So, Stammers in Star Trek Discovery, keeps pronouncing fungi, as fun-gee, instead of fun-guy. I've not heard anyone ever pronounce fungi this way before, even by Americans I've, met from different parts of the US. So who pronounces it fun-gee, besides the writers on Discovery??!!

OK, so it turns out lots of people say fun-gee, from different countries! How have I got to 53 and not heard it said this way before now?!!!!! Including from carbonspace friends?!
Rhetorical question ;)

Am very sad because there is a world of people out there that won't get the fungi joke :(

Further to the Stamets & fungi discussion, for anyone who like me didn't know...

The Paul Stamets character is based on a real Paul Stamets who is a mushroom expert in Canada. He is looking at how fungi can be used to "save the world" by cleaning polluted soil, replacing toxic insecticides and even treating viruses.

Read about him and the work he is doing with fungi here:

HT to @dani for sharing this originally.

@GwenfarsGarden I think maybe Californians do? Or my mum does anyway, and that's where she's from?

@vicorva that would explain it, since that's where Hollywood is.


@GwenfarsGarden me? I'm not sure from where though. Northern Englander gone South.

@g1comics by the number of responses I'm getting, it's a lot more used than I had any idea of. And I'm an ex-Aussie/ex-southern englander now northerner!

@GwenfarsGarden I've heard it before. Not often, but its out there. Still a bit weird.

@Juju I'm finding this is much more common than I had any idea of! I've just never heard someone say it like this before.

@GwenfarsGarden Huh, I grew up saying fun-gee, as someone who grew up around southern englanders. Dunno if that's a south thing or a unique to my family thing tho

@FrazzledBrynn from people's responses, it's much broader than I realised. I've just never heard someone say it like this before.

@GwenfarsGarden @dani I looked him up on wikipedia and found this gem "He has two children from a previous marriage, one of whom is named after a hallucinogenic mushroom."

apparently he's a graduate of the college down the road a ways from my house.

@technomancy @GwenfarsGarden @dani My understanding was that the mushroom was named after his son, not the other way around.
Though the son _was_ named for the characteristic shade of blue the family of mushrooms often bruise.
Very amusing nonetheless!

That photo of him in the article is one of the few we have seen where he is *not* wearing a hat made out of shrooms. Pounding polypore with ashes to make a felt like material, a method we would like to try but not managed to get enough details of to figure out yet.
Now we are lighting a fire again as thr cold appears, we may have to experiment.
He speaks really well, his lectures are well worth exploring on YouTube.

@GwenfarsGarden I say it like that, but I'm not a native English speaker so perhaps my pronunciation should be disregarded.

@GwenfarsGarden I'm English and I pronounce it fungi! Always assumed fun-guy was a USian thing. :P

@GwenfarsGarden My microbiology professor pronounces it fun-jai .. which only adds to the confusion!

@GwenfarsGarden ive only ever heard it when experts rattle off a list of totally correct pronunciations only to then say Fun-guy like everyone else...

@metawish It seems from replies, there is quite a mix of people anywhere that say either. I'm just wondering how I got to 53 to only just hear fun-gee now!

@CreatureOfTheHill It seems from replies, there is quite a mix of people anywhere that say either. I'm just wondering how I got to 53 to only just hear fun-gee now!

Words are funny things.
There are a vast number we mispronounce or say with dialect, because we decoded how they should be said. These will be the ones we read for a very long time before hearing someone *actually* say it. Lots we correct, but some have just stuck 🤷

@CreatureOfTheHill This reminds me of how I used to pronounce Antique wrong. I'd read it, but never had heard it said out loud, and then confused a couple of friends when I was about 18, talking about 'An-Q-teeks', which is how I'd pronounced it in my head. It took me years to get used to the 'correct' pronunciation, and I still occasionally lapse.

@GwenfarsGarden Ok, so since you brought up Paul Stamets' character and fungi -- you're probably going to love this: he's named after a real person. The real Paul Stamets consulted with Star Trek for the series on the subject of mycelium.

@dani OMG, this is AMAZING, thank you so much for sharing. I love it. What a great guy, and so cool of ST Discovery to include his work and name.

Do you mind if I go ahead and share this?

@GwenfarsGarden We were pretty excited when we found out, since he's in our region. Cortes Island is reached by driving up our island (Vancouver Island) and then taking a ferry to another little island and a second ferry to the island he's on.

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