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.