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Bi-op-ic or Bio-pic?

Old 03-12-06, 03:47 PM
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Bi-op-ic or Bio-pic?

How do you pronounce it? How should it be pronounced?
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Old 03-12-06, 04:40 PM
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Ummm....it's shorthand for "biographical picture." Thus, "bio-pic."
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bio pic
the other way sounds like you need to see an optometrist
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Old 03-12-06, 04:43 PM
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Bi-op-ic sounds like some kind of eye disorder.

Edit: I guess I wasn't the only one that thought that.
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Old 03-12-06, 05:50 PM
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As others have already stated, bi-op-ic sounds like an eyesight problem.
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Old 03-12-06, 06:18 PM
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I pronounce it Biop-ic
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Old 03-12-06, 06:29 PM
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I pronounce it Biop-ic
I spell it b-iopi-c but I pronounce it Throatwarbler Mangrove
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Old 03-12-06, 08:40 PM
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The correct pronunciation is bi-op-ic, only without any pauses between the syllables.
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Old 03-12-06, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Squirrel God
The correct pronunciation is bi-op-ic, only without any pauses between the syllables.
No it's not.

bī'ō-pĭk'

Go to either of these links for an audio clip of the word's correct pronunciation:

http://www.answers.com/biopic&r=67
http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/biopic

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Old 03-12-06, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by NatrlBornThrllr
No it's not.

bī'ō-pĭk'

Go to either of these links for an audio clip of the word's correct pronunciation:

http://www.answers.com/biopic&r=67
http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/biopic

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Old 03-12-06, 09:30 PM
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Don't believe everything you her people mispronounce.

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Old 03-12-06, 09:38 PM
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"Bi-op-ic" doesn't even make any sense. The word is a portmanteau of "biography/ical pictures", so you're combinining the 'bio' and the 'pic'. Granted, this isn't the case 100% of the time, but it is enough of the time to be able to determine the 'preferred' pronunciation.
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Old 03-12-06, 10:37 PM
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Roger Ebert pronounced it bi-op-ic the last time I heard him say it.
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Old 03-12-06, 10:43 PM
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I never realized that there would be confusion with the pronounciation of this word.
How do you pronounce the beginning syllables in "biographical picture"? Same way with the short form. I'm sure that you could hear someone using a different pronounciation somewhere, but seriously, which way seems more logical?
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Old 03-12-06, 11:11 PM
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What's "logical" doesn't always factor into what's "correct" when it comes to language. I have never in my life hear the word pronounced "bio-pic."
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Old 03-12-06, 11:36 PM
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Every time I hear it refered to on The History Channel, etc. it is always bi-opic (I suppose that is the same as bi-op-ic in this thread). I have never heard it called a bio-pic.

But then, I hear hollywood directors call an homage and "O maj" which probably just makes them feel smart. Technically correct, but everyone still thinks you're an ass.
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Old 03-13-06, 12:25 AM
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Off topic, but is it sit-com or sigh-tee-comb?
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Originally Posted by Count Dooku
Off topic, but is it sit-com or sigh-tee-comb?
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Old 03-13-06, 05:44 AM
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would it be considered myopic to assume bio-pic is prefered to bi-op-ic?
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Old 03-13-06, 06:12 AM
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I suppose the correct way to say it would be Bio-pic, but I've never heard anyone say it that way. I don't think I've ever used the word, though.

I'm going to choose Bi-op-ic, since that is how everyone I've ever heard pronounces it.
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Old 03-13-06, 07:05 AM
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The correct answer is bio-pic. Next question?
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Old 03-13-06, 07:26 AM
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I've never heard bio-pic said, bi-op-ic on the other hand, yes.
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Old 03-13-06, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by dtcarson
"Bi-op-ic" doesn't even make any sense. The word is a portmanteau of "biography/ical pictures", so you're combinining the 'bio' and the 'pic'.
Check out the big brain on Brad.
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Old 03-13-06, 08:49 AM
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i think the difference comes down to what you want to hear... to me, the difference between a syllable break between BY-OH-PICK and BY-OHP-ICK is so neglible when said fast that you can't really determine it.

then again, try asking a brit how to pronounce "elevator"...
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Old 03-13-06, 08:53 AM
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this thread is blowing my mind...I had no idea this was even a problem... it's clearly BIO-PIC and anyone else saying otherwise should be beaten.

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