Do average native-speakers have difficulties in correctly pronouncing science-related words ( e.g. 'coelenterate' or 'chelicerae')?

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    Yes, I expect someone who had not studied biology would be uncertain how to pronounce those words. – Kate Bunting Feb 28 at 8:28
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    When it comes to words and expressions borrowed from other (esp. classical) languages, being native can't be of much help. Everyone needs to learn them the same hard way. – Kris Feb 28 at 9:10
  • Just look what they've done to psychology. – michael.hor257k Feb 28 at 10:22
  • This question is way too general. Could you provide some examples? – Karlomanio Feb 28 at 15:28

I think even science-related headlines are harder to pronounce when reading. It depends on if the community is interested in general science or working on science-related jobs (engineering, medical science, social sciences) or if it's a daily habit of someone wondering about nature, society or history.


Native english speakers may have difficulties in correctly pronouncing latinate words unless they have a perfect understanding of latin.

  • There isn't a single agreed-upon pronunciation of Latin, so while an educated person might understand the etymological roots, that does not mean that all educated people will pronounce those roots in the same way. – choster Feb 28 at 17:18

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