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Pronouncing words correctly

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by jslade, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. jslade

    jslade Senior member

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    When you guys run into a word that you know is supposed to be pronounced differently than the common pronunciation, how do you go about pronouncing that word in your general usage of it?

    e.g. Pulitzer, Porsche, coupe, etc.
     
  2. StephenHero

    StephenHero Senior member

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    The only reason I eat at Vietnamese restaurants is so I can pronounce phở extra correctly like a massive prick. It's best when I order last and embarrass the people that got it wrong.
     
  3. Unbreakable

    Unbreakable Senior member

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    It makes me giggle when you run into a "huge" Porsche fan and he pronounces incorrectly. I mean if you love the car, then pronounce it like the manufacturers do!

    If you watch top gear, hearing Jeremy, Richard, and Mays pronounce stuff is humorous at times. The Prius one stands out the most, and coupe' just doesn't sound right to my ears lol .

    And how so on Pulitzer? Pull vs pew?
     
  4. Mr Herbert

    Mr Herbert Senior member

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    a router is pronounced rooter unless it is a woodworking tool
     
  5. BaaBaaBlackFleece

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    the only routers i ever deal with are those in computer networks....definitely not pronounced "rooter" there......
     
  6. Kajak

    Kajak Senior member

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    I would imagine that "router" would be pronounced however your section of the world pronounces "route"
     
  7. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    +1. I tend to use the correct pronunciations, but not coupe' because it doesn't sound right to me coming from a typical American in the U.S.
     
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    I want to enunciate pho correctly. Please let me in on this? I will pronounce a word depending on the company I'm with. If I said schedule without the ch sound my friends would laugh or my employees wouldn't know what I was talking about. That being said, I'm loosing my english quickly living here in texas, please help!
     
  9. Kajak

    Kajak Senior member

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    Pho'' = fa more or less.
     
  10. 7AD

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    I pronounce and spell words how I want to, it's all a convention anyway
     
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    yeis becoz itt iz mush esier tu unastan yur whey ov speling than the correct way.
     
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    Having owned a Porsche, belonged to PCA, autocrossed and the rest, the guys you made it two syllables were invariably douchebags. Without fail.
     
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    Radagast Senior member

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  14. Mr Herbert

    Mr Herbert Senior member

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    as a filthy antipode, for most cars i say 'koopay' but it would sound weird saying "Koopay Deville" so american cars get "Koop"

    edit: oh yeh, and most Australians pronounce "Route" as "root' but "Router" is pronounced the American way. But that is mainly because Australians have purile sense of humour and giggle like school girls when someone pronounces "router" the English way.
     
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  15. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    how to pronounce Isaia?

    so is it porsh or porsh-Ah?
    coop or coop-ay?


    actually, I call it a r-ow-ter but I say root for directions, so maybe it should be pronounced 'rooter'?
     
  16. jcparke

    jcparke New Member

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    The British make a living pronouncing things wrong. Maybe that tells you something.
     
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    Correction you-who
     
  18. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    Generally, the brits ARE wrong. Historically. Importing a German king screwed up their version of the language and screwed around with their accent rather badly.

    What we think of as a thick Southern drawl in the US is about the closest thing you'll find to a preserved pre-hanoverian english accent. How a word would be pronounced in that accent is, at least historically, the most correct way.

    As another sidenote to that, there are a lot of 'Americanisms' that are actually preserved uses from older forms of english. 'Fall' rather than 'autumn', for instance.
     
  19. Mr Herbert

    Mr Herbert Senior member

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    thats like claiming Afrikaans is correct and dutch is wrong
     
  20. cptjeff

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    Not at all, really. American English is, in many areas, a preserved version of what English was in England before they imported a German king who butchered it, and was imitated by all the elites so as not to appear to be correcting their king. That version became authoritative in England, but not in the american colonies, where the older version remained due to lack of communication. New england, new york and the like developed their own accents over time, but the aristocratically controlled south kept the old accent.

    A similar principle applies to Aussies- the Australian dialect is actually one from low class workers in a few concentrated areas, from whence a lot of poor criminals were shipped out to the penal colony.

    Afrikaans is later variation of the original Dutch. American english, specifically the form you might find in the old south, is the original, while England underwent a shift in the language.


    All that said, I'm not going to be one to claim there's a correct and an incorrect form. Language is defined by usage, and English has an incredibly flexible structure and vocabulary. It formed as a pidgin, after all.
     

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