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Are educators robbing today's kids of science room humor?

How do you pronounce "Uranus?"


Long ago, in a Milwaukee public school far, far away, I learned that the seventh planet from the sun was pronounced "Your-anus." And the jokes have transpired ever since.

I've noticed, however, that my kids pronounce it "Yer-a-ness." They have a Leapster game that teaches them about the planets, and the computerized voice says it this way, too, leaving the "anus" out of Uranus.

So, which way is correct? And did "they" change to a more polite pronunciation of the planet over the years? First Pluto's not a planet and now this? I can't keep up.

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newguy | April 30, 2009 at 6:35 p.m. (report)

actually, the last one is basically the correct, scientific, pronunciation. "You - rah - noose"

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devidia | April 29, 2009 at 4:32 p.m. (report)

How about "Your-AAHHHHHHH-noos"??...

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brewerfan13 | April 29, 2009 at 9:55 a.m. (report)

I laughed way too hard at that joke. I think I need to get out more!

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garnetgirl | April 29, 2009 at 7:18 a.m. (report)

Your anus, of course! During grade school, we didn't even know what an anus was! (of course, that was WAY back in the 50's)

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PK | April 28, 2009 at 7:35 p.m. (report)

My first dirty joke was "What does Captain Kirk and toilet paper have in common? "They both keep Klingons off Uranus"

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