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Bringing this over here from my twitter feed and expanding it a little.

It all started when I realized that British English pronounces forsythia /fɔːˈsaɪθiə/ - like scythe in the middle. My own pronunciation was a mix of the British and the American version: /fərˈsɪθiə/ - the Star Wars Sith pronunciation I'd like to call it. What's your pronunciation like? I don't know whether I came up with my version of my own or whether I heard it in NZ or GB?

The German pronunciation of Forsythie - nearly the same word except for the last letter - is very different though: Phonetically we would spell it Forsützie, the more or less IPA version, taken from a German online dictionary is this: [fɔrˈzy:tsi̯ə] - a world away from the British version!


But then I thought of Fuchsie and fuchsia - same last letter difference again, also a very different pronunciation: German call it [ˈfʊksi̯ə], English-speaking folks say /ˈfjuːʃə/ - and as to spelling it, there is the tendency to turn it into fuschia.

So, we have a Scottish botanist William Forsyth and a flower named after him and a German botanist Leonhart Fuchs and a flower named after him. Naturally, we ignore the native pronunciation of the name and come up with our own. Which I am totally fine with, but it is a little confusing.

With Dahlie and dahlia, named after a Swedish botanist Anders Dahl, the German and American pronunciation are fairly close on the sound of the a (let's ignore the l and the fact that the IPA letters are the same, but the pronunciation isn't):
Dahlie = [ˈda:li̯ə]
dahlia = BrE /ˈdeɪliə/ AmE /ˈdɑːliə/
The Swedish pronunciation of the a is probably different again!

As to other flowers named after people, there is Poinsettia - which was the trigger for all this because of this language log post about its pronunciation and Bougainvillea.

Poinsettias are Weihnachtssterne in English, literally Christmas stars, which is the easy way out as far as mangling the name goes. Bougainvillea are named after a French general and explorer and here the German [buɡɛ̃ˈvilea]  is a little closer to the French version than the English /ˌbuːɡənˈvɪliə/ - which is lovely in its own way, I think.

Any other flowers named after people that come to mind?
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Not a sign of global warming.

Hamamelis/Witch-hazel/Zaubernuss blooms in winter.



Lovely smell, too.

Cork.

Oct. 1st, 2015 06:08 pm
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I'm still not quite done with the Portugal pictures - I keep posting them to remember the holidays. As there is only one more school day (which we'll spend on a field trip) until the autumn break, I should really post some today! Read more... )
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You are going to see pictures of a very pretty animal that is about to destroy our box tree. Warning: Caterpillar pictures )
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Birthday flowers for [livejournal.com profile] frances_lievens because she is passionate. Also, pretty.



One more )
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We've got a mini-pond in the backyard, bought two years ago:



I can tell this is an old picture because the apple crate planter in the background has lost its colourful label (and this year's carrots don't look half as healthy).

Yesterday I got the tripod and took some pictures: )
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As is tradition around this time of year, we went on the motorway and visited family in Hesse. Text and pictures )

This time there we didn't go for the sights and while I had wanted to take the kid to the very famous castle, we of course didn't. You don't mess with tradition.

Edited for spelling picnic the German way.
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That last post wasn't as vibrant as I hoped.

In hindsight, the evening setting makes it look rather sombre.

Let's try again - this time with colours!



This is Lantana camara, which is a popular ornamental plant in Germany, especially because the flowers change colour during the summer. I was surprised to see them grown as hedges or as shrubs in the wild, but Wikipedia informs me that it is an invasive species in many warmer countries.

Even though I wasn't happy with how I answered that prompt, I wouldn't mind getting more from you!
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I'm doing picture requests - just ask, I might just have it.

Blooming lovely )

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