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Subject: Re: Prn and spelling of Bryony? Edited to remove a typo
Author: Anneza   (Authenticated as Anneza)
Date: May 14, 2009 at 10:40:16 PM
Reply to: Prn and spelling of Bryony? by Tempestgirl
A glance at the word 'bryony', from which the name comes, will show that in UK English at least it is pronounced brie o ni, with the first syllable having the same sound as in 'eye'. If a good American dictionary shows something different, then that is the American pronunciation.

Either way, Bryony has got nothing whatsoever to do with Brian. Look them both up, and you'll see. The Briony spelling is used for the plant, but less frequently than the Bryony version, which goes right back to ancient Greek via Old English. So, both spellings are accepted, but your pronunciation would raise eyebrows among speakers of British English.

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