Kennedy writes:

Hi Dr. Water Bear!

Our puppet company, PuppeTyranny, is about to produce a full length play called “Water Bears in Space” all about…you guessed it, tardigrades and tardigradologists! I was hoping you could assure me that we are pronouncing all our water bear words correctly! We’ve been saying::

Milnesium Tardigradum – mil-NESS-ee-um tar-dih-GRAD-um
Tardigradologist – tar-dih-GRADE-all-o-gist
Buccal – buckle

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Answer from Dr. Miller:
Yes you seem to have your words down correctly.

For buccal you should say “b you ckle” not “buckle”.