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Old 19.06.2009, 18:02
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Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

The Swiss Germans in my company all said "koop" but people in Vaud were correcting me all week. Which pronunciation is correct?
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Old 19.06.2009, 18:04
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

Some of the people i work with here say Koop. Very few seem to call it Co-Op.

Personally, I call it the Cope. It confuses everyone...
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Old 19.06.2009, 18:26
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

Oh don't you worry about that richardm !! This is a constant, at times very amusing struggle between the two parts of Switzerland, how we pronounce what.

There is no right or wrong way to pronounce coop. Just pronounce it like the people around you say it.
Of course it sounds way nicer with a French accent.
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Old 19.06.2009, 18:27
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

A Swiss german lady at work always says "Migroze" whereas I believe the 'S' should be silent.
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Old 19.06.2009, 18:28
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

Are they actually anything to do with co-op from the uk? As in The Co operative.

I always wondered
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Old 19.06.2009, 18:42
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

In Geneva it is to my knowledge regularly pronounced with a short vowell --as in 'copp'.
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Old 19.06.2009, 18:47
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

I've never heard a Swiss German pronounce it Co-op but am not sure how the other language regions do it. The cooperative has created companies abroad in partnerships with foreign retailers but is not affiliated with the British Co-op as far as I know.

Migros has a silent S because it's composed of the French words "mi-" and "en gros" ("half-bulk" seller).
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Old 19.06.2009, 19:27
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

Pronouncing "coop" as "koop" reinforces the image that people are concentrated inside this enclosure for fattening and controlled breeding. This is made possible thanks to strategic placement of "Prix Garantie" products near the entrance and on shelves at eye-level.

As for "Migros", I personally pronounce it "my gross", for similar reasons.
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

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The Swiss Germans in my company all said "koop"...
I must be really out of it - have *never* heard it referred to in Swiss-German as other than "Co-ohp".

As for the pronunciation you are hearing in Vaud - French speakers are bound to pronounce it differently than Swiss-German speakers, I have heard it referred to (in French) as "Copp".
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Old 20.06.2009, 10:44
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

And all the 80 millions of germans in Germany say Ko-op!
So it is up to you ...
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Old 20.06.2009, 17:10
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

Quite the can of worms I've opened here. I wonder what Coop public relations department would say. Perhaps they might also not agree?
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Old 20.06.2009, 17:22
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

All the (Swiss-German and the almost naturalised) 'locals' around me say Cope but I can never make myself say it that way. To me, it will always be 'The Co-Opp'.
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Old 20.06.2009, 17:51
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

logically it would be ko-opp if there were two words written like co-op.
as far as i know coop means (correct me if im wrong) co-operation, so it is two words, but now written in one. maybe its a logo/ci/cd-thing. for me its coop. the double-o gets stretched to a long sounding "oh"-> koop.
i remember that we had in german tv mid-80ies coop ads and i found a wiki-entry http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coop_eG plus an coop.de webpage. in those ads they were saying ko-opp. but its the same difference us germans saying Gel but hier its jeehl as the swiss tend to french-ize things. maybe this makes it coop even more...
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Old 20.06.2009, 18:24
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

Yes it indeed comes from co-operation. Coop is organised as a cooperative and there also was a hyphen in the old logo that you can see here.
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

After coming here from the Netherlands, it was a a little strange to see a supermarket whose name is pronounced "koop". In Dutch, "Koop!" means "Buy!".
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Old 17.11.2009, 13:15
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

My Swiss hubby pronounces Coop as "cope" and Migros "mii-grose"... on my own I would have been inclined to pronounce Coop as if it rhymed with "soup" and leave the "s" silent on Migros.
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

The linguistic trick with Coop is to form your mouth into an "oooo", not moving your lips, while inside your mouth forming two syllables-- "co" and "op", closing with the "P".
I've heard it this way in Zurich and Lugano.
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

I just call it Cope, as it helps me do just that......
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

The first thing my relo agent did when I arrived was correct my pronunciation of Coop . . . She said it was 'Cope' and I've stuck to that without problems.

(I don't really understand what people mean when they mention 'Coop' and 'Koop' as different pronunciations)
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