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    How do you pronounce chamois?

    My boyfriend says it's pronounced shu meece but I think it's shammy. Settle this for us, please.....

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    Shammy.

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    Boy, sure beats the way I thought (kam-mois). Good thing I never tried it away from the comfort of my computer!

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    shammy like mammy or jammie

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    [channeling Al Jolson] SHAMMAY!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by superdex
    [channeling Al Jolson] SHAMMAY!!

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    shammy! shammy! shammalamadingdong

    When I first started riding last year I had to ask a coworker how to pronounce it. Cute little roadie.
    Anyhow, she also told me how to pronounce sugoi and descente. I promptly forgot those two.

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    Frenchman: shuhm-wa (shuhm rhymes with some)
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    chamm-ee or (with a soft h) shum-wa.

    no 's' sound on the end.
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    How do you pronounce cat? Come on now, this country is getting dumber by the minute.
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    That is one moronic statement. Chamois isn't exactly a standard english word.
    I suppose you harp on emigrants who can't say letters like "s" or native english speakers who can't figure out how to pronounce french words?

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    Agreed... If you pronounced Chamois in standard english translation it would NOT be pronounced correctly. English isnt exactly a standard language with hard and fast rules for pronunciation. Im sure SlowandSteady has never mispronounced anything before.
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    i always thought it was "cam - moo". just a little off

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowandsteady
    How do you pronounce cat? Come on now, this country is getting dumber by the minute.
    http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/cat
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowandsteady
    How do you pronounce cat?
    "Furry little psychopath". You mean there's another way to pronounce it?
    Last edited by Paul Graham; 09-12-06 at 11:51 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ima.newbie
    My boyfriend says it's pronounced shu meece but I think it's shammy. Settle this for us, please.....
    The French pronunciation would be something like "shah-MWAAH" (with "ah" being the vowel in "father"). Many English speakers say it more like "sham-WAH" (with the vowel in the first syllable being the vowel in the word "back").

    And yes, I have lived in France and can actually speak, read, and write French near fluently, so I know what I'm talking about.
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    How do you pronounce chamois?
    "Sheep skin rag."

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    I don't remember ever having this conversation.

    I will admit to using the american pronunciation, but that's just because I never actually thought about it being a French word. Hey... I'm from Texas... You should see how my friend pronounces Les MisÚrables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowandsteady
    How do you pronounce cat? Come on now, this country is getting dumber by the minute.
    I don't think it's a dumb question. I'm a French major and "panniers" is properly pah-nyae NOT pan-yers. But, I imagine one would sound silly not saying pan-yers in an LBS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redfooj
    i always thought it was "cam - moo". just a little off
    No, that would Camus

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    Yes, my name is Zamphiree4hbd7'dd. Its pronounced "Johnny". Some of the letters are silent.

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    sham-eee

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    dì´e-per, dì´per

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