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Old 12-13-2009, 10:48 AM   #21
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Seriously, that bothers you? I think 99% of Americans pronounce it Porsh so you really must be bothered on a pretty regular basis.
I really don't hear people call it a "porsh" very often. But then I rarely leave the city.

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ya i hear porsch(silent e) all the time. but ive also heard some people from some regions of the US call it NIKE (long I silent E) which is interesting. but at the end of the day every languange butchers words from the another one so its all good.
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When I met Peter Porsche for the first time, he said: "Hi, I'm Peter Por sha." Then he autographed the inside of my hood.
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When I met Peter Porsche for the first time, he said: "Hi, I'm Peter Por sha." Then he autographed the inside of my hood.

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Well as English born and bred I guess I am qualified to have a opinion, here in UK again the masses would call it 'Porsh' while those in the know would probably call it by the correct pronunciation 'Porsh-ah' but to be honest calling it Porsh-ah makes you sound like some kind of upper class twit, and we incredibly still have a bit of a class thing going on here in Britain!!!
I am a owner but will always call it 'Porsh'
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ya i hear porsch(silent e) all the time. but ive also heard some people from some regions of the US call it NIKE (long I silent E) which is interesting. but at the end of the day every languange butchers words from the another one so its all good.
Chevrolet
US = chev-ro-lay
France = chev-ro-let

Moet y chandon
US=mo-ey
France= mo-et

Filet Mignon
US = fil-eh
France = feel - eh
UK = filit

Porsche
GMBH = pour - sha
US = porsch

Don't feel bad in other countries the slaughter english all the time, probably the most annoying is in Greece where they are convinced that a silent "e" is actually pronounced as "uh" followed by an ackward pause.
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Chevrolet
US = chev-ro-lay
France = chev-ro-let

Moet y chandon
US=mo-ey
France= mo-et

Filet Mignon
US = fil-eh
France = feel - eh
UK = filit

Porsche
GMBH = pour - sha
US = porsch

Don't feel bad in other countries the slaughter english all the time, probably the most annoying is in Greece where they are convinced that a silent "e" is actually pronounced as "uh" followed by an ackward pause.

I'm Sorry, but I don't know where you got your information from!
I don't know of anywhere where Moet isn't pronounced anything but 'mo-ey', a 'Filet -o-fish' or 'Filet Mignon' will always be pronounced 'Fil-ay' because it's a name. A Fillet (pronounced Fil-et) would be used to describe a cut of meat or the noun - 'to fillet'.

I'm in the 'Porscha' depending on my mood
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This topic has spread to boxa.net in the UK:

http://www.boxa.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=42657&hl=

According to that thread [and pimpmythread here] most of the UK guys prefer "Porsh," to avoid seeming snooty. This thread suggests that in the US "Por-sha" is preferred.

Note the reference to "pretentious Americans"
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I'm Sorry, but I don't know where you got your information from!
I don't know of anywhere where Moet isn't pronounced anything but 'mo-ey', a 'Filet -o-fish' or 'Filet Mignon' will always be pronounced 'Fil-ay' because it's a name. A Fillet (pronounced Fil-et) would be used to describe a cut of meat or the noun - 'to fillet'.

I'm in the 'Porscha' depending on my mood
Ahem....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo%C3%ABt_et_Chandon

"Mot et Chandon (French pronunciation: [moɛte ʃɑ̃ɔ̃]"

Follow up post:

Gordon Ramsey pronouncing filet mignon... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfM_7uwH_Jw

By the way "to filet" is a verb not a noun.

Ok, I think I have made my point.

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You have. Wikipedia is always right
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This topic has spread to boxa.net in the UK:

http://www.boxa.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=42657&hl=

According to that thread [and pimpmythread here] most of the UK guys prefer "Porsh," to avoid seeming snooty. This thread suggests that in the US "Por-sha" is preferred.

Note the reference to "pretentious Americans"
I wouldn't take anything too seriously there...the Forum is called "Boxa" after all

I don't get the whole inverted snobbery thing - it's pronounced 'PORSH-A" so why try and dumb it down? Why is it considered "Snooty" to pronounce something correctly?
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We colonists do carry an air of superiority, don't we? I've no idea why that exists. We certainly have no room to gloat about anything these days if you ask me.
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I am 47 years old and in all my days I only know of one woman named Portia, (you know the hot blond actress from Aly McBeal).

How unbelievably pretentious that makes us as a nation.

I will say this though after spending years on the UK Land Rover boards, nobody can prison rape the english language like a Brit. Wot you say? You heard me.

Septic = Septic tank = Yank = American

Defense rests...
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And all this time I thought your name for us "Yanks" was an abbreviation for yankee... not septic tank!

So where did we get Limey from? (No offense meant, by the way!)
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Wasn't that something to do with Sailors eating Limes to prevent some sort of vitamin-deficient disease...'Scurvy' when sailing?
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I used to live in the UK and still go there quite often on business. I am an anglophile at heart, I love the people and the country but get annoyed with them sometimes.

Septic is an example of Cockney Rhyming Slang, I was frequently refered to as a "septic" on the LRO board.
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I wouldn't take anything too seriously there...the Forum is called "Boxa" after all

I don't get the whole inverted snobbery thing - it's pronounced 'PORSH-A" so why try and dumb it down? Why is it considered "Snooty" to pronounce something correctly?

hahahaha ... agreed. The only reasonable explanation I've seen for deliberate mispronunciation is wanted to avoid sounding anything like Jeremy Clarkson, the guy who plays the "odious Brit" character [also featured on A. Idol and Hells Kitchen shows] on Top Gear.
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I'm surprised nobody has brought up how the narrator says "Porsche" in the Porsche commercials. While regional nuances will always be in play with nearly any language, if there is a correct and incorrect way to say it, I'd hope they would get it right (according to Porsche, as a manufacturer) in their ads.
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I'm surprised nobody has brought up how the narrator says "Porsche" in the Porsche commercials. While regional nuances will always be in play with nearly any language, if there is a correct and incorrect way to say it, I'd hope they would get it right (according to Porsche, as a manufacturer) in their ads.
Yeah even the Porsche commercial guy says pooorsh in slighty southern twang. Just listen very closely next time they air one.
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I'm in the "Porsch-ah " group. I've found that, if a stranger approaches you with questions about your "porsh" and you are friendly and enthusiastic, but subtlely corrective, they will change the way they say it... at least for that conversation.
Example: (Random encounter late this summer, filling up at a gas station near my office; heavily paraphrased)
Me:
Guy: "excuse me - is that your Porsch? is it fast? How much $$$ is a Porsh"
Me: standard answers... working in the correct pronunciation; something like "...Actually, you can pick up a Porsch-ah used for a whole lot less than you might think..."
Guy: "cool, I'll check out porsch-ah's on Ebay"

I think it's kind of amusing how many people will adjust their pronunciation to match mine; I've almost made it a game.

Then again, I've also used "Porsh" at PCA events just to see what sort of reactions I get, so maybe I'm just a troublemaker...

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