How to Pronounce Eunoia

As you have heard by now a newly announced junior college (JC) has caused much public interest online. ‘Eunoia Junior College’. But how do you pronounce it?

1. you-know-ah
2. you-noy-uh
3. you-noh-iea


The firm favourite is number 2. you-noy-uh. Which can also be used on people when you find them annoying.

Names can have different pronunciations in Singapore. For example the names ‘Aloysius’ and ‘Joel’. For more take a look at this post.

Recently the MOE have said that it is pronounced ‘yoo-noh-iea’.

A few other sources (including; wiktionary) say:

you – noy (rhyme with ‘boy’) – uh


From Ancient Greek εὔνοια (eunoia, “goodwill”, literally “beautiful thinking”), from εὖ (eu, “well, good”) + νόος (noos, “mind, spirit”).

Eunoia is the shortest English word containing all five main vowel graphemes. It comes from the Greek word εὔνοια, meaning “well mind” or “beautiful thinking.”


We will have to wait and see how the name will be pronounced across Singapore. What do you think?

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