Date: 12/19/17 3:10 pm
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: RFI - Sabine's Gull
Just got him
Here now.

Clayton, Linsey and Laiken Leopold
Texas City, Texas

On Dec 19, 2017 16:53, "Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <
<KlebWoods...> wrote:

> Did anyone look for the Sabine's Gull today? Any reports would be
> appreciated!
> Also, my co-worker and I have been discussing the "proper" pronunciation
> of this species. I have always heard it called suh-been (emphasis on the
> second syllable). She recently heard it pronounced as though it rhymed with
> "cabin". I did a little bit of internet sleuthing and found a blogger who
> had done the real sleuthing for me! From birdaz.com:
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> In 1953, William Henry Waldo Sabine published his Sabin(e): The History of
> an Ancient English Surname...on page 84, we have exactly what we're looking
> for:
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> "The correct pronunciation of SABINE in England is: SAB' (short as in
> 'cab') and INE (long as in 'wine').... The accent is placed on the first
> syllable, as marked."
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> W.H.W. Sabine goes on to add a note demonstrating abundantly the depth of
> his own feelings in the matter:
>
> "It is unfortunately necessary to insert here some remarks on the
> disagreeable practice of pronouncing Sabine as "Sabeen." So far as this
> compiler knows, no Sabine in England does this, but it is very frequently
> done by other people.... If the people concerned would pause to think the
> matter over for a while, they might perceive that it would be just as
> reasonable for them to speak of the "feen Alpeen cleember who carried a
> carbeen on his shoulder and a bottle of ween in his pocket." ... In short,
> to borrow a phrase from H.W. Fowler, the pronunciation "Sabeen" shows
> ignorance of English more conspicuously than knowledge of French or Latin."
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> Since Sabine's Gull is named after an Irishman, Sir Edward Sabine, I'm
> assuming the pronunciation described above was probably correct. Not sure
> I can actually make myself say it that way, though!
>
> Kendra Kocab, Naturalist
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