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September 28, 2009


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Lindsey, Wren, Margaret - what an interesting conversation this started. All good reasons behind the "why", and kinda nice that EVERYBODY'S right!


I've always said Pie-leated, but that's only because I think it would be spelled Pilleated if you were to pronounce it Pil-eated. Whew! I don't think it's addressed in Strunk and White, so I suppose it's really a personal preference.


I say PIE-lee-ay-tid because of the phonetics and the base pileus, which is pronounced pie-lee-us. I always wondered which was correct, but to tell you the truth, I don't really care which way it is pronounced; it's quite an impressive bird!

Lindsey D.

I say PILL-eated as well...I'm pretty sure I learned that pronunciation from a Scotsman. I'm glad that someone else around here says it that way, PIE-leated seems very common up here in Glens Falls/Queensbury, locals enjoy trying to 'correct' me haha.

The Dr. Language article makes me laugh so hard every single time.

The Zen Birdfeeder

LNMP - One of a lot of people's favorites. Just saw one two days ago - first all summer in my yard.


One of my favorite birds: PIE-lee-ay-tid Woodpecker. It doesn't matter to me how other people pronounce it!

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