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Posted: Sat May 12, 2018 9:55 pm
by JohnRN
I'm terribly sorry to bother folks with this but I hear an era-radio announcer sharing news about the USMC in the Pacific.

At the end of his bit, he says, "Semper Fi!," which is appropriate but he pronounces it 'fee,' which I'm not sure what means and not 'fye,' which I'm 99.99% certain is the correct pronunciation of the USMC's proud motto, yea, their battle cry.

I'm not here to cast dispersions on a fine game and wonderful group of producers/artists. I've just run across a party[ies] that firmly believe it was pronounced 'fee' because "the true Latin pronunciation is 'fee' and that "superior officers in World War II were conversant in Latin."

I have a hard time even writing what he thinks, it seems so ludicrous.... Like a radio announcer announced it JUST for the superior officers, who were sitting back and listening to the radio, with their snifters of brandy, wearing polished Calvary riding boots, etc., and not the general listening audience who were "normal" and non-Latin speakers... like a bad WWII movie.

Any input on this? :?


Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 9:22 am
by Erik2
From wikipedia.

Semper fidelis (Latin pronunciation: [ˈsɛm.pɛr fɪˈdeː.lɪs]) is a Latin phrase that means "always faithful" or "always loyal". It is the motto of the United States Marine Corps usually shortened to Semper fi.

So Fi could be considered a short form of Fidelity.