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Wolf

An informative blog on pronunciations and other words that just irritate me...

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I'll start this off with common words in the Speaker building hobby, like manufacturers names, etc.... then dilute my focus into words that seem to get misspelled, misstated, or misunderstood frequently. We can't always get this stuff from textual bases.

Manufacturers:
Accuton; "Ack-Q-tahn", from accuracy aplenty.

Hiquphon; "Hick-uh-fahn", founded by Oskar originally for the Fried tweeters.

Visaton; (auf Deutsch) "Fee-suh-taun", English I hear "Vy-Suh-tahn", means to display aplenty.

Aurum Cantus; (from Latin) "Ow-room Kahn-tooss", but English normally "Or-uhm Kan-tuss", and means golden melody or song.

SEAS is an acronym for Scandinavian Electro Acoustic Systems, and is typically pronounced as "Say-Ahz".

Audax, according to my BIL who was raised in France, comes from the tongue- "O-dahgz".

AURA- obviously "Or-Ah".

Eminence = "Em-In-Ents"

ERSE; "Err-Suh"

ETON; auf Deutsch would be "Ay-Taun", but English say "EE-tuhn".

Fostex = "Fahss-Tecks", not 'tek'.

Fountek = "Fown-tek", not "Fahn-tek".

Hi-Vi is "Hy-Vy" to me.

RAAL to me could be a few things:
"Rahl" is what I hear most often. "R-al" is also heard, but "Ray-uhl" could also be a possibility.
*Please correct me if you've heard it from the manufacturer's lips.

Tang Band is not Tang Bang. "Tang-Band".

Vifa = "Vee-Fuh".

Goertz and Mundorf should be auf Deutsch- "Go-wur-tss" and "Moon-Dorf" with rolls/lilt on the 'R'.

Neutrik auf Deutsch is "Noy-Treek", but commonly English says "New-trick".

Behringer- "Bayr-Reenger"

Most of the others I would think to be self explanatory.
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To make a cabinet more dead, the term is to 'Damp', not 'dampen'. Therefore, the word 'Damping' is also correct.

'Loose' means to be not-tight, and should not be confused for 'Lose'; which is 1-to not be found or 2-lost.

'Tour' is pronounced 'Too(2)-Err', not 'Torr'.

Larynx and Pharynx are 'Layr-EEnks' and 'Fayr-EEnks', not 'nix'.

I'll add to this blog as I see fit.....

Later,
Wolf

Updated 03-21-2012 at 12:14 AM by Wolf

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  1. John_Frum's Avatar
    What about Thiele? I've always wondered if I pronounce it correctly. I say, "thee uhl".
  2. Wolf's Avatar
    Nope- it's 'teel', or even 't-heel' if you make the H present. Just don't blur the 'T' and 'H' sounds to 'TH', keep them separate.

    This goes for Thiel Audio, Thiele/Small, and Thiele and Partner.

    Later,
    Wolf
  3. Caiman's Avatar
    Goertz should be close to Gurts, although German "oe" (or , with Umlaut) is closer to French "eu", longer, and the following "r" opens towards a schwa ("ə") sound rather than a roll or a trill. Something like Gu-ats, or maybe like "goats" with the -oa- phonemes inverted.
  4. Wolf's Avatar
    Caiman- you are likely correct about that one.
    I took 4 yeats of German in HS, and Go-Urtz is likely more similar.
    What I stated would have been Guertz, not Goertz.
  5. Wolf's Avatar
    Additions...

    Nuclear- stated 'New-klee-er', not 'New-kyoo-ler' (Nucular)

    Difference between 'Less' and 'Fewer' is another one. More often than not- Less is used when it should be fewer. The latest Colgate commercial for instance- 'Less germs, healthier mouth' shoud be 'Fewer germs, healthier mouth'.

    When it comes to a number, 'fewer' should be used.

    More to come...
    Updated 08-26-2012 at 04:15 PM by Wolf
  6. Wolf's Avatar
    I borrowed them to an audiophile friend...
    This word should be 'lent'. Technically your friend borrowed them.
  7. Wolf's Avatar
    Found another one:

    Advise is the verb form, pronounced 'ad-vyz'. Advice is the term for the recommendation. Ad-v-ice.




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