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Offline CatalinaWOW

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Re: Funny Company Names....
« Reply #325 on: May 31, 2021, 03:53:02 am »
A sushi bar near me named "Yuki Sushi".  Obviously correctly pronounced you-key, but another pronunciation is obvious.  One of those failures to cross language barriers like the Chevy Nova.
 

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Re: Funny Company Names....
« Reply #326 on: May 31, 2021, 06:43:48 am »
A sushi bar near me named "Yuki Sushi".  Obviously correctly pronounced you-key, but another pronunciation is obvious.  One of those failures to cross language barriers like the Chevy Nova.

Yuki means snow. It is also sometimes a nickname for girls called Yukari. But it is pronounced Yuki, not you-key.

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« Reply #327 on: May 31, 2021, 08:13:27 am »
There was a "sole trader" in Perth called "Long Hung"----fortunate chap!
He wasn't as fortunate as the car mechanic, "Mr Tripenis", however.

Getting away from vulgarity, there was the other chap,"HamHing"--- I often wordered what his hobby was!

Not a company name but funny nonetheless ----the bloke whose phone book entry was "A.Slob". ;D
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Re: Funny Company Names....
« Reply #328 on: May 31, 2021, 08:24:23 am »
A sushi bar near me named "Yuki Sushi".  Obviously correctly pronounced you-key, but another pronunciation is obvious.  One of those failures to cross language barriers like the Chevy Nova.

Yuki means snow. It is also sometimes a nickname for girls called Yukari. But it is pronounced Yuki, not you-key.

McBryce.

So how does one pronounce Yuki correctly?  I can puzzle out phonetic markings or use crude representations like I did.

For an American speaker of English yuckee is a likely pronunciation,  and is less appealing than snow as a food descriptor.
 

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Re: Funny Company Names....
« Reply #329 on: May 31, 2021, 09:45:33 am »
Yes, it's more or less pronounced like a child would describe food they don't like: Yukky!

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« Reply #330 on: May 31, 2021, 11:26:24 am »
Not a company name but funny nonetheless ----the bloke whose phone book entry was "A.Slob". ;D
Mr Harold Albert Ha's phone book entry?
 

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« Reply #331 on: May 31, 2021, 01:23:54 pm »

 

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« Reply #332 on: June 07, 2021, 03:16:53 am »
BEAVER LIQUORS !!!
How about 'BRUNETTE LIQUORS' !
...My (favorite) brother-in-law requested I send him a coffee cup just like mine.
'Brunette Liquors', Hayward California (printed on the plastic coffee cup.)
 

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« Reply #333 on: June 07, 2021, 04:29:18 am »
BEAVER LIQUORS !!!
How about 'BRUNETTE LIQUORS' !
...My (favorite) brother-in-law requested I send him a coffee cup just like mine.
'Brunette Liquors', Hayward California (printed on the plastic coffee cup.)

I recall reading telegrams at a wedding. One conveyed best wishes from the 'lick-her' association.

Oh my.
 

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« Reply #334 on: June 08, 2021, 03:05:45 am »
A sushi bar near me named "Yuki Sushi".  Obviously correctly pronounced you-key, but another pronunciation is obvious.  One of those failures to cross language barriers like the Chevy Nova.

We have one of those here in central Flori-DUH.
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« Reply #335 on: June 09, 2021, 03:52:26 am »
The SMELLY DELI was pretty cute / PG rated
 

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« Reply #336 on: June 18, 2021, 11:45:07 pm »
? Can we open subject, to further include names, of people in some work capacity?...

  How about 'Mrs. Due': Longtime Attendant for local library.
  Also, I got 'Catherine Sheets': 3-star Hotel Manager of...you guessed it: housekeeping staff.
   God, I'm seeing wacky names all over the place, now.)thanks, Ed)
 
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« Reply #337 on: June 19, 2021, 12:05:14 am »
My friend moved to Germany (Heidelberg) and bought his car from here:
https://www.bmw-cuntz.de/de/home/#
 

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« Reply #338 on: June 19, 2021, 12:43:07 am »
https://www.blmworld.com/
I came across this one lately, and it would not have caught my attention if it weren't for recent events.
 

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« Reply #339 on: June 19, 2021, 02:34:31 am »
My friend moved to Germany (Heidelberg) and bought his car from here:
https://www.bmw-cuntz.de/de/home/#

I think their whole extended family is in this line of business.
I bought a car from one of them.
 

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« Reply #340 on: June 30, 2021, 02:04:52 am »
 

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« Reply #341 on: July 01, 2021, 07:44:31 pm »
Logan's Heroes
https://www.logansheroes.net/
Sandwich shop I saw driving through Utah back in the day.  I bet most people don't even get the joke anymore.
 

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« Reply #342 on: July 01, 2021, 09:41:33 pm »
Logan's Heroes
https://www.logansheroes.net/
Sandwich shop I saw driving through Utah back in the day.  I bet most people don't even get the joke anymore.

