“The Big Bang Theory” question regarding ‘Homo Habilis’

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The Big Bang Theory Cast

The Big Bang Theory Cast

A show that I only recently got into, The Big Bang Theory, is hilarious.

From the CBS website, a bit about the show:

Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists, the kind of “beautiful minds” that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny moves in next door. Sheldon, Leonard’s roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow CalTech scientists Wolowitz and Koothrappali. However, Leonard sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities… including love.

This show is a nerd’s delight. Lots of obscure references, science concepts, et cetera, mixed in with a boatload of anti-social tendencies.

For some reason, because I assume the show is “geared” towards the more educated population, I (perhaps naively) thought that the various theories and ideas would be scientifically accurate.

Homo Habilis

Homo Habilis

There is one word that they mentioned numerous times, and the pronunciation is not how I learned it. The word is habilis, as in homo habilis. Homo habilis is the earliest known species of the genus Homo, according to many. Granted I only took one archaeology class in college, but every time I hear them say it I cringe.

On the show, they pronounce it as thought it’s ‘haBILLus’, while I was taught it was pronounced ‘HAbillus’. I looked it up on some website, and they pronounce it as I was taught. You can listen here.

Just sharing.

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2 comments on ““The Big Bang Theory” question regarding ‘Homo Habilis’

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  2. mcm says:

    They also pronounce acidophiles wrong by saying acid-ah-fills rather than acido-files. as in a lover of acids. And also they pronounce methacrylate wrong. They say metha-crylate when it’s meth-acrylate. I also thought they would have a little more correct pronunciation for being a science based show.

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