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How do you pronounce SEISS?

Discussion with my self-employed wife

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A bit of a frivolous post, though if anyone can point to official guidance please do so. 

My wife has a very small self-employment. She had always dealt with her tax return before we met, and likes to keep up with relevant matters herself. She was in a webinar by a trade body yesterday, and the presenters kept on treating it as rhyming with "cease". She hadn't thought about it before, but that just felt wrong to her. 

Alternatives she has considerd

  • Rhyme with seize
  • Rhyme with says
  • Rhyme with nice (her preference now she has thought about it)

Personally, when I refer to it in speech at all, which is rare, I have been saying the individual letters and not tried to make it a word.

Any views?

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By Duggimon
20th Apr 2021 12:21

I don't even abbreviate it, I say Self Employment Income Support Scheme from Her Majesty's Government every time it comes up in conversation.

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By Paul Crowley
20th Apr 2021 12:25

Esseeeayeessess
as in SEISS
Not yet heard any attempt at anything else in all the Awed live productions

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By legerman
20th Apr 2021 12:30

I always say S E I S S but if I was to pronounce it, for me it would be says.

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By Wilson Philips
20th Apr 2021 12:33

Same as in meissner

And gneiss

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By john hextall
23rd Apr 2021 12:12

That's gnice!

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By DaveyJonesLocker
20th Apr 2021 12:43

I say S.E.I.S.S. Inside my head I say "any money from Rishi's money tree forest"

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By The Dullard
20th Apr 2021 12:46

essy-eye-essess.

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By SXGuy
20th Apr 2021 12:57

Same. I've had clients refer to it as Sez. When I've always said S E I S S

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By accountantccole
20th Apr 2021 13:45

I say the letters but not necessarily in the right order - SEIS muddles things if I get the wrong number of Ss

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By CazzyT
20th Apr 2021 15:12

Yes, me too!

I think I try but can only manage four letters, so S E S S, S E I S, S I S S, followed by oh - self employment grant.

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By stepurhan
22nd Apr 2021 09:30

It is like banana. Where do you stop saying it?

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By doubletrouble
20th Apr 2021 14:03

Tell her it’s not the SEISS that matters it’s how you use it!

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By Hugo Fair
20th Apr 2021 14:06

I'm surprised no-one's mentioned the impact of (regional) accents, which can blur the differences between OP options - or even invent new ones. Give it a try in your best/worst approximation of brummie/geordie/scouser (all other options equally valid) and see how many variants you can create!

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By stepurhan
20th Apr 2021 14:21

Competitive pronunciation. Sounds like an interesting idea.

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By SteveHa
20th Apr 2021 16:11

Personally, I don't. It's S E I S S.

Fun fact. W W W takes longer to say than World Wide Web.

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By DJKL
20th Apr 2021 18:49

You could always say "Three Dubya"

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By stepurhan
20th Apr 2021 19:07

Even shorter now web addresses don't begin WWW.

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By SteveHa
21st Apr 2021 08:49

stepurhan wrote:

Even shorter now web addresses don't begin WWW.

Generally, they do. It's just that browsers tend to autofill "www." now. (take a look in your address bar to see that it has been added).

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By stepurhan
21st Apr 2021 09:38

Looking in my address bar. No www.

Not on this site or any of the 4 other sites I have open.

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By SteveHa
21st Apr 2021 13:31

Weird - mine always adds it. Firefox on Linux.

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By stepurhan
21st Apr 2021 13:33

Chrome on Windows.

This is why websites have to be tested on so many systems. :-)

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By Duggimon
23rd Apr 2021 12:14

Copy and paste it, you'll see that it's there and Chrome is just hiding it.

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By stepurhan
23rd Apr 2021 13:08

< shakes fist at Chrome for making me look bad. :-)

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By DJKL
20th Apr 2021 16:54

Boris pronounces it as "Carpe".

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By Hugo Fair
20th Apr 2021 17:31

Except that Wikipedia says the correct translation of Carpe is 'pluck' not 'seize' ... oh hang on, we're talking about Boris. As you were!

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By spilly
21st Apr 2021 13:22

My Oxford Latin dictionary gives several more meanings including consume, pick, plunder, and take.

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By tom123
20th Apr 2021 18:40

I have a hatred for 'wordifying' letters, so I would spell it out.

One of our suppliers is B O C (for welding gases and the like).

Often referred to as "Bock" - puts my teeth right on edge..

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By Mr_awol
21st Apr 2021 11:56

To be fair, i think they are pretty commonly known as Bock.

Wordifying only troubles me when it's blatantly trying too hard - like SEISS (and remember when SOCIE, SOCI and SOIRE were a thing?)

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By Mr_awol
20th Apr 2021 19:16

Essyaiessess

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By Open all hours
20th Apr 2021 20:26

SISS. As in Siss’ll do nicely.

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By fawltybasil2575
21st Apr 2021 13:39

@ stepurhan (OP).

Your question advises that your wife prefers:-

“Rhyme with nice (her preference now she has thought about it)”

I have to say that I’m with your wife.

No – I’d best re-phrase that:-

"I agree with your wife" :)

Regards.

Basil.

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By stepurhan
22nd Apr 2021 09:29

fawltybasil2575 wrote:

No – I’d best re-phrase that:-

"I agree with your wife" :)

And with that simple rephrasing a great argument was averted. :-)
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By North East Accountant
23rd Apr 2021 12:12

Nightmare

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By john hextall
23rd Apr 2021 12:15

Here in Wales, 's' is often pronounced with an 'h'. So I'd vote for 'sh-eye-ss...

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By Arthur Putey
23rd Apr 2021 12:21

Can you pronounce CJRS? Or is it a myth that a pronounceable word must contain at least one vowel?

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By stepurhan
23rd Apr 2021 14:34

Seejers, obviously. :-)

(To rhyme with the musical group)

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By Arthur Putey
23rd Apr 2021 17:17

Pity it didn't ryhme with Dire Straits, as its money for nothing.

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By adam.arca
23rd Apr 2021 14:03

I seem to have the opposite issue from a lot of you.

I've pronounced it to rhyme with 'nice' from day one but most of my clients (when they can even remember what it's called) seem to like calling it S E I S S.

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By AustinA
26th Apr 2021 09:25

I rhyme it with nice too - less chance of stumbling over the individual letters and missing one. CJRS I just call job support scheme to avoid the same issue.

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