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Poll: Pronunciation of Cicada
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Cindi    Posted 05-23-2004 at 05:16:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
How is it procounced...

A: kicka-dah

B: Sick-ay-dah

Les    Posted 05-23-2004 at 10:40:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
si CAH duh here in NH.

TB    Posted 05-23-2004 at 09:46:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
si-cad-a with short a at the end

deadcarp    Posted 05-23-2004 at 09:46:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I chose b: sick-ayduh. Unless you say sick-ayder like they do in uh-strailier :)

TB    Posted 05-23-2004 at 09:46:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
si-cad-a with short a

BadMoon    Posted 05-23-2004 at 08:57:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Always called em' LOCUST here in NE MISS. Never even heard of Cicada until NewsPapers printed a short article about 10 or so years ago..BadMoon

~Lenore    Posted 05-23-2004 at 07:58:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
(sic kay' dah) is how I always pronounced it.

Herb    Posted 05-24-2004 at 00:07:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lenore, I'm still trying to figure out how to say Hankamer.

Ron,ar    Posted 05-23-2004 at 07:14:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I grew up pronouncing it "Losusts". Thats what we called them. We called grasshoppers just that.Didn't know the locusts refered to in Biblical times and in the Utah event was grasshoppers. I never heard of a cicada till I was grown.

KellyGa    Posted 05-23-2004 at 06:57:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
How do you say it Cindi?

KellyGa    Posted 05-23-2004 at 06:55:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi, THANKYOU! I told Mama just the other day, I said "Mama, we grew up saying KICKADA, why do some call it the other? I figure Growing up in the south, where they are prevalent every year, not just the 17th like so many say, that WE were correct. I call it a KICKADA :)

Cindi    Posted 05-23-2004 at 07:00:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, therein lies the quandry. Fred and I both grew up in Texas within sixty miles of each other. I say Kicka-dah, he says Sick-ay-dah


Salmoneye    Posted 05-23-2004 at 07:06:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I grew up here in VT and we have them every year too, not just the 17 year variety...We have always called them 'Sih-Kay-Duh'...

hay    Posted 05-23-2004 at 06:40:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
i always heard it pronounced: Cee-Kay-Duh.

ret    Posted 05-23-2004 at 06:03:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
they were supposed to be here by now, are in Maryland and DC area, but for some reason not known, they have not made their appearance here. Hope they don't

steve19438    Posted 05-23-2004 at 06:03:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Salmoneye    Posted 05-23-2004 at 05:42:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
ci·ca·da ( P ) Pronunciation Key (s-kd, -kä-)
n. pl. ci·ca·das or ci·ca·dae (-d)
Any of various insects of the family Cicadidae, having a broad head, membranous wings, and in the male a pair of resonating organs that produce a characteristic high-pitched, droning sound. Also called cicala.

sih-kay-duh or sih-kah-duh

Steve from TN    Posted 05-23-2004 at 05:21:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hollerin' bugs

Seriously, I say "Suh kay duhs" They won't answer to anything ya call 'em.

jeanette    Posted 05-23-2004 at 07:03:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
look at one once don't they look sad?

Cindi    Posted 05-23-2004 at 07:31:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
No sadder'n me if I accidently touch one.

It's starting to look like Fred might be right.

KellyGa    Posted 05-23-2004 at 09:03:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Guess you and I are outnumbered. :( Oh well, I still like to say it like KICKADA, just sounds right, to me anyway.

Herb    Posted 05-24-2004 at 00:17:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
What does a cicada look like anyway? If I knew 17 yrs ago, I don't remember now. If any came out around my house, they would be promptly eaten by fireants. Why didn't they name them something everyone can pronounce like nutria rat?

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