Be a Cholmondeley. An entire life of butchered pronounciations.
Would it bother me? Most days no, some days yes and on those days I would self medicate with an extra glass of wine.
On the saddle front......I say the damn name different every time! Who really cares how they pronounce it, if it fits and it's a good price buy it!! hahahaha
Just like when Joseph send me an email that says "Sincerely, Joseph." I respond with Joseph. I leave Joseph voicemail messages. But then Joseph calls me and says "hi, this is Joe." G'ah! I will actually ask this person what he goes by because he seems confused and I want to be respectful. (turns out this person goes by either/or).
A product name? I don't really care as much. I will say it as I think it's pronounced until otherwise told. and then I would probably think "Are they right or was I right?" and wouldn't trust them until I heard it straight from the company's mouth.
There is a difference between "Not that hard" and "rude" which is where I took exception.Quote:
Geez. It's not that hard.
Just because I pronounce something the way my language would indicate it was pronounced, doesn't make me culturally insensitive. If I insisted that my pronunciation was RIGHT!!!! and theirs was WRONG!!!!, that would make me culturally insensitive.Quote:
And another thing! Making some attempt to get another language's term right reminds everyone that the speaker's native tongue and culture ain't the only game in town.
They didn't. I do, however, try to say the name of my French saddle correctly...but I don't correct people who do not.Quote:
If Italians invented a saddle nice enough for you to want to ride in, why not give them credit?
It wouldn't bother me, but I am having fun with all these regional pronunciations. If you ever come to Massachusetts, have fun if you go to Billerica (which in spite of how it looks is only pronounced with 3 syllables like Bill-Rick-A) or Haverhill (pronounced HAYvril). Apparently we took some lessons from the British in our town/ city names.
When I did an exchange program and lived with a French family, I remember they got a huge kick out of the state Massachusetts, because to them it sounded like Massa Chausettes. Chausettes is French for socks. They thought that was a good giggle. They did often try to tell me that my english pronunciation of the words Apple and Pineapple were incorrect, insisting that they have a long A sound, not short A. Then they determined it must be my 'mercan accent, versus proper British English :lol:. Whatever, live and let live I say.
I also work in a technical field with many people whose native language is not English, but are often very good English speakers. India has a long history of speaking and teaching in English, to the point where sometimes I think of Indian English like American English, where they have words they've adopted as their own that aren't "correct" to an American, but they're so common they're accepted. One example I always enjoy is prepone, as in to make something earlier. I love that one and think it makes perfect sense.
Say it Like a Local - Louisville
Sounds like Paradox Farm has heard the same type or pronunciation for Shelbyville.
Santa Fe in the in New Mexico is Santa Fae – because in Spanish a single e makes an “A” sound. If it were an English word it would be pronounced Santa Fee.
In California we have a small town named Salida. If you used the Spanish pronunciation (it IS a Spanish name) it would be pronounced Sal-e-da (single i in Spanish makes an “e” sound). BUT this town insists that it is named Sal – “I”- da. It’s almost a poke at, and a refusal to recognize the Spanish origin of the name.
Same goes for Santa Fee and Am-uhril -lo (with the L's pronounced instead of the "ee" sound of a double LL - which I have heard!)
Louis Vuitton has several pronunciations....arguments still out on some of the "correct" pronunciations. Is the Noe pronounced "NO" or "No-eeeee"?depends on which associate you ask;)
There are not enough eye-rolling icons on the internet for this one.
Is it Ralph Laur-En or LauWren? ErrMez or HerMays?
^ Ralph LAW-ren, according to Carson Kressley, who used to work for him.
I still miss that show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. That was a fun one. The Ralph Lauren question came up when they helped an extremely cute but clueless guy get ready to propose to his girlfriend, and they went to Ralph Lauren for a tuxedo. One of my very favorite episodes. :)
The Hermes question was settled on the BB a few years ago, but now I don't remember which way it went. Somebody posted a phone number for the Hermes shop in New York City, which went to an automated system that started out with, "Thank you for calling Hermes."
I'm surprised we didn't blow out their phone line. :lol: