Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Diocese

The plural of diocese is dioceses. I was taught you pronounced it die o seize. I meet a lot of people who now say die o seizes. With whom do you side?

16 comments:

Caroline Too said...

...don't want to appear apathetic, but I probably don't, st.

RuthJ said...

Hmm. By connotation with diocesan, maybe die o scissors?

Marcella said...

I always thought that the singular is 'die o sis' with the plural being 'die o seize', so I guess I'm on that side of the fence!

Mr Gnome said...

Seize the day, says me.

No other choice!

: - )

Rob Norman said...

I'm a die o-seize man myself but can't help wondering why you are wondering!

Kathryn said...

I'm another seizer...

david said...

Surely one Diocese is more than enough to cope with!

Emma said...

'die o seize' but then I would have written it diocese and pronounced it differently. I have indeed learnt something today.

Youthblog said...

Steve,

Working as I do for a Diocese, this is something I have to think about.
(and 'Diocese' is a very odd word! especially to people outside of the church.)

I agree with you on the pronunciation although if people are reading 'Dioceses' it often comes out at Di-os-ees-iss.

I'm happer I think with the word "Diocesan" and then you can just pluralise that which it refers to, eg Diocesan Bishops, Diocesan web sites etc

'Diocese'always sounds to me like the name of some hero or another in a Greek Odyssey (which makes me wonder about the pluaral of odyssey?)

Mike Peatman said...

Die O siss singular
Die Oh Seize plural

I think

Anonymous said...

The Anglican communion is falling apart, pews are emptying, gays get married in Church, lead is being stolen from Church roofs, General Suynod is about to debate some of the most far reaching and potentially damaging matters . . . and you worry about how to pronounce dioceses? Oh dear!

Marcella said...

At least we can spell 'synod'.

Custard. said...

Diosis for the singular.
Dioseez for the plural.

But last time I was at Church House, dioseez was normal for the singular, with various horrible variants for the plural.

St said...

Thanks. I think we can agree there is no agreement but it was good to have a brief survey. Anonmymous; your comment about 'Aren't there more important things to talk about?'is interesting. Would love to get some context by knowing a bit about you but I will post further on this question.

Mike Peatman said...

I'm enjoying a lighter conversation as a change from my work!

Mike Peatman said...

PS it was a blessing of a civil partnership.