Forgive me if you answer this question over and over again. I really did search for it in this sub, but I didn't find it already answered. I am the graduation announcer for my employer six days from now, and I will be pronouncing "laude" over and over again. What is the correct pronunciation?

Years ago, I was the graduation announcer at another school in another state, and it had a professor who taught a Latin class, and I asked him several times. Depending on the day, he gave me several different answers:

It rhymes with "applaud."

It rhymes with "naughty."

Pronounce it like "aw-day."

It rhymes with "rowdy."

All these answers came, admittedly on separate occasions, from one guy. I think he was entertaining himself by making me screw it up in front of several thousands of people.

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At any rate, I am hopelessly confused, and I come to you craving good guidance, ideally accompanied by a citation or other reassurance that I'm not being played again.


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· 3y
The 'au' in Latin makes an "ow" kind of sound, and the e at the end is short making it sound like a very low effort "eh" (not like the Fonz saying "Eyyy" or how we pronounce the letter 'A' because that would be a long e), so it's like saying "loud eh." Just make sure you put emphasis on the 'au' part, not the 'e' part.


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· 3y · edited 3y

Classical Latin:

Cum laude: /kũː ˈlau̯.dɛ/

Magna cum laude: /ˈmaːŋ.naː kũː ˈlau̯.dɛ/

Summa cum laude: /ˈsʊm.maː kũː ˈlau̯.dɛ/

Cum could also be /kʊm/, depending on time and place

Summa, depending on where you fall in the nasalization argument could possibly be /sũː.maː/, but that seems odd to me personally.

Ecclesiastical Latin:

Cum laude: /kum ˈlau.dɛ/

Magna cum laude: /ˈma.ɲa kum ˈlau.dɛ/

Summa cum laude: /ˈsu.ma kum ˈlau.dɛ/

Average Joe's English:

Cum laude: /kʊm ˈlɑʊ.deɪ/

Magna cum laude: /ˈmæɡ.nə kʊm ˈlɑʊ.deɪ/

Summa cum laude: /ˈsʊ.mə kʊm ˈlɑʊ.deɪ/

Cum may also be pronounced /kʌm/ in all of these

Summa may also be pronounced /ˈsʌ.mə/


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· 3y

What are the rules for nazalizing the preceding vowel in classical latin?


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Ciceronian
Rhymes with "cow day".


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discipulus

Actually the "i" sound in day is absent, because e is like this


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funfact: 'lauda' in Hindi means dick.


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· 3y

Unless the commencement is in Latin, I would probably go with the anglicized version, which rhymes with applaud. But as others have noted, it is not technically correct.


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ingeniarius

This is the only thing that makes sense.

Latin honors are based in the tradition of English speaking universities that would have used the English traditional pronunciation even when classes were monolingual Latin.


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· 3y

Here you go, sicerabibax's pronunciation is the Classical one, but the other one will work for your purposes. Do not even listen to the English recording.

https://forvo.com/word/summa_cum_laude/#la


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· 3y

http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=cum+laude&x=0&y=0&wid=1440&flash=n


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· 3y

“Lawe-day”


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discipulus

Using Google Translate is worth in this case, because it includes the text-to-speech tool. Anyway, the correct pronunciation usually follows Italian rules, except for -ti- in laetitia — in Italian I would say letítia but it is read* as laetitia or let*ízia, if you use Scholastica pronunciation.


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· 3y

Aww Lawd, here we go again.

Seriously, just say "loud." Not only is it an appropriate way to say it, but it is also less syllables so everyone gets the hell out of there more quickly.

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