I know nuffing.
 

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« Reply #343 on: July 01, 2021, 10:36:24 pm »
Logan's Heroes
https://www.logansheroes.net/
Sandwich shop I saw driving through Utah back in the day.  I bet most people don't even get the joke anymore.
Our family is currently watching that show twice a week. We are up to season 2 episode 9.
 

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Re: Funny Company Names....
« Reply #344 on: July 02, 2021, 01:18:48 pm »
Quote from: CatalinaWOW on 2021-05-31, 09:24:23
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So how does one pronounce Yuki correctly?  I can puzzle out phonetic markings or use crude representations like I did.
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As McBryce wrote, this "yuki" would probably mean snow, Hiragana spelling ゆき, Kanji 雪, IPA [jɯki].
The Japanese sound system is way more streamlined than that of English or German. The resulting "crispness" makes spoken Japanese quite easy to understand, even if you take local dialects into account.

The "Yukky" used by McBryce in his last post is a bit problematic, since it introduces a glottal stop before the ki-mora and shifts the [ɯ] towards [ʌ], and is therefore quite far from the original pronunciation.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA/Japanese
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_phonology

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_language#Vowels
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vowel_diagram
Edit: had to correct my brackets... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet#Brackets_and_transcription_delimiters

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Re: Funny Company Names....
« Reply #345 on: July 02, 2021, 01:31:46 pm »
Quote from: CatalinaWOW on 2021-05-31, 09:24:23
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So how does one pronounce Yuki correctly?  I can puzzle out phonetic markings or use crude representations like I did.
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As McBryce wrote, this "yuki" would probably mean snow, Hiragana spelling ゆき, Kanji 雪, IPA [jɯki].
The Japanese sound system is way more streamlined than that of English or German. The resulting "crispness" makes spoken Japanese quite easy to understand, even if you take local dialects into account.

The "Yukky" used by McBryce in his last post is a bit problematic, since it introduces a glottal stop before the ki-mora and shifts the [ɯ] towards [ʌ], and is therefore quite far from the original pronunciation.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA/Japanese
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_phonology

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_language#Vowels
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vowel_diagram
Edit: had to correct my brackets... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet#Brackets_and_transcription_delimiters

I think the problem is that you are pronouncing "Yukky" as it would be pronounced in German, whereas it has a commonly known pronunciation in English (the word small children use to describe something that doesn't taste good), which is the pronunciation I was trying to convey.

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Re: Funny Company Names....
« Reply #346 on: July 02, 2021, 02:37:56 pm »
McBryce, help me out and put that "yukky" of yours in IPA, please.
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Re: Funny Company Names....
« Reply #347 on: July 02, 2021, 02:43:53 pm »
I think the problem is that you are pronouncing "Yukky" as it would be pronounced in German, whereas it has a commonly known pronunciation in English (the word small children use to describe something that doesn't taste good), which is the pronunciation I was trying to convey.

No, it's quite the opposite. If you speak "yukky" it as it would be pronounced in English, you get the Japanese pronounciaton wrong. If you pronounce the "u" the German way, you get much closer.

harerod has provided the phonetic alphabet (IPA) transcription for the vowel you want. Please see (and hear) here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close_back_unrounded_vowel
 

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« Reply #348 on: July 02, 2021, 03:25:37 pm »
In the "Hepburn romaji" transliteration of Japanese into the Roman alphabet, the rules for vowels are often stated:  "pronounce all vowels as in Italian".  (It would be a horrible specification to pronounce all vowels as in English.)  Before understanding that, I once asked for a can of "Calpis", a dairy-flavored soft drink, pronouncing "a" as in apple and "i" as in "idiot", and the Japanese store clerk could not understand me.  I had much better luck with "a" and "i" as in "pizza".
 

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Re: Funny Company Names....
« Reply #349 on: July 02, 2021, 04:56:34 pm »
I think the problem is that you are pronouncing "Yukky" as it would be pronounced in German, whereas it has a commonly known pronunciation in English (the word small children use to describe something that doesn't taste good), which is the pronunciation I was trying to convey.

No, it's quite the opposite. If you speak "yukky" it as it would be pronounced in English, you get the Japanese pronounciaton wrong. If you pronounce the "u" the German way, you get much closer.

harerod has provided the phonetic alphabet (IPA) transcription for the vowel you want. Please see (and hear) here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close_back_unrounded_vowel

Ok, then the problem is my (non)-english accent. I come from Dublin, where "u" is pronounced exactly the same as it is in German. I know the British "u" sounds completely different. So "but" in British english sounds more like "bat", but in Dublin is has the "u" sound as it would in German.

As for IPA* and other phonetic descriptive formats, I have never understood them! :D

McBryce.

* IPA for me is Polypropylene :D
 


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