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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2014, 11:14:33 pm »
Just as a matter of opinion: I believe correctly it is pronounced Concour but we tend to 'fix' it by anglicizing it so we pronounce the 's'.  We borrow words from other languages but tend to 'English' them up by pronouncing them differently. After a while, that is accepted as one of the pronunciations.

To that I will just say "rendezvous"
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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #31 on: February 12, 2014, 04:06:24 am »
Ha...you think you got it tough.

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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #32 on: February 12, 2014, 04:08:57 am »
I'm more of a Gootsee person...
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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #33 on: February 12, 2014, 06:17:42 am »
Yep, that is why I said 'tend', not 'do'.

Some French words we use exactly as the French do- debris (like this thread) comes to mind.

And never forget, the "e" in 'douche' is silent.  ;)

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To that I will just say "rendezvous"
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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #34 on: February 12, 2014, 06:39:51 am »


If you still don't believe history, dictionaries, tradition, and other language rules, then just go by the only three official, Kawasaki-produced videos where the word Concours is uttered:

2010 Kawasaki Concours™ 14 - Official Preview
Kawasaki Concours14 2008
2008 Kawasaki Concours14 Movie


You're welcome for that.   ;)
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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #35 on: February 12, 2014, 08:02:49 am »
Does it really matter how one word is pronounced when almost no one can speak, or write properly in English?   I will include myself as well.  I don't claim to be an expert, but some posts are really terrible! 
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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #36 on: February 12, 2014, 08:14:44 am »
Is that a result of a texting society or failure to use an education?
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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #37 on: February 12, 2014, 08:16:18 am »
My unscientific survey shows that the following words are more often than not mispronounced:

- Realtor, most often pronounced as Real-a-tor (I have never understood where folks get that extra syllable).
- Moot, most often mispronouned as Mute, rhyming with butte.

Or maybe this is just a southern thing? In any event, I call my bike a C14. It's easier to say and to type.
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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #38 on: February 12, 2014, 08:24:56 am »
How far south does a thing have to be to be called a southern thing?
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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #39 on: February 12, 2014, 08:34:23 am »
Is that a result of a texting society or failure to use an education?

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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #40 on: February 12, 2014, 08:38:19 am »
Connie. Takes all the stress out of it. ;D
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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #41 on: February 12, 2014, 08:41:32 am »
I don't know/care what is the correct way to say it. I say it pronouncing the "s". EOS

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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #42 on: February 12, 2014, 08:50:32 am »
I studied German for a few years and lived there for a short while.  I like their system.  You pronounce all the letters in the word.  If you don't use them, why are they on there?  Good old German efficiency.  So I say it with the s, but mostly call it a Connie. 

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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #43 on: February 12, 2014, 09:08:43 am »
I say concours.  :) 


Anyone that calls it a concour is an idiot and wears an ascot and has a silk hanky folded into a triangle in their chest pocket...  :)


Better yet, just call it a ZG.  ;) ;D :chugbeer:


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Re: 'Concours' or 'Concour'
« Reply #44 on: February 12, 2014, 09:17:05 am »
Yep, a lot of good things / ideas from that land. Like the way they have 24 hours in a day instead of two twelve hour groups. They also use the concept of 'Calender week' for dates instead of month / day a lot of the time. All of their calendars have a small KW at the start of the left row- instead of saying Wed., 18 March for example, they would state Wed. KW 22 (or whatever week that happens to be in the year). Slick system.

And by the way, even though a lot of native English speakers do not know it, English is a Germanic language. So is Dutch. A very different language group from, say, the Romance languages such as French, Italian, Spanish, etc. English grammar and structure aligns very well with German as opposed to the Romance languages.

Now, back on topic: if the Germans built a Concours, it would be pronounced "BMW" and boy- howdy would they have some trouble with BePass!

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I studied German for a few years and lived there for a short while.  I like their system.  You pronounce all the letters in the word.  If you don't use them, why are they on there?  Good old German efficiency.  So I say it with the s, but mostly call it a Connie.
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