Pronounce Pleco

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Plecostomus
I'm sure this has been discussed ad nauseam (I did search a little) but how do you pronounce "Pleco".
Years ago I had never met any body that said it any other way than sounding like plehko (like the "e" sounds in get).
About 2 years ago my step daughter gets a "play ko" and now that is what I am hearing.
I'm not going to debate how to say it, I am going to continue to say plehko because playco sounds a little pretentious, and not sure where pleeco comes from (maybe a latin teacher).
Is it an age thing, Texas thing, or I had never heard it pronounced scientifically before?
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LOL, I fret about stuff like this too! And my experience is exactly as you as describe above - and I'm from Texas… so there's a point for that
 

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Pl-eh-co.

I heard a guy say "Chillid" the other day, as in "Cichlid. I laughed.
 

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My friend says "Tertra" for tetra


 

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I say pleh-ko. I'm from New Hampshire and the woman I learned it from also said it this way.

I can't find anything on the etymology of the word, other than that 'stomus' is from the Greek word for mouth. But if we're going with modern Latin pronunciation, I'd say the short "eh" sound is correct. But as long as you can communicate what you're saying, it isn't that big of a deal. (Although the people who say 'bet-ah' for betta do drive me a little batty)
 

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I've always pronounced it Pleh-koh too, but I've heard Plecostomus pronounced differently. I pronounce it Pleh-koh-stoh-mus, but I've heard people pronounce it Pleh-kah-stah-mus. It sounds smoother the second way (when you say it fast, but the pleh sometimes sounds like pluh), but the first way seems more logical with how it's spelled and how we say the short version
 

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Danjamesdixon said:
Pl-eh-co.

I heard a guy say "Chillid" the other day, as in "Cichlid. I laughed.
I used to call them Chicklids. lol



I have heard Plee-Co, Play-Co, and Pleh-Co. I guess I have always assumed it was the later because it would be pronounced the same as it would be in its full name Plecost*mus. Its not a Playcostomus.. lol
 

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Plecko.
 

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Yeah, plecko/pleh-co.
 

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Actually it's "Plec", but Americans like complicating things...
 

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hampalong said:
Actually it's "Plec", but Americans like complicating things...
Lol, pleco sounds better though.
 

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Anders247 said:
Lol, pleco sounds better though.
Plec sounds better. Pleco sounds bettero.
 

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I say it "pleh-co", and I do like additional "o", gives it a nice sound lol! Just "plec" sounds like "blech" to me...... lol, such an interesting mind I have.......
 

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how are you saying "pleh-co" anyway, is it like Plato?
 

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Pluh- eh (same "e" as in egg)- co is how I say it!
 
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I am North american USA, so I add the O. but to clarify.
the "E" I am talking about is pronounced like a short e in latin, or the E in egg, or like let go of my pleggo (get it? the waffle)
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hmm.. I been trying to think of how to best to describe the way I say it and the best I can come up with is... Plecko like gecko (not be confused with geico) or a Pl with an echo after it Pl-echo.
 
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That's it plecho

 

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I say plehco, most people around here say playco though.

 

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But how do you say plehco, what does the h do?
 
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