Pronunciation, local or 'Merican?

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Re: Pronunciation, local or 'Merican?

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I try to avoid sounding elite, ignorant, or silly. So I just go with:

glissade = butt sled, ski, or slide depending on intent
couloir = gully
crevasse = crack or crevice
cairn = pile o rocks

When in doubt I'll go with "That ____ looking thingy." Works every time.
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Re: Pronunciation, local or 'Merican?

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mtree wrote: Mon Mar 22, 2021 1:46 pm I try to avoid sounding elite, ignorant, or silly. So I just go with:

glissade = butt sled, ski, or slide depending on intent
couloir = gully
crevasse = crack or crevice
cairn = pile o rocks

When in doubt I'll go with "That ____ looking thingy." Works every time.
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Re: Pronunciation, local or 'Merican?

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greenonion wrote: Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:06 pm
mtree wrote: Mon Mar 22, 2021 1:46 pm I try to avoid sounding elite, ignorant, or silly. So I just go with:

glissade = butt sled, ski, or slide depending on intent
couloir = gully
crevasse = crack or crevice
cairn = pile o rocks

When in doubt I'll go with "That ____ looking thingy." Works every time.
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Re: Pronunciation, local or 'Merican?

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I'm surprised that nobody has pointed out that "Colorado" is a Spanish word that nobody pronounces in the Spanish way. Even those who gripe about Byoona Vista seem to have no problem with Kah lah ra doe.
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Re: Pronunciation, local or 'Merican?

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Jim Davies wrote: Tue Mar 23, 2021 12:16 pm I'm surprised that nobody has pointed out that "Colorado" is a Spanish word that nobody pronounces in the Spanish way. Even those who gripe about Byoona Vista seem to have no problem with Kah lah ra doe.
Not sure I'm listening to what you are but to my ear the Spanish way and our way to pronounce Colorado don't sound all that different. Slightly but not a huge amount.

Byoona Vista is just awful and....no.
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What about the pronunciation of Salida? :-s
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Re: Pronunciation, local or 'Merican?

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rijaca wrote: Tue Mar 23, 2021 12:37 pm What about the pronunciation of Salida? :-s
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Re: Pronunciation, local or 'Merican?

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instead of 'glissade', just say 'I Salida down the mountain'
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Posted in error.
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Re: Pronunciation, local or 'Merican?

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RETEP 1 wrote: Sun Mar 07, 2021 4:20 pm
DaveLanders wrote: Sun Mar 07, 2021 3:59 pm
sanjuanmtneer wrote: Sun Mar 07, 2021 3:29 pm It cracks me up when people say Rio Grand (not Grand'ae') because they're mixing two languages, Spanish and English in the name of a geographical feature.
Wouldn't it be either Grand River or Rio Grande?
Would it make sense to say Grande River? Also a mixture of two languages?
When you order a big taco is it a Taco Grand or a Taco Grande?

Colorado was Spanish territory much longer than it has been U.S.
Then there's the people who talk about the Rio Grande River
I grew up in Northern New Mexico. This is just a suggestion. From my experience, at least in New Mexico, don’t correct the natives on how they pronounce things and if they correct you, just go ahead and oblige.
I agree. I follow the general idea of trying to pronounce words correctly, while deferring to the locals who have pronounced their location names a particular way for many years.

On another note, why do some consider it "elitist" or "being a douche" to strive to pronounce words correctly? If one is arrogant about his or her ability to use correct pronunciation that may warrant the term, "elitist." On the other hand, aren't those who judge others for using correct pronunciation acting much like those arrogant enunciaters?
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Re: Pronunciation, local or 'Merican?

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Ed_Groves wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:06 am
On another note, why do some consider it "elitist" or "being a douche" to strive to pronounce words correctly? If one is arrogant about his or her ability to use correct pronunciation that may warrant the term, "elitist." On the other hand, aren't those who judge others for using correct pronunciation acting much like those arrogant enunciators?
Simple. It makes you sound like an elitist or douche regardless of intent. Some things are best left alone. Its a lose-lose situation... unless you happen to be hiking in the French Alps with a bunch of grimpeurs. Then you'll just sound silly. But that's ok, because they'll probably laugh at you and if you make someone laugh that's a good thing.
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Re: Pronunciation, local or 'Merican?

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I am now craving a greek salida with chicken for lunch
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