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  Reply # 836050 12-Jun-2013 20:36
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StarBlazer: I also pronounce Holden as "Vauxhall" :P


or O-pel  ;)




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  Reply # 836051 12-Jun-2013 20:39
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jevvv:
StarBlazer: I also pronounce Holden as "Vauxhall" :P


or O-pel  ;)


But definitely not Gee Emm

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  Reply # 836052 12-Jun-2013 20:41
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robjg63: 
BTW I hate people referring to the letter Z as Zee - Good on that now defunct kiwi music group and the energy company keeping Zed alive.


Yup, appreciate the Zed

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  Reply # 836072 12-Jun-2013 21:41
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I say 'Rowter' and blame America.
Root 66, Paper Rowt. Make up your mind America!

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  Reply # 836091 12-Jun-2013 22:51
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How do you pronounce RATIO?

How do you pronounce PATIO?

Rowter - Rooter, just another of the many oddities of the English language.

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  Reply # 836137 13-Jun-2013 08:06
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MackinNZ: Rowter - Rooter, just another of the many oddities of the English language.

There's a whole forum to be built around that!

Ah, homonyms; "I once had a row with someone about a row of houses whilst rowing my boat".  Then you add to that dialect and you are rawrin yer bort.

It's almost like polymorphism - same word different meaning




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  Reply # 836142 13-Jun-2013 08:44
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jevvv:
StarBlazer: I also pronounce Holden as "Vauxhall" :P


or O-pel  ;)


or Chevrolet
 




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  Reply # 836215 13-Jun-2013 11:07
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jonherries:
xpd: Ask the English to pronounce Subaru...


Do the english call them "Subies" as well?



Only in NZ is Subaru pronounced the way it is here, the Japanese don't put the emphasis on the 'a' (all the vowels are shortened). 

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  Reply # 836221 13-Jun-2013 11:13
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jonherries:
xpd: Ask the English to pronounce Subaru...


Do the english call them "Subies" as well?



Only in NZ is Subaru pronounced the way it is here, the Japanese don't put the emphasis on the 'a' (all the vowels are shortened). 


In South Africa its called a Soobaroo (Also known as a cheep badly built Japanese high performance car) :-p

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  Reply # 836249 13-Jun-2013 11:43
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as tiff would say, the soo-broo imm-prett-zah is an amazing kah

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  Reply # 836253 13-Jun-2013 11:51
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To veer off an a different tangent, you could always correct people who pronounce "lieutenant" in NZ as "loo-tenant." I discovered a while ago that "officially", the pronunciation in NZ is the same as the UK pronunciation - "leff-tenant". I don't know why (maybe it's my rebellious individualism), but I prefer to say "leff-tenant", though it makes me sound like a complete plonker... When I tell people that it's officially "leff-tenant" in NZ, I get those strange looks (I know all too well), especially when every American cop show says "loo-tenant".

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  Reply # 836255 13-Jun-2013 11:53
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Lizard1977: To veer off an a different tangent, you could always correct people who pronounce "lieutenant" in NZ as "loo-tenant." I discovered a while ago that "officially", the pronunciation in NZ is the same as the UK pronunciation - "leff-tenant". I don't know why (maybe it's my rebellious individualism), but I prefer to say "leff-tenant", though it makes me sound like a complete plonker... When I tell people that it's officially "leff-tenant" in NZ, I get those strange looks (I know all too well), especially when every American cop show says "loo-tenant".


It's leff-tenant in Australia too (and Canada too I believe), it's the Americans who have bastardised the pronunciation. From memory the word's of French origin which is the reason for the non-intuitive spelling.

Edit: I used to work with a lot of ex-military and Police, if I pronounced it "loo-tenant" I'd be the one getting the funny looks :)

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  Reply # 836275 13-Jun-2013 12:37
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I would like to know how the poms get "left" out of "lieut" Must have been some toffee nosed snob a couple of hundred years ago that couldn't pronounce lieutenant and called it lefttenant. But like getting clark from the spelling of clerk.. If anyone can barstidize the English launguage of the years it's the Poms..




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  Reply # 836283 13-Jun-2013 12:58
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As far as I am aware it is pronounced like it is spelt with a w as in rowter. It sounds like the words 'rout' and 'out' but is not the same as route which is pronounced as root.




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  Reply # 836285 13-Jun-2013 13:05
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old3eyes: I would like to know how the poms get "left" out of "lieut" Must have been some toffee nosed snob a couple of hundred years ago that couldn't pronounce lieutenant and called it lefttenant. But like getting clark from the spelling of clerk.. If anyone can barstidize the English launguage of the years it's the Poms..


The English language is littered with words that aren't pronounced like you'd think they would, I don't think it can be put down to toffee nosed snobbery. I'm having trouble finding a reference source but I remember reading a couple of years ago that words with the "e" pronounced as an "a" - sergeant, clerk, derby etc - come from the peasant classes who would use an e instead of an a. An as I said in my previous post the French origin of a lot of words are the reason for a lot of the weird spellings.

It's also not restricted to the English, the Scots have names like "Dalziel" which should be pronounced "De-el".


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