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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:49 pm 
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We've had a lot of "how do you pronounce" threads. Perhaps we could ask all our word questions in one thread?

Anyway, how do you pronounce "rooibos?" Every time I order it at Starbucks, they look at me like I have three heads.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:52 pm 
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well, having south african friends, i can confidently tell you it is roy-boss, if you are south african, you may want to roll the "r" ;)

eta: you know it's an african tea right?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:52 pm 
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I don't.

BAM. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH.

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Roy-bis.

I've also heard roo-ee-buss but that makes me cringe.

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cumin?? hmmmmm?

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I pronounce it royboss.

How to people pronounce berbere? Niter kibbeh?

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"Roy-buss"

"cue-men" or sometimes I act fancy and call it "coo-men"

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i definitely pronounced kefir as kuh-fear and promptly got laughed at by my friend who said it's kee-fer (or keiffer, as in sutherland). I still like kuh-fear.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:07 pm 
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yeah i always thought kefir was keh-FEER. but i have no idea if i'm right on that one. cumin, i say coomin. and i have never even read those ones pp just posted...


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My grand aunt who spent many years in Ethiopia pronounces "berbere" as "behr-ber-ay" but I have no idea if that's actually correct.

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This is kinda embarrassing, but I have no idea how to pronounce "Les Misérables."

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i think it's acceptably just called Les Mis prounounced Lay Miz.

i think if you pronounced the whole thing it's Lay Miz-er-abb

i think.....

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Anyway, how do you pronounce "rooibos?"

I always say 'Roy-Bose' (Like dose but with a b). I do think the roy-boss is more accurate however.

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If I can't pronounce it, I won't order it. I hate myself.

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If I can't pronounce it, I won't order it. I hate myself.


There's always just pointing at the menu...

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:18 pm 
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LisaPunk wrote:
i think it's acceptably just called Les Mis prounounced Lay Miz.

i think if you pronounced the whole thing it's Lay Miz-er-abb

i think.....

Oh, I had it right then. I feel less silly now, haha.

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"Kef-fur"

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Fee wrote:
If I can't pronounce it, I won't order it. I hate myself.

I'll look up the pronunciation on my phone, and kind of mumble it if I'm unsure.


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What about Acai? I have no idea.

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"ah-sigh-ee"

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Somewhere I read it was Ah-Sigh-ee... but personally my head always says it as Ah-Kai (Kai like eye)

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Mars wrote:
Somewhere I read it was Ah-Sigh-ee... but personally my head always says it as Ah-Kai (Kai like eye)


I feel like it should be ah-kai too.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:59 pm 
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I've been saying rooibos wrong all along. Luckily I hate it.

berbere = I've heard both ber-ber-ay and berber
cumin = cue-min
I'm trying to figure out how one would say niter kibbeh other than the way I say it. niter is "nitter." kibbeh is kibbeh!


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hoisin? as in hoisin sauce? "hoy-sin"? "hoy-seen"? anyone?

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I was waaay off on rooibos! I don't think I've ever said it aloud (or heard anyone else say it!), but I have always read it as "roo-ee-bose."

Cumin is "coo-min." I find "cue-min" irritating. Much like "coo-pon" vs. "cue-pon."

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