‘modus vivendi’

A ‘modus vivendi’ is a practical arrangement which allows two people who have a difference of opinion about something, to work or live together while waiting for their dispute to be settled. This arrangement is usually temporary.

Pronunciation of this Latin expression:

The ‘m..o..d’ rhymes with ‘load’, ‘showed’ and ‘toad’, and the ‘u’ that follows is like the ‘a’ in ‘china’. The first ‘i’ in ‘vivendi’ is like the ‘i’ in ‘kit’, ‘bit’ and ‘sit’, while the second is like the ‘ee’ in ‘see’, ‘bee’, and ‘fee’. The ‘e’ in ‘ven’ sounds like the ‘e’ in ‘set’, ‘bet’ and ‘pet’. The main stress is on the second syllable of ‘vivendi’. This is just one of the ways of pronouncing the word.

Example: In order to complete the project on time, a modus vivendi was achieved between the two countries.

Source: “The Hindu”   – Know Your English  Column –  Feb 05, 2008

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