Pronunciation Guide

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  1. jbc217

    jbc217 Member

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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.
     
  2. tiger02

    tiger02 Militarist

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    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. [​IMG]
     
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    VMan Senior member

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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'
     
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    tiger02 Militarist

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    And how do you get that "bvlg" sound out anyway, in that watch company's name? [​IMG]
     
  5. rsp1

    rsp1 Senior member

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    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)
     
  6. Styleman

    Styleman In Time Out

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    Its hard for an American to pronounce anything (correctly) .
     
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    Refinement:

    -Bregue
    -Lan-ge
    -Vach-eron Const-an-tin
    -Zeen-it

    Jon.
     
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    Yeah, those damn Romans with their damn Latin... Jon.
     
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    I have always understood that it is pronounced "Var-vay-tos"
     
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    scnupe7 Senior member

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    Zegna is pronounced "Zenya"
     
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    rsp1 Senior member

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    "Zegna" is the easy part...how about the "Ermenegildo" portion.
     
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    Horace Senior member

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    Um, then how to you pom's say "beauchamp"?
     
  13. Styleman

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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?
     
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    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.
     
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    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    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.

    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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