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How do you pronounce Mavic?(29 posts)

How do you pronounce Mavic?jcpreuss
Dec 3, 2003 1:42 PM
Short a or long a? This is serious ... there's big money at stake here.
mah-veek nmmohair_chair
Dec 3, 2003 1:47 PM
agree (nm)Dwayne Barry
Dec 3, 2003 1:50 PM
mah-veek nmjcpreuss
Dec 3, 2003 2:29 PM
Ah, I guess I loose. thanks.
How do the French say Manhattan?BergMann
Dec 3, 2003 2:29 PM
As long as the French say "Mon-ho-ton" we're entitled to say Mavic however we damn well please -- and croissant too, while we're at it!

Try "Mah-vick" unless you are _really_ aching to have the local shop guys laugh themselves silly at your expense.
Try "Tyler Hamilton" in French . . .ms
Dec 3, 2003 2:46 PM
The French do a decent job with "Lance Armstrong" notwithstanding that they tend to put too much emphasis on the last syllable of Armstrong (i.e. arm STRONG). However, "Tyler Hamilton" is another matter. I can't recall exactly how the French television and TdeF announcers say "Tyler" (except that it does not sound the way that TH or I would say it). The French pronunciation of "Hamilton" goes something like am-il-toh(n).

Here's to Francophones mangling English and Anglophones mangling French. So long as we keep trying to communicate and people don't laugh too hard at my very poor attempts to pronounce French words, I don't care how people pronounce things (I even accept Bob Roll's "Tour DAY France," even though I know that it is as much an affectation as if someone in a US bike shop pronounced Mavic in the French style).
How about "Vitus" or "Cinelli" ?nmDave Hickey
Dec 3, 2003 2:36 PM
Cinelli: Like Liza Chinelli nmPdxMark
Dec 3, 2003 2:59 PM
That's what I thought, like Chipolini nmDave Hickey
Dec 3, 2003 3:11 PM
So this LBS guy swears it's "Ah-voh-SAY . . ."Cory
Dec 3, 2003 3:04 PM
One of these days, perhaps in midwinter when Doug needs billable hours, he should compile a pronunciation guide. I still struggle with Guerciotti, never feel confident saying Ciocc and do "giro" wrong in my head even though I know what's right, because I read it for years before I heard it pronounced.
It can get out of hand, though. An avocet--AV-uh-set, more or less--is a shorebird with a bunch of bike parts named after it. A few years ago a local mechanic/poseur began insisting it was "ah-vo-SAY," and correcting everybody who walked into the shop. Customers stayed away in droves....
forget bike names... ever try to pronounce watches?PmbH
Dec 3, 2003 3:32 PM
Blancpain, Girard Perregaux, Ulysse Nardin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Breguet, Audemars Piguet... I can't pronounce a single one of them. (nor can I afford a single one of them).
forget bike names... ever try to pronounce watches?oldbutslow
Dec 3, 2003 3:47 PM
Marry a European and you will not only learn how to pronounce the names, you may end up buying one!
my wife might not like that :o)PmbH
Dec 3, 2003 3:52 PM
Besides, she's already bought me an Oris...

You a watch nut too? I balance my toy purchases between bikes, watches, and a few other addictions.
Which one? (Oris, not wife) Wish my wife would buy me one (nm)Dale Brigham
Dec 4, 2003 8:00 AM
for those WIS's without European wives . . .pswann
Dec 3, 2003 8:19 PM
For the watch lovers out there:

http://www.chronometrie.com/watchsounds/watchsoundspage.htm
HilariousSpecialTater
Dec 4, 2003 7:56 AM
click on the Rolex one.
But my wife's AsianChicago_Steve
Dec 4, 2003 10:11 AM
Let me know and I'll see if I can get her to pronounce the following:

Giant
KHS
Fuji
wah-chez (nm)djg
Dec 4, 2003 6:56 AM
Har! I thought it was "waht-SHAY"NatC
Dec 4, 2003 6:59 AM
too funny.
in the south we say TI-MEX....Dave Hickey
Dec 4, 2003 10:41 AM
Unless you're a Texan and then it's RO-LEX:-)
How about Fondriest?Chicago_Steve
Dec 3, 2003 3:14 PM
I can't buy one of these bikes if I never learn to pronounce it correctly....
phon-dree-est. nmrufus
Dec 3, 2003 3:30 PM
Aren't they made by Gee-han-tay? (nm)53T
Dec 4, 2003 5:55 AM
how not to pronounce 'Voler'...JS Haiku Shop
Dec 4, 2003 6:37 AM
one of our cycling club board members was in charge of getting jerseys made a couple years ago. he talked to several print shops including Velowear, and *insisted* Voler was French, and pronounced "volay". LOL they're in California.
it is a french wordcyclopathic
Dec 4, 2003 8:43 AM
means to fly.

But you're right who cares we should all ride May-lot ja-unes, eat fa-jai-tas and ride to San Jo-Se on weekends.
I used to wait tables in a mexican restaurantJS Haiku Shop
Dec 4, 2003 10:16 AM
you should hear the way some people pronounce "fajitas".

worked in a russian restaurant, too. not even going there.
Heard a couple of "fah-gi-tas" in your day? nmDave Hickey
Dec 4, 2003 10:44 AM
how not to pronounce 'Voler'...almccm
Dec 4, 2003 2:22 PM
http://www.voler.com/meet.html

Follow that link and see how Voler thinks it should be pronounced.
DOH! i was wrong again. DOH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!JS Haiku Shop
Dec 5, 2003 6:53 AM
still sounded silly coming from this guy, though. :)