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"Tiss" or "Tizz"

Had an online conversation with a friend today. He wondered what "tis" means... like "tis the season to be jolly."

"It's a contraction for "it is."" I told him.
"Well..why is the "s" soft?" he asked. "It sounds like piss!"
"Wait...how are you pronouncing it?"
"Tis...rhymes with piss."
"No...it's `Tis...rhymes with pizz!"
"No, listen to any recording...it's "tiss!""

So...I'm curious. I've always heard it as "tizz." Do you guys hear "Tiss" or "Tizz" and how do YOU pronounce it?

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firynze
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
I hear and say [tiz]
elfs
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Tizz.
ancarett
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
'tis: finishes with an "z" sound, not an "s" sound!
ronin_lethe
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
tizz.
i was a semi-professional christmas caroler for a few years, and that is how all of us sang it.

if he has heard a recording with the soft "s", it's because a soft s is easier to sing than a hard z, so some singers will soften it.
jatg
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
That's what I was thinking...that it gets softened in song but seriously "tiss" ? WEIRD.

mitchy
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Tizz :)
mortuus
Dec. 9th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Tizz.
sparkybish
Dec. 9th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Tis rhymes with fizz.
smoemeth
Dec. 9th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Tizz. "Tiss" never occurred to me, I've never heard it anywhere.
rockymento
Dec. 9th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
he is a goofus...it is tiz
alexfiles
Dec. 9th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
You are correct, mademoiselle. It most certainly rhymes with "is."
zefire2
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Tiz
new_iconoclast
Dec. 10th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
Tizz.
elanswer
Dec. 10th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to imagine someone singing it using "tiss," but can't
redsbird
Dec. 11th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Tizz. Rhymes with is, his, whiz, biz.
Hmmm that sound like a 'Variety/ headline!
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