugi, whose name is
pronounced with a hard "g" (as in "geese"), whereas most english speakers
mispronounce it with a soft "g" (as in "gene"). This wasn't much of an
issue when sugilite was just an obscure ugly greenish-yellowish-brown
rock-forming mineral from Japan, but when it was found in South Africa as
large quantities of bright purple lapidary rock and thousands of people in
the gem trade started talking about it, the bad pronunciation got
entrenched.[?]


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