You say chassis and I say chassis!
Chassis is quite an unusual word. First, the singular and the plural form
are spelled the same, c-h-a-s-s-i-s. Second, the singular and the plural forms are
pronounced differently. Third, the Brits pronounce both forms differently
from the Americans! And I won't even go into how to form and pronounce the possessives!
According to Webster's Online Dictionary, one chassis is pronounced by an American as
cha'-see. Two or more are cha'-seez. However, I know some Americans who
say cha'-sis or cha'-sus for the singular form.
The British pronounce the first consonant sound with an sh- sound, instead of ch.
So instead of cha-see and cha-seez, the Brits say sha-see and sha-seez.
Confused? Go to the
online dictionary, where they have sound files.
You can listen to their official pronounciations, and see how yours compares.
Or you can just call it a frame!
Jim Allen Aug. 1, 2002