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post #136 of 222
That doesn't sound right. Vass in Hungarin sounds like the German "was", but with a sharper v sound. There is no sh sound. English phonetics are hard.. maybe vuhs, like bus but with a v. EDIT. I'm not so sure now. I'm familiar with it from football (Adam Vass) where everyone seems to pronounce it that way but Octoploid might be right.
post #137 of 222
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Originally Posted by laphroaig View Post
That doesn't sound right. Vass in Hungarin sounds like the German "was", but with a sharper v sound. There is no sh sound. English phonetics are hard.. maybe vuhs, like bus but with a v.

Using the IPA ['vas]
post #138 of 222
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Originally Posted by Octoploid View Post
Vahsh (or like wasch in german (waschen without en))

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Originally Posted by laphroaig View Post
Vass in Hungarin sounds like the German "was", but with a sharper v sound. There is no sh sound.

Octoploid is right. In school, we had a fellow (of Hungarian descent) by the name "˜Vass'.

Frequently his name was mispronounce like the German "˜was' (what?).

Everytime he hit the roof: "Was is Was? - Ich bin Wasch! (What is what? - I am Vass!)
post #139 of 222
This guy sounds great.
post #140 of 222
Ah, thanks, guys. I was afraid it was called "vash". Doesn't sound good to my ears.
post #141 of 222
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Originally Posted by Horace View Post
Um, then how to you pom's say "beauchamp"?

Bee-cham
post #142 of 222
how about Tom Ford?
post #143 of 222
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post
how about Tom Ford?

Taah-Mmm Foreee-daahhh

How about Société Générale? That is always a fun one. Most americans just say: Sss-OCK Gen
post #144 of 222
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Originally Posted by pendragon View Post
Bee-cham

No. Beauchamp is pronounced more like Bo-SHAH (with a nasal shah).

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How about Société Générale? That is always a fun one. Most americans just say: Sss-OCK Gen

Saw-sea-et-AY Jen-er-AHL
post #145 of 222
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Um, then how to you pom's say "beauchamp"?
Bow-shamp (a like Amish) with a very muted p... my dumbass English teacher last year chose to use the book Go Down Moses where a line of characters had the Beauchamp name and she kept pronouncing it Bew-champ (as in champion), when I got tired of it and correcter her she told me she had been teaching the book for years and that I was wrong because of that.... English teacher /= French speaker /rant
post #146 of 222
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Originally Posted by matadorpoeta View Post
both the germanic and romance languages have latin roots.

Sorry to nitpick, but no, they don't. A lot of people assume English has Latin roots because it incorporates a lot of Latin-esque prefixes, suffixes, and grammatical rules. But it's technically an offshoot of the old Germanic language that eventually split into German, Dutch, and Anglo-Saxon (the predecessor of English). English is best described as a Germanic language that has assimilated a fair amount of Greek, Latin, and French influences over time.

Fairly interesting book on the subject:

http://www.amazon.com/Mother-Tongue-...4285292&sr=8-1

For a book about linguistics and etymology, it's a surprisingly entertaining read. I swear.

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Originally Posted by trex View Post
it is only germanic in the manner in which it is structured, but most of the words have a latin origin as what is now England once belonged to the roman empire.

English is more closely related to German than to the Romance languages or to Latin. The Latinate elements of English were added after the language was first developed.
post #147 of 222
How do you pronounce Rubinacci? Roo-bin-atchy? Roo-bin-ak-ki? Something else?
post #148 of 222
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Originally Posted by AndrewRogers View Post
Like the first-name Lauren for girls. Ralph Lifshitz would not have sold as well.

Nope. Especially when it came to selling the faux-WASP lifestyle he has been able to sell so amazingly well.
post #149 of 222
how do you pronounce Brioni?

i always says it like my name, "Brian" -y
no?
post #150 of 222
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Originally Posted by sho'nuff View Post
how do you pronounce Brioni?

i always says it like my name, "Brian" -y
no?

bree-oh-knee
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