How to say 'Piezo'

Many of the pickups we use on upright bass use a piezo-electric element to produce sound. A piezo-electric element is a means for creating an electrical signal, usually by combining a crystalline substance with a ceramic, and connecting wires to capture the electrical reaction which occurs when pressure is applied.

Most of us shorten "Piezo-electric" to "Piezo," for the sake of convenience. But a lot of us say it wrong; some unintentionally reverse sounds (PEE zee Oh) and some make a long "I" sound (PIE zoh). Some people make a soft "z" sound (like "zing") and some people make it a hard "z" (like pizza or pizzicato). I've heard plenty of other permutations, too.

Most dictionaries agree, however, that the correct pronunciation (in the USA, at least) is:

pee AY zo

So, long "E", accenting the second syllable with a long "A" sound, and a soft "Z" with a long "O" sound.

Here's a recording of what it should sound like.

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