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Old 09-11-06, 10:48 PM   #1
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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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Old 09-11-06, 10:53 PM   #2
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Old 09-11-06, 11:36 PM   #3
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http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/chamois
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Old 09-11-06, 11:40 PM   #4
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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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Old 09-11-06, 11:42 PM   #5
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shammy like mammy or jammie
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[channeling Al Jolson] SHAMMAY!!
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[channeling Al Jolson] SHAMMAY!!
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Old 09-12-06, 07:49 AM   #8
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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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Old 09-12-06, 07:59 AM   #9
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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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Old 09-12-06, 09:13 AM   #11
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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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Old 09-12-06, 10:24 AM   #13
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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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http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/cat
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Old 09-12-06, 11:43 AM   #16
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"Furry little psychopath". You mean there's another way to pronounce it?

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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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Old 09-14-06, 01:40 AM   #19
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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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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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Old 09-16-06, 05:03 AM   #21
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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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