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Old 19.06.2009, 17:02
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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, 17:04
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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, 17:26
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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, 17:27
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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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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

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A Swiss german lady at work always says "Migroze" whereas I believe the 'S' should be silent.

in italian you say "migross", and coop is pronounced CO - OP
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

actually that's not true, in italian you pronounce it COP
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Old 19.06.2009, 17:28
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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, 17:42
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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 21.06.2010, 15:15
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Are they actually anything to do with co-op from the uk? As in The Co operative.

I always wondered
I always thought it obviously must be the same - at least the parent company. But no, they are nothing to do with each other .
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Old 21.06.2010, 15:46
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

Coop is pronounced 'ko - opp'.
Migros is pronounced 'mee - gro(s)' (silent s).
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Old 21.06.2010, 15:48
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

It is what I say it is. If the locals don't understand, I just say it louder.
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Old 21.06.2010, 16:45
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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...
me too!!! Dutch influence I guess
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Old 21.06.2010, 16:49
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Re: Coop: Pronounced "koop" or "koh-ahp"?

In the UK Co-op is often pronounced 'kwop'
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Old 19.06.2009, 17:47
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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, 18:27
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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, 09:44
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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, 16:10
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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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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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