What’s My Line?

In 1958, there was a game show in which panelists had to ascertain the occupation of a guest.

During the life of the show, I do not recall anyone who was a dental hygienist. However, I am writing about this particular occupation that no one seems to pronounce correctly (not the person who works for my dentist, not my dentist, not a friend who is one, and not a family member who is one). In addition, it is pronounced incorrectly by the actor in a commercial for a popular toothbrush.

They all say “hy-jenn-ist.”

I have no clue as to why.

To set the record straight, the correct pronunciation is to simply add  “ist” to the word “hygiene” (hy-jeen-ist).

Although I never have seen a male hygienist, they do exist.




About stanleygraphics

I am a veteran graphic designer who started at the time when cut and paste meant an X-acto knife and rubber cement. I use my experience to educate others. I have an intolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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