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Old 04-24-12, 05:12 AM
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Pronunciation

What is the correct pronunciation of "Jamis"? I say it "zha-MEE," because it's a Canadian company, so I figured it would be more French, my coworker says "JAY-miss." Googling has not revealed anything in support of one position or the other. Help us BF, you're our only hope.
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Old 04-24-12, 05:31 AM
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https://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/contact/faq.html

The faq says it's "jay mus".

I don't think Jamis is a Canadian company.
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Old 04-24-12, 05:31 AM
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Good Morning kookaburra

Native pennsylvanian here...our area pronounces it "YA-miss". I don't see my reply helping settle your dispute though...
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Old 04-24-12, 05:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Pendergast View Post
https://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/contact/faq.html

The faq says it's "jay mus".

I don't think Jamis is a Canadian company.
I wonder how I got it into my head that it was Canadian. I looked at their website again, I think I got the French-y sound from the "femme" line.
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Old 04-24-12, 05:36 AM
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Originally Posted by dougclyde View Post
Good Morning kookaburra

Native pennsylvanian here...our area pronounces it "YA-miss". I don't see my reply helping settle your dispute though...
I'm going to pronounce it "Ya-Meiz" from now on.

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Old 04-24-12, 05:52 AM
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Wonder what the origin of the company name is. Couldn't find anything with a quick google search. You'd think there would have been a mention of a Mr. or Ms. Jamis if it were started by someone named that. Some of the bike company names have amusing sources. Moots--name of founder's toy alligator. Gunnar--Richard Schwinn's dog. Ridley--named after movie director Ridley Scott.
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Old 04-24-12, 07:54 AM
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Jamis is really quite simple. When I did business with G. Joannou the female owners of Jamis which is in New Jersey, pronounced it jam-iss. Easy!
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Old 04-24-12, 08:43 AM
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So it's a short-a sound?
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Old 04-24-12, 09:20 AM
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Communication is degrading into a cloud of e-mails, tweets, text and IM's; correct spelling and pronunciation is way overrated (as is actual human contact). If we all had really fancy trainers we could group ride virtually.
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Old 04-24-12, 10:19 AM
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"zha-MEE," is your idea of the french version of Jamis?? Yeah, OK.

Canadian here, and personally, I pronounce it Jamis. The way it looks.
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Old 04-24-12, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by tatia View Post
Jamis is really quite simple. When I did business with G. Joannou the female owners of Jamis which is in New Jersey, pronounced it jam-iss. Easy!

Exactly!
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Old 04-24-12, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 View Post
I wonder how I got it into my head that it was Canadian. I looked at their website again, I think I got the French-y sound from the "femme" line.
Reminds me of when Giant first started selling bikes under their own name. Guy comes into the shop and says, "I'm looking for that new brand that just came out... think it's called Gee-Aunt."

So, I said, "Oh... you're looking for the Large brand?" "No, I think it's called Gee-Aunt, or Guy-Ant..."

"Ahhh, I said... You want the Humongous brand. I get it..." to which I told him the correct pronunciation.

The good old Continental spin on names...
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Old 04-24-12, 08:09 PM
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Don't try to church it up.
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Old 07-16-17, 07:13 PM
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Well the Jamis reps and other employees all say Jay-miss. How about the parent company ...G. Joannou... how you gonna say that?
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Old 07-16-17, 07:29 PM
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Ron Jamis ("JAY-miss") invented the Earth Cruiser and sold to G. Joannou ("jo-AHN-oo") in the late '80s.

Remember when the Saeco Cannondales were raced by the Italians and the bikes became known as ca-NON-da-LAYS?

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Old 07-19-17, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
"zha-MEE," is your idea of the french version of Jamis?? Yeah, OK.
I laughed at that as well. Everyone knows the French pronunciation would be Yom-Whee.
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Old 07-19-17, 07:08 PM
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Just give the company a call and listen to how they answer the phone.
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Old 07-19-17, 07:11 PM
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Just give the company a call and listen to how they answer the phone.
Or just watch one of their official videos and see what they say.
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Old 07-19-17, 07:40 PM
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Come to Japan where every western word is destroyed by being katakana-ized. "Donald Duck" becomes Donarudo Dak-ku". Here "Jamis" is pronounces "Jawmisu".

Shopping for Campagnolo parts is fun here. The bike shop industry has settled on the term "kampa".
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I own two...a Boss Cruiser for my wife, and a Jamis Quest Elite road bike. I've always pronounced it jay-miss


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I've always heard it pronounced Jay-miss, however, I'm from the Midwest.
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Originally Posted by Garilia View Post
I own two...a Boss Cruiser for my wife, and a Jamis Quest Elite road bike. I've always pronounced it jay-miss

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m2P5mxbsR8
At 2:50 he says Jay-miss
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At night before going to bed I get into my jamis.
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Originally Posted by tatia View Post
jamis is really quite simple. When i did business with g. Joannou the female owners of jamis which is in new jersey, pronounced it jam-iss. Easy!
+1
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Old 07-20-17, 04:12 PM
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I thought it was named for its founder, John Jacob Jamis.
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