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You say tomato, I say to-mah-to, you say certiorari, ...

How do you pronounce certiorari? However you pronounce it, you are probably neither right nor wrong. Our friends at Legal Writing Prof Blog explain.

In high school, I learned that we really don’t know how the Romans pronounced Latin. For instance, when Julius Caesar said, “Veni, vidi, vici,” it may have sounded like Pontius Pilate in Monty Python’s Life of Brian: “weni, widi, wici.” If my teachers were correct, then there is no “correct” pronunciation of certiorari. My suggestion: forget the Latin and just say “cert,” as in Certs.


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