You Say ‘Po-TAY-toes’…
… And I say 'Po-TAH-toes.'
What does that have to do with flying saucers? Not a lot, but you have much the same choices when you use the terms “UFOs” and “ufology.” How do you pronounce those words?
Some people say “YOU-EFF-OHs” and “You-FAHL-ah-gee” while others say “OOO-foes” and “OOO-fahl-ah-gee”. What difference does it make? None at all. It’s just a matter of preference.
However, I much prefer “YOU-EFF-OHS” and “You-FAHL-ah-gee” and cringe a little when I hear the other terms used. My preferences go back to my childhood when I was taught that the letter U is often pronounced “YOU” and not “OO” as in the words union, unique, united, uranium, usual and so on.
Make sense? I hope so.
The same reasoning applies to UUOs or Unidentified Underwater Objects, most or all of which are probably UFOs seen or detected under water. “YOU-YOU-OHS”.
Let’s hear it for “YOU-EFF-Ohs” and “You-FAHL-ah-gee”!