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Klaatu barada nikto

While watching “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951 version) (***1/2) my son and I immediately recognized the failsafe words “Klaatu barada nikto” from “Army of Darkness” (****). If you believe the so-called experts (and we do) “Klaatu barada nikto” is the most famous phrase in science fiction. It has been referenced repeatedly in popular culture. We will ignore the substantial Wikipedia article entry on the subject and plant our own flag here, now.

Pronouncing Uranus – Latin it Is

uranusUranus is named after the ancient Greek deity of the sky (Ορανός), the father of Kronos (Saturn) and grandfather of Zeus (Jupiter). In Greek, Ouranos is stressed on the last syllable, in Latin, on the second syllable (ūr-ān’ŭs). The preferred pronunciation of the name Uranus among astronomers is, however, on the first syllable (ūr’ŭn-ŭs). This is the standard literary pronunciation. John Hahn, a Seattle Post-Intelligencer staff columnist, suggested in 1986 to pronounce it CARE-FUL-LY.