View Full Version : Spinoff from the Romel Thread

Sep. 1, 2012, 01:23 PM
Didn't want to hijack that thread, but it got me thinking:

How do you pronounce "bosal"?

For that matter, how do you pronounce and spell "romel"?

My friend rides her horse sometimes in a bosal, sometime in a snaffle. Neither of us is sure how it's pronounced.

(We are not disagreeing about the bit. It's definitely "snaf-FEL"! :winkgrin: )

Sep. 1, 2012, 01:34 PM
In true spanish, it is bozal, but in CA spanish, bosal is also correct, as in the New World the pronunciation of many "z" were changed to "s".

Romal is romal in any spanish you care to consider spelling or pronouncing it.
That so many misspell it doesn't mean the correct spelling is not romal.:lol:

If you are asking about spanish pronounciation of a spanish word, I guess you want them to sound like spanish.:cool:

"Spanglish" is really not a language, but badly used spanish and English.

I am always happy to learn how to spell or pronounce words I am not familiar with or that I mangle.
Comes from knowing several languages.
I expect those that don't want to change only know one and really don't understand the differences between languages and the whys and hows of communicating properly.

Sep. 1, 2012, 01:55 PM
the pronunciation of chaps varies depending if you are on the west or east coast

on the west coast it is pronounced with a -sh- in front of the words in on the east coast it is a hard -ch-

Sep. 1, 2012, 02:06 PM
the pronunciation of chaps varies depending if you are on the west or east coast

on the west coast it is pronounced with a -sh- in front of the words in on the east coast it is a hard -ch-

And in spanish is chapaderos, like cha-cha-cha.;)

I still can't hear the two different sounds you are describing there.
They both sound the same to me, so I tend to pronounce some words, like Chicago, wrong, so they tell me.:(

Sep. 2, 2012, 12:36 AM
So, back to my original post:

How do you pronounce "bosal"? "Romel"/"romal"?


I'm not inquiring about just the z/s pronunciation.

Sep. 2, 2012, 12:43 AM
My AQHA trainer pronounces bosal...bozzle.

Sep. 2, 2012, 01:26 AM
bosal--- bo-ZEL (bo, like in boat, ZEL like the beginning of zealous, emphasis on second syllable)

romel/romal-- roam-EL

That's how I learned both words when growing up, and how I continue to use them here on the west coast. I cringe when I hear bozzle or boa-sal, but then I also say "shaps" and think that is proper, when I understand now that quite a few would brand me as an improper hillbilly for pronouncing it that way.

Sep. 2, 2012, 07:12 AM
On the west coast it is rom-al, and chaps are for riding in the high chaparral (Scrub weeds) and is pronounced schhhhhaparel, so they are shhhhaps. The 'old chap' is definately east coast.

Sep. 2, 2012, 09:58 AM
Being from California and moving to Florida I just about fell on the ground in agony when I heard Bosal pronounced here. I am constantly correcting people here, probably to their amusement or irritation. :)

Sep. 3, 2012, 12:24 AM
And you pronounce it how?

Sep. 3, 2012, 12:33 AM
And you pronounce it how?

Bo like the Bo in Aurora Borealis.
Sal like the Sal in Sally.


In spanish, you pronounce all words one letter at the time and practically all the same, unlike the complicated phonetics English developed.
Because of that, there is no spelling bees, would not make any sense, you can hear every letter in each word.

There are a few exceptions, where some combinations of letters, as in english, change the pronunciation, but those are few, unlike in English, that seems to be full of exceptions.

What makes spanish more complicated is not the spelling and pronunciation, those are very clear, but the intonation, where you accent parts of the words and where you do can change the meaning of some words.
Also, being a very old language, it has one of the largest vocabularies of european languages, so you have to learn the meaning of many words.

Sep. 3, 2012, 05:13 AM
Bosal - "Bo-SAL"

Romel - "Ro-MEL"

I heard someone the other day pronounce romel as "ROM-uhl". *headdesk*