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November 6th, 2012, 20:04
For some reason the recommended pronunciation of the name of the planet Uranus is /ˈjʊərənəs/ EWR-ə-nəs with stress on the first syllable, in contrast to the colloquial /jʊˈreɪnəs/ ew-RAY-nəs, with stress on the second syllable.

Maybe we should have stuck with the name suggested by William Herschel, the official discoverer of said planet: "George".

Other proposed names were "Neptune" (which was quite silly as that's the name of the yet-undiscovered-planet-beyond-this-one) or "Neptune George", or "Neptune Great Britain" to commemorate the British Royal Naval fleet pwning someone during the American Revolutionary War.

The british "Her Majesty's Nautical Almanac Office" switched from "George" to "Uranus" merely 69 years after the discovery of the planet.

Nobody suggested "Nibiru".

pibbur who regrets the demoting of the even more distant planet-has-been Pluto, as this was the one closest to being named after him. OTOH it makes Gustav Holst's "The Planets" up to date again.

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