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Old 05-31-05, 08:31 AM   #1
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stupid pronunciation question

do you say bianchi like bian-key or bian-chee

this has been reckin my brain like crazy
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Old 05-31-05, 08:34 AM   #2
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Old 05-31-05, 08:46 AM   #3
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The correct Italian pronunciation of the word 'Bianchi' is "bee-an-key". You don't say "Tchee-an-tee" for the wine variety or indeed the region in Tuscany from where it orginates. If a "ch" is seen in Italian, the sound is a hard "k" usually. Similarly, a lone "c" in Italian is pronouced "tch." They spell the word "Chinese" like "Cinese" but pronouce it "chin-ay-zee".

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Old 05-31-05, 08:47 AM   #4
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Is "Celeste" Sell-est, or Chell-est?
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Old 05-31-05, 08:48 AM   #5
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Is "Celeste" Sell-est, or Chell-est?
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If it's an Italian word, then the correct pronunciation would actually be "Tchel-aest-ee" with emphasis on the middle syllable. But I would say sell-est!
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Old 05-31-05, 08:59 AM   #8
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Not a stupid question. Back in the 80's a guy walked into our shop and asked, "Do you guys sell dem Banshee bicycles?" I looked at him dumbly as I hadn't heard of that particular brand yet. He repeated, "You know, Banshee, them puke green bikes?"

I finally caught on and said, "Yes sir, we sell Bee an key bicycles."

He said, No, no, not BEE AN KEY, Banshee. I smiled and directed him to our wall that was full of them. He left an hour later, the proud owner of a brand new "Banshee" bicycle.
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Old 05-31-05, 10:16 AM   #9
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Hey, nowadays that guy coulda got a real Banshee bike! http://www.bansheebikes.com/
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thnks for the info. i always just alternated between bianshee and biankey.now i know... and knowing is half the battle!
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Old 05-31-05, 12:07 PM   #11
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[QUOTE=CRUM]Not a stupid question. Back in the 80's a guy walked into our shop and asked, "Do you guys sell dem Banshee bicycles?" I looked at him dumbly as I hadn't heard of that particular brand yet.

This will date me (more like carbon date me)
Years ago when i was just a pup, i managed a tire store when radial tires were first coming to market. For you younger viewers that's the tire that replaced the wagon wheel;-). People would come into the store asking for those new radio tires. We'd ask them if they wanted the AMs or the FMs? We came up similar smart assed responses to people asking for ratio tires or radium beam tires. Gotta admit, those radium beams were good tires! Nothing quite like a set of wide white radium beams on a deuce and a quarter. Talk about a smooth ride!
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how do you say "puch"?
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