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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 4:37 pm     Reply with quote

Okay you linguists out there, what say you? Inquiring minds want to know. I've heard these names pronounced different ways.

I've always said Tee' sko

and...

Goy' (rhymes with boy) uh tone

accent on the first syllable of each word.

How'bout you?
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 4:59 pm     Reply with quote

I've always said TIE (like necktie)-sko & GUY (like dude)-a-tone. (Around these parts "GOY" means sumthin' else entirely... Wink )
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Jon Light


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 5:08 pm     Reply with quote

I'm same as Jim. I'm not saying it's correct. Just that that's how I say them.
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Steve Marinak


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Delray Beach, Florida, USA
Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 5:17 pm     Reply with quote

you're both right...I think.

I always said it like
Tee sko
Guy a tone
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 5:47 pm     Reply with quote

hmmm... I say both of them the opposite of Jim and Jon. Maybe it's a New England thing...? Laughing pah-k the cah in Hah-vah-d yah-d. ...The hah'-bah mah-kah mah-ks the hah'-bah.
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Paul Honeycutt


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 6:01 pm     Reply with quote

On the west coast as a kid we said "Tea-es-ko."

I don't know why we landed on that.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 6:05 pm     Reply with quote

Wow, that's three different pronunciations so far.
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Steve Winters


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 7:18 pm     Reply with quote

Okay Doug, is it Bow-my-er, Bee-my-er, Bow-meer, Boo-me-a ?
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 7:43 pm     Reply with quote

Laughing Good one, Steve. I don't even know how to pronounce it anymore! I've heard a hundred different ways.
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Terry VunCannon


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 7:43 pm     Reply with quote

Not just a west coast thing Paul, we said it "Tea-es-ko" on the east coast too.
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 7:47 pm     Reply with quote

Doug Beaumier wrote:
Laughing Good one, Steve. I don't even know how to pronounce it anymore! I've heard a hundred different ways.

Well, how did your parents pronounce it, Doug? Seriously...
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 8:07 pm     Reply with quote

We pronounce it Bo' me er. The French pronunciation is Boo me a' but I've never said it that way.
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David M Brown


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 8:07 pm     Reply with quote

They are Japanese based words.

"I've always said Tee' sko

and...

Goy' (rhymes with boy) uh tone

accent on the first syllable of each word. "

The words in Romaji are:

Teisco (テスコ)

Well, the katakana in parentheses are:

テスコ

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Te_(kana)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Su_(kana)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ko_(kana)

Te - Su - Ko

Now with the devoicing of the Japanese "u" you get a sound like "tay-ss-ko'.

So the Teisco on the label, if pronounced sort of Spanish-Portuguese-Italian would be very close.

Guyatone.

Well it comes from a word meaning toolmaker, one that takes care of tools, etc. or something. I think.

https://guyatoneus.com/history/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guyatone

Guyatone - グヤトーン or ガイアトーン

gu-ya-to-n

As if it was "goo-ya-tone"

It's a mixed Japanese-English word.

またね

mata ne

as in "See you soon"
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Frank James Pracher


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 8:13 pm     Reply with quote

I've always heard it pronounced Tess (rhymes with dress) co.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 8:16 pm     Reply with quote

Maybe we should just say G'tone and and T'co.
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 8:18 pm     Reply with quote

Throatwarbler Mangrove.
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David M Brown


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 8:20 pm     Reply with quote

Doug Beaumier wrote:
We pronounce it Bo' me er. The French pronunciation is Boo me a' but I've never said it that way.


Back in South Louisiana/New Orleans it would be "Bow (like bow tie or bow and arrow) Me A (long a).

sort of like "Bo-m'yay".

But that's Cajun, cher.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 8:49 pm     Reply with quote

Quote:
sort of like "Bo-m'yay


Yeah, I've heard that a lot. I've also heard BooMer, Beamer, BeU me er, etc. I should have changed it years ago... to Smith or Jones! I'm reminded of the time Buddy Emmons tried to pronounce it. It was at Jeff Newman's school in 1981. I took a two day C6 seminar with the Big E, and when Buddy handed out the "diplomas" at the end, he started to say my name and he got as far as "Doug"... Laughing
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 8:55 pm     Reply with quote

Doug Beaumier wrote:
...when Buddy handed out the "diplomas" at the end, he started to say my name and he got as far as "Doug"...

Well, did he pronounce it with one "g" or two?
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 9:03 pm     Reply with quote

Laughing
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James Kerr


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Post Posted 9 Apr 2017 2:39 am     Reply with quote

There are two French Tennis Players called Guy Forget & Henri Laconte. TV commentators have a bit of trouble with the last one.

Trifle with those if you dare.

James.
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Steve Marinak


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Post Posted 9 Apr 2017 3:25 am     Reply with quote

BO ME AIR is how I thought you would pronounce it. ..and I took French as a kid, (twice, I was so bad at it)

Doug, are you in the New England area, or Rhode Island? I believe there's quite a few French in that area for many years.
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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 9 Apr 2017 5:17 am     Reply with quote

Boomer,

Globally, dipthongs generally take on the sound of the second vowel, so I'd say 'Tai-' and 'Guy-', both long i's .
The tip-offs to me are the second syllables, '-co' and '-tone,' a company and a sound quality, Westernizations.

As language deconstructs and globalizes, cultural differences blur.
Jay Turser--a company--came to America to dub its new guitar line, and wanted to get the quality 'Tulsa' in its name,
but Japanese pronunciation gave it the 'Turser' sound. So we don't know who Guy was anymore than we do Jay.

These are more names than words, so the rules apply as loosely as they do in Beaumier.
However, I'd have said 'Bow-me-yay,' so what do I know.
I did enjoy the Japanese lesson, David, and you may be absolutely right.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 9 Apr 2017 5:22 am     Reply with quote

I took French as a kid too, but I had no interest in it. I liked Spanish a lot more. Steve, Rhode Island is part of New England, but I'm in Mass. Yes, there are a lot of people with Canadian French roots around here, but I never hear anyone speaking French. My family roots go back 200 years in this state. But enough about me... let's get back to the GOY A TONE and the TEE SKO !
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 9 Apr 2017 5:23 am     Reply with quote

Charlie McDonald wrote:
Jay Turser--a company--came to America to dub its new guitar line, and wanted to get the quality 'Tulsa' in its name,
but Japanese pronunciation gave it the 'Turser' sound. So we don't know who Guy was anymore than we do Jay.

So you're saying there is no person named "Jay Turser", it's just a fictitious corporate name?
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