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How do you pronounce Betelgeuse?

Asked by rebbel (35501points) February 22nd, 2020

The red supergiant.

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janbb's avatar

I would pronounce it like the movie name “Beetle-juice” but I don’t know that’s right.

Demosthenes's avatar

I believe “beetle-juize” is the most common pronunciation. So just voice the “c” in the above. The name comes from a misreading of Arabic.

rebbel's avatar

I usually hear it pronounced as Beetlejuice too, but every now and then I hear ’Bettle Geese’.

Demosthenes's avatar

When I first saw it written out, I pronounced it in my head as “bettle-gooz”. I didn’t even know the movie Beetlejuice was referencing the name of the star.

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Caravanfan's avatar

In the astronomy community we say “Baytel Juice”

Zaku's avatar

According to Wikipedia , there are six common pronunciations:

الجوزاء / Ibṭ al-Jauzā’
يد الجوزا / Yad al-Jauzā
Betelgeuse /ˈbɛtəldʒuːz/
Betelgeuse /ˈbiːtəldʒuːz/
Betelgeuse /ˈbɛtəldʒuːs/
Betelgeuse /ˈbiːtəldʒuːs/,

filmfann's avatar

Beatle juice

ucme's avatar

Battle Geese

Caravanfan's avatar

With any luck it will explode soon.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Side bet doc it doesn’t last until July 4th,

Caravanfan's avatar

@Tropical_Willie I’ll take that bet. :-)

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I put it on my calendar. @Caravanfan

Caravanfan's avatar

Wishful thinking on my part of course!

Pinguidchance's avatar

You don’t say anything.

You just chew on the nut, extract the juice and feel The Throb – Black

Darth_Algar's avatar

Yeah, it’ll explode soon, but “soon” is relative. It’s doubtful we’ll see it in our lifetimes.

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