I was completely blown away when I did my “How do you pronounce the word ‘tiara’?” poll a while back and discovered that I was in the minority because I say “tee-air-uh” and not “tee-aahr-uh”.
In fact, though 2 people claim to not say it either way (Ahem, Nukedad and…Tom? Such manly men.), four of you say it like I do but a whopping thirteen of you say it
wrong the other way.
Blown away doesn’t cover it, actually. I was flabbergasted. I actually PUT OFF looking it up for realsies because I was scared that my pronunciation wouldn’t even be listed as an option, and wouldn’t that make me a total sham, being known for my tee-air-uhs and all?
The huge sigh of relief that came out of me when I went to the ever-trusty dictionary.com was probably heard in Asia.
The good news? We’re all correct.
Tiara = ti⋅ar⋅a
/tiˈærə, -ˈɑrə, -ˈɛərə/ [tee-ar-uh, -ahr-uh, -air-uh]
1. a jeweled, ornamental coronet worn by women.
2. Roman Catholic Church. a head-piece consisting of three coronets on top of which is an orb and a cross, worn by the pope, or carried before him during certain nonliturgical functions.
3. the position, authority, and dignity of the pope.
4. a high headdress, or turban, worn by the ancient Persians and others.
1545–55; < L: headdress < Gk tira kind of turban
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.
Maybe now I’ll be able to sleep tonight.
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I love happy endings!
Doesn’t matter how you say it, as long as you wear it well!
Everytime I read this blog post I’m thinking in my head “lets call the whole thing off…”
Yeah, I need to get out more. Just so you know, I pronounce it the right way, too. 😉
I think I’m off to grab my tiara and give it some quality time today.
Potato, potahto. Mine still looks good with my tool belt.
Sue: Me too! 🙂
Weaselmomma: That was really profound for 8:30 a.m.! Loved it!
Melissa: That was the idea. 🙂 Maybe I need to get out more as well. xoxo
Nukedad: Your potato or your tiara?
I lost sleep last night worried over the pronunciation of this.. I am so glad I can sleep better tonight LOL I love when we are ALL right LOL
Melisa, you may SAY that we’re all right, but … really, we all know that my way is the only right way and *gasp* Dude, you say it wrong 🙂