Argyrotype pronunciation

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  1. PVia

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    OK, is it Ar-gyro-type, as in gyroscope?

    Or, Ar-gear-o-type? Or Ar-jeer-o-type?

    Or, something more exotic like, Ar-zher-o-type?

    Thanks!
     
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    I would go with Ar-gyro-type, taking a lead from argent - silver; argentous - containing silver; etc.
     
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    Greeks go by the original "arghirotipi'a", foreign languages borrowing the term would go by the phonetic rules of each dialect, so I imagine there isn't a set way to pronounce it.
     
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    The inventor of the process, Mike Ware, pronounces it "Ar-gyro-type" (as in gyroscope). The root is taken from Greek, (argiros = silver), but the modern Greek pronunciation is near impossible for English speakers to master (because of a soft Gamma).

    It could be argued that the original loan-word argiros is taken from ancient Greek, which had a hard pronunciation of the letter Gamma, making "Ar-gyro-type" a rather correct pronunciation.
     
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    tomahto
     
  6. xtype

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    That's "domata" in Greek.
     
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    But tomato is an American word. Well, Central America. As in Aztec. From Wikipedia, "who called it xitomatl (pronounced shi-to-ma-tlh), meaning "plump thing with a navel". The word tomato comes from a word in the Nahuatl language, tomatl."
     
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    Schleimpflug. Anyone?
     
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    Ooh, I think I detect another JBrunner video in the works... :D
     
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    We're running an exhibition of several alternative processes including argyrotypes in Brighton, UK, until November 14th 2008. For details see: http://www.siderotype.com/fringe.htm