My first posts on lignum vitae were about the Blizniak Lignum Vitae bokken. This lignum is from Argentina (among other S. American countries). This wood is also called vera wood, and I am having another maker make me one with a different style (more on that to come).
The problem I am having is that everyone seems to agree on how to say “lignum”- it sounds like it is spelled. But no one agrees on how to say “vitae”. So I did some digging, and here is what I came up with:
Classical Latin: weet-eye
British/southern S. America: vee-ty
northern S. American: vih-ty
So, as you can see, there are several ways to pronounce it without being incorrect. Though, I would tend to lean towards either Latin (due to the way plants are named) or either of the ways for S. America, as that is where vera wood is from.