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... to rhyme with "glass", "ti" being pronounced /s/ in Gilbertese. It is said that the Rev Hiram Bingham jr, when he brought "civilisation" to the islands in the 1860s, neglected to ensure that he had enough "s" blocks in his printing set; but this seems to me too good to be true.

As arwel_p pointed out, one of the islands of Kiribati is Kiritimati Island, also known, with nearly the same pronunciation, as Christmas Island.

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sierra_le_oli
Apr. 25th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
*groan* I guess I should've seen that coming!
parrot_knight
Apr. 25th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
I was glad I stuck to my guns! I remember this being the regular BBC pronunciation years ago, though '-bahti' crops up nowadays.
katlinel
Apr. 25th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
There's more than one way to pronounce "glass". This household covers both of them. :-)
tree_and_leaf
Apr. 26th, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
Gosh! I never knew that.
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