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OK, I might be totally alone on this one, but on more than one occasion now, I have mispronounced the name of a high-end desginer and had to suffer the embarrassment of a correction. Examples: Kiton: I said "KITE-un" but was told it is "key-TONE" Hermes: Silly anglicizer that I am, I said "her-meez" but apparently it's "air-mez" Anyone else have an anecdote to share to spare me/us the embarrassment of such faux-pas? Here are a few I've been hesitating to say outloud: Patek Phillippe (Is it "pa-TEK," "PAT-ek" or "PAY-tek") Canali (Is it "ca-NA-lee" or "ca-NAH-lee") There are others, I'm sure.  Please....add your own.
post #2 of 222
I'm sure I'm guilty of the same, I thought it was KEE-ton. Good thing there's not one of those within a good 500 miles of me.
post #3 of 222
Varvatos: Var-vay-tos, or Var-vah-tos? I have pronounced it with the 'vay', but the guy at Marshall Fields said 'vah'
post #4 of 222
And how do you get that "bvlg" sound out anyway, in that watch company's name?
post #5 of 222
For some reason the watch companies are the hardest: -Audemar Piguet -Breguet -A Lange -Vacheron Constentin -Bedat -Zenith (it is NOT pronounced like the TV company...) EDIT: I mis-spelled Breguet (I was simply listing firms, not attempting to be phonetic)
post #6 of 222
Its hard for an American to pronounce anything (correctly) .
post #7 of 222
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For some reason the watch companies are the hardest: -Audemar Piguet -Breguer -A Lange -Vacheron Constentin -Bedat -Zenith (it is NOT pronounced like the TV company...)
Refinement: -Bregue -Lan-ge -Vach-eron Const-an-tin -Zeen-it Jon.
post #8 of 222
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And how do you get that "bvlg" sound out anyway, in that watch company's name?
Yeah, those damn Romans with their damn Latin... Jon.
post #9 of 222
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Varvatos: Var-vay-tos, or Var-vah-tos?  I have pronounced it with the 'vay', but the guy at Marshall Fields said 'vah'
I have always understood that it is pronounced "Var-vay-tos"
post #10 of 222
Zegna is pronounced "Zenya"
post #11 of 222
"Zegna" is the easy part...how about the "Ermenegildo" portion.
post #12 of 222
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Its hard for an American to pronounce anything (correctly) .
Um, then how to you pom's say "beauchamp"?
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(Styleman @ 04 Dec. 2004, 3:28) Its hard for an American to pronounce anything (correctly) .
Um, then how to you pom's say "beauchamp"?
What is a pom?
post #14 of 222
Er-men-uh-jil-doh = Ermenegildo And I always thought Zegna was Zay-nyuh, that's how the owner of the boutique that sells the product in Baltimore pronounces it.
post #15 of 222
we had a thread about this before. i find it really annoying especial since my name is spanish and so many people completely mess it up. i don't see what is so difficult pronouncing foreign names, especially anyhting european. english is based on latin just like the euro languages.
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Er-men-uh-jil-doh = Ermenegildo
where do you get the "uh" from? ridiculous. the 'e' is pronounced like an 'e'. like in the word red, or bed, or men. er-men-e-jeel-doh i say var-vah-tos, because the name sounds vaguely spanish to me. i've never heard of anyone else with this name and it could be portuguese or greek.  if you say var-vay-tos, you're not even trying.
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