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Concours 14 Discussion (C14 / ZG1400 / 1400GTR) => Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech => Topic started by: Saffer on July 27, 2018, 07:59:10 am

Title: Proper pronunciation
Post by: Saffer 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 !
Title: Re: Proper pronunciation
Post by: C. Moore 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.
Title: Re: Proper pronunciation
Post by: Egodriver71 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'
Title: Re: Proper pronunciation
Post by: S Smith 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.


 
Title: Re: Proper pronunciation
Post by: Texas Concours14 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.
Title: Re: Proper pronunciation
Post by: David on July 27, 2018, 01:29:40 pm
I concur.
Silent "s". I always pronounce it though.
Title: Re: Proper pronunciation
Post by: okrider on July 27, 2018, 01:36:29 pm
Can you link the video please?
Title: Re: Proper pronunciation
Post by: Bamm Bamm 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.
Title: Re: Proper pronunciation
Post by: ConcoursKZ on July 27, 2018, 05:43:45 pm
C 14
Title: Re: Proper pronunciation
Post by: ZXtasy on July 27, 2018, 06:08:47 pm
I say ZG-1400 mostly, but then I tell them my name is THX-1138
Title: Re: Proper pronunciation
Post by: oldnslo_MO on July 27, 2018, 08:07:36 pm
C 14
:bravo_2: :hee20hee20hee: :popcorncouple:
Title: Re: Proper pronunciation
Post by: Dirtwiz on July 27, 2018, 10:15:25 pm
We have a winner!!!!! But the C is silent unless its followed by a number.  :)
Title: Re: Proper pronunciation
Post by: Bumblebee 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: