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How to say: Avastin and Erbitux

Host Host | 12:57 UK time, Monday, 21 August 2006

A guide to words and names in the news from Lena Olausson of the BBC Pronunciation Unit.
Lena Olausson"Two pronunciations for today. The cancer drugs that will not be made available on the NHS, Avastin and Erbitux, are pronounced uh-VAST-in (sometimes also ay-VAST-in) and UR-bi-tuks."

(Click for a guide to our phonetic pronunciations (PDF).)


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  • At 08:30 AM on 22 Aug 2006,
  • Tub O'Lard wrote:

Why learn how to pronounce them if we're not going to be able to ask for them? :)

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  • At 11:45 AM on 22 Aug 2006,
  • Cap'n Jack wrote:

I always think that Avastin should be said with a strong pirate's accent - as in: "Avast me hearties!"

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