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Offline Saffer

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Proper pronunciation
« on: July 27, 2018, 07:59:10 am »
Are our bikes pronounced as "Concour" or "Concours" ?  just watched a Youtube video and the head honcho of Kawa US pronounced it as
"Concour"  I guess he should know !

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Re: Proper pronunciation
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2018, 09:19:45 am »
I think the head honcho is right. It's like the Concours de Elegance. The "s" is silent. I guess it's a french thing.
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Re: Proper pronunciation
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2018, 10:23:08 am »
I think the head honcho is right. It's like the Concours de Elegance. The "s" is silent. I guess it's a french thing.

's' is silent, French

With the 's' you'll be waiting on an airplane as in 'Concourse'
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Re: Proper pronunciation
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2018, 10:42:32 am »
Silent "s" is correct. This is the way the guy responsible for the USA marketing of the classic C10 said it to me at a Kaw meeting many years ago.


 
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Re: Proper pronunciation
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2018, 01:23:08 pm »
Even though the proper pronunciation is a silent "s", if you say it that way you will get funny looks. Sort of like the proper pronunciation of "forte" being "fort" not "for-tay", but check out the confused looks if you say it correctly. So I go with Concours with the "s" and forte with the "tay." Sometimes you have to go with the flow. Language is fluid, sometimes in a devolving way. Lots of examples could be cited, but this isn't a grammar website, you know, like literally.
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Re: Proper pronunciation
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2018, 01:29:40 pm »
I concur.
Silent "s". I always pronounce it though.

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Re: Proper pronunciation
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2018, 01:36:29 pm »
Can you link the video please?
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Re: Proper pronunciation
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2018, 03:00:30 pm »
The Anglicized version is pronounced like "concourse."

The way it's supposed to be said in French, the "s" is silent unless the next word after it starts with a vowel sound.
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Re: Proper pronunciation
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2018, 05:43:45 pm »
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Re: Proper pronunciation
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2018, 06:08:47 pm »
I say ZG-1400 mostly, but then I tell them my name is THX-1138
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Re: Proper pronunciation
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Re: Proper pronunciation
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2018, 10:15:25 pm »
We have a winner!!!!! But the C is silent unless its followed by a number.  :)
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Re: Proper pronunciation
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2018, 05:45:52 pm »
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.  The 'Anglicized' pronunciation of Concours is incorrect.  Arguing whether or not the 's' is silent is kind of pointless.  Personally, I always say 'Concourse' when talking to the non initiate or simply C14 among other COG Members.  Either way, it's still the same great machine.   :beerchug: