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Travellers are often advised to refer to Timatic for visa information (or to ask airline staff to check). However, what is the correct pronunciation of Timatic? Is it approx Tim-a-tick, or Tie-matic (to rhyme with automatic)? Or is it something else?

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    Presumably, people pronounce it differently depending on their accents, just like directed or divergent. – phoog Nov 30 '17 at 21:00
  • "- matic" is an American marketingism. It's just "tih - matic", like automatic or 1000 other "-matic" brand names. – Fattie Apr 23 '18 at 0:24
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Referring to IATAtv YouTube the first syllable is pronounced as a 'tem' not 'time'. Hence the word would sound like:

Tem a tik

You can listen to it at forvo as well.

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You can hear the presumably IATA preferred pronunciation in this video:

Timatic Sourcing

te-matic as opposed to tea-matic or tie-matic. Like Timothy, or Timone from the Lion King.

Direct YouTube link.

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    So which one is it? – jpatokal Nov 30 '17 at 20:00
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    For those who can't watch the video (it's hosted on Youtube), it's close to Tie-matic, but with a short vowel in Tie, sometimes closer to Ta than Ti. A direct link to the video is [ youtu.be/eroJZdDQXP0 ] – CSM Nov 30 '17 at 20:15
  • @jpatokal What do you mean? It's pronounced consistently in the video. At least, I didn't notice a difference. – Johns-305 Nov 30 '17 at 20:30
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    @Johns-305 Videos come and videos go, but Travel.SE is forever, so please put the answer in the answer ;) – jpatokal Nov 30 '17 at 22:43
  • Interestingly, for some speakers of English pen and pin sound similar but not for all. I could not imagine tim(atic) being pronounced tem(atic) and @CSM indicates it is rather like tim (insstead of time). – oerkelens Dec 1 '17 at 13:06
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It sounds like Tim-a-tick to me, and this is also how I pronounce it. Never caused any difficulties.

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