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Thule: How to pronounce?

Old 06-24-05, 09:58 AM
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Thule: How to pronounce?

Thule--since I have 2 of these racks I should learn the correct pronunciation of the company name. I pronounce it Too-lah, like Porche is Por-sha, but I hear others say Too-lee. Does anyone know which is correct? I know this is trivial, but this has been bugging me... Thanks
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It's Thoo-el (soft e)... the son of Thor.
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Old 06-24-05, 10:08 AM
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Until Wednesday of this week, I'd never heard it pronounced at all. So I went into my local sporting goods store and asked for the THOOL truck bed bike stand. Boy, was my face red.
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Old 06-24-05, 10:41 AM
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I've been hearing and saying Too-lee for over 10 years. Thool just sounds silly.

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Old 06-24-05, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by phidauex
I've been hearing and saying Too-lee for over 10 years. Thool just sounds silly.
Hey, jutht becauth thome of uth have a little lithp doethn't mean you need ot make fun of how thilly Thool thounds
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Old 06-24-05, 11:38 AM
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Thule - latin name for an island 6 days sailing north of Britain. Its over 45 years since I did latin at school, but I think the pronunciation should be tool-ay.
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Old 06-24-05, 11:39 AM
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been saying tool-ee for over tweenty
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Old 06-24-05, 12:16 PM
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Ta Hool. Like, I'm a Ta Hool!
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Ex-pen-sive.
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Old 06-24-05, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by MickE
Thule--since I have 2 of these racks I should learn the correct pronunciation of the company name. I pronounce it Too-lah, like Porche is Por-sha, but I hear others say Too-lee. Does anyone know which is correct? I know this is trivial, but this has been bugging me... Thanks
From a Thule and Yakima rack retailer web site (Rackhaus.com):

Q: How do you pronounce "Thule?"

Even without a Swedish tutor, most of us say "TOO-lee." It's definitely not "Thool" (rhymes with "drool").
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Old 06-24-05, 05:56 PM
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TOO-luh
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Old 06-24-05, 06:16 PM
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Sounds like Too-lee to me... toodle-e-doo...lol
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Linguistically, it seems to have a Germanic/Saxon origin, so it would probably be pronounced TOO-luh (as CdCf says). The "e" is a schwa, so it's pronounced very softly (like the "a" in sofa). TOO-lee is a regionalization and probably how most people pronounce it, but that "Th" is definitely pronounced just plain old "T".
/dork mode. Sorry about that...
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I just call them jim-bob.
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Originally Posted by rule
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Thu∑le1 (too-lee)

The most northerly region of the habitable world to ancient Greek geographers. Posited as an island north of Britain, it has been variously identified with Iceland, Norway, and the Shetland Islands.
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Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse
I used to pronounce it ThEEool. A LBS guy with an attitude smapped at me.
"It's TOOL-ee"

I told him if they wanted it pronounce that way, they should have spelled it
T-O-O-L-I-E
I.E. you're a tool.

he didn't get it.


CE
I'm thinking that you were just chit-chatting about racks rather than actually buying a $500.00 roof rack system. I've found that LBS guys are far less persnickety about pronouncation when you're holding your credit card in your hand. I know back in my LBS days I would not only have been glad to sell you a "ThEEool" rack but I would have even installed it on your "SOB".
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Originally Posted by phidauex
I've been hearing and saying Too-lee for over 10 years. Thool just sounds silly.

peace,
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Yeah, I know. But if you'd never heard it pronounced...? I hadn't. Oh well.
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Originally Posted by drelove2k2
Thu∑le1 (too-lee)

The most northerly region of the habitable world to ancient Greek geographers. Posited as an island north of Britain, it has been variously identified with Iceland, Norway, and the
Shetland Islands.
Ultima est Thule.
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Originally Posted by GreyGoat
been saying tool-ee for over tweenty
About 50 for me.
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Old 05-13-07, 03:43 PM
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I avoid this issue by using Yakima.
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Iguess it depends on who you ask,the representatives at the sales office in NY.pronounce it thoolee . It can be said as tooly as well,in more than one language it meens land way up north.
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Old 05-13-07, 05:52 PM
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According to my Swedish neighbors, it's TOO-leh. Most Teutonic languages are the same when there is an 'e' on the end, as in Porsche: POR-sheh. There is no hint of an 'ay' sound at all, although, to American ears, it may resemble an 'uh' sound, sort of. That, according to my Austrian cousins.
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