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Old 21.02.2011, 11:22
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

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I hope you are not referring to definition number 6

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=poutine
Nevermind the first five definitions, eh?

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Tsk, them French Canadian people...
Fixed that for you LiB - you'd never catch a real Frenchie eating poutine - whatever definition you wish to use
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Old 21.02.2011, 11:22
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

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*breaks wind in the general direction of the french*


Ok, You are safe!
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Old 21.02.2011, 11:23
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

Back on topic please (wtf, am I becoming a mod now? )..anyhoo, something that bothers me is the way the say steak on the German side...*Steeeek* .
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Old 21.02.2011, 11:26
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*mumble mumble Quebecois mumble *
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Old 21.02.2011, 11:30
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

I know someone who worked for the Zurich travel agents, Globetrotter. They, and apparently the rest of the employees there are convinced their company is pronounced 'Globby-trotter'.

Are they wrong? After all, the German electrical appliance manufacturer Braun has advertised themselves on UK TV as 'Brawn', when we all know of course that this pronounced 'Brown'.

Who's right? More important, who cares??

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Old 21.02.2011, 11:32
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Back on topic please (wtf, am I becoming a mod now? )..anyhoo, something that bothers me is the way the say steak on the German side...*Steeeek* .
Why is it teak but steak?
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Old 21.02.2011, 11:36
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

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Perhaps because it's Greek name and Swiss are taught to pronounce it this way?
nope, the greek name is pronounced Homer with a second-syllable stress.

Also, the "whoomer" thing isn't a Swiss speciality - the German company who does the synchronization work for the Simpsons is to blame - they actually pronounce it (or at least used to pronounce it) "whoomer" on the show.
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

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Old 21.02.2011, 11:47
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Why is it teak but steak?
Sheesh. Do you need someone to spell it out for you?

Because there's an "s" before the "teak".

Some people.
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Old 21.02.2011, 11:51
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

so what about speak then?
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

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so what about speak then?
teak
steak
bear
create

Why? because we can!
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Old 21.02.2011, 12:07
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

what about break and brake then
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

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what about break and brake then
There is no end to pronunciation tricks in English:

read
read (past tense)

hair
hare
hear
heard

pair
pare
pear

tear (a piece of paper)
tear (boo hoo)

and so on and so forth.
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Old 21.02.2011, 12:26
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

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what about break and brake then
That's called homophones
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Old 21.02.2011, 12:30
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

course, cougar, could, coupon, cough, country, couch, courtesy

though, through, bough, cough, thought, hiccough

They bear their fair share there.

Need I say more? There's no logic in English pronunciation. None.
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Old 21.02.2011, 14:26
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

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There is no end to pronunciation tricks in English:

read
read (past tense)

hair
hare
hear
heard

pair
pare
pear

tear (a piece of paper)
tear (boo hoo)

and so on and so forth.
My fav is "sow"
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Old 21.02.2011, 14:42
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

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Strictly speaking, the USA is one of the two countries in the world that don't actually have a name. The states have all names, and they happen to be united in a continent called America. Nothing more. Not a name. Hence, there is no solution to the said problem, as there is no noun to make an adjective out of. There is only a periphrase.

The second nameless country, thus named periphrastically, is the United Emirates.

The French Canadians made up the neologism étatsunien. EDIT: Corrected, thanks Nil, it is only slang and not widely used.

EDIT2: I can't believe I've been groaned at just because somebody does not understand the difference between periphrastic naming and an actual name. I just can't believe it...
This makes no sense. The official name is the United States of America.
American refers to citizens of the United States of America, not Canadians, not Mexicans, not Columbians etc.
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Old 21.02.2011, 14:44
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

So what is North America then?
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So what is North America then?
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So what is North America then?
A continent and geographical area.

Seriously, what is the problem?

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