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Old 09-11-2017, 07:20 PM   #106
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I've heard a lot of people use rotsee rather than R.O.T.C. When I was in college, back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, one of my roomate's friends was known as Rotsee Ray because he was in the R.O.T.C.
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Rot-see was quite common when I was in college and knew some ROTC people. Mid west (USA) in case that matters.
Rotsee was a very common pronunciation for ROTC back in the 60s. My dad was a ROTC instructor for a time, so I knew the term first hand.
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Old 09-11-2017, 07:43 PM   #107
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Rot-see was quite common when I was in college and knew some ROTC people. Mid west (USA) in case that matters.
The problem is that not everyone is familiar with Rot-C and everyone is familiar with R.O.T.C. So why not do what works for everyone and not take some out of the story?
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Old 09-11-2017, 08:10 PM   #108
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Good question, but perhaps the reader didn't know that not everyone was familiary with rotsee. If one *is* familiar, you don't realize that others aren't.
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Old 09-12-2017, 03:25 AM   #109
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The problem is that not everyone is familiar with Rot-C and everyone is familiar with R.O.T.C. So why not do what works for everyone and not take some out of the story?
They aren't, Jon. I doubt that one person in a hundred in Britain would be familiar with it.
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They aren't, Jon. I doubt that one person in a hundred in Britain would be familiar with it.
Would people in Britain understand R.O.T.C.?
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:04 AM   #111
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If a narrator says "R-O-T-C," it's clear to a listener that it's an abbreviation, even if the listener doesn't know quite what it stands for. If a narrator says "rotsee," it's a lot less likely that a listener is going get any meaning out of it. ROTC isn't an acronym, it's an initialism, and therefore a narrator should pronounce each letter.
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Would people in Britain understand R.O.T.C.?
No, they wouldn't. That's what I was saying in my previous message . It is an American institution, and one that's almost completely unknown in Britain.
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Old 09-12-2017, 01:05 PM   #113
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I've heard a lot of people use rotsee rather than R.O.T.C. When I was in college, back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, one of my roomate's friends was known as Rotsee Ray because he was in the R.O.T.C.
I've heard rotsee a lot, myself. Strangely enough also back in my college years. Two syllables vs four. *shrug* The shortened, shortened version is self explanatory if you have to use it a lot.

It wouldn't have really distracted me much, but I can see how it would others. "Are Oh Tee See" would definitely be the "safer" pronunciation. But understanding how much (and how often) the creation and usage of new acronyms were used as humorous interludes/banter in the book itself, I wouldn't be surprised at all if "rotsee" was a purposeful inside joke.
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Old 09-12-2017, 01:28 PM   #114
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As someone born in the US, who has listened to and watched _many_ UK books and productions, and now lives in Canada, the various differences in pronunciations still often catch me out. 'an-SILL-a-ree' wouldn't bother me, even though I'd grown up with 'AN-sill-air-ee', but others still grate. OTOH, I now find the US pronunciation of 'praah-ject' instead of 'pro-ject' positively annoying. Even when I do it myself.

As for rot-see -- my teachers always referred to ROTC, but no one who was in it ever used anything but rot-see. I have no idea what's current, however.
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