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Postby earthfriendly » Fri, 14 Mar 2014 8:58 am

Eye Key Yah

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Postby Brah » Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:37 pm

eye-key-yah

Singaporean taxi drivers keep calling it "Icky-yah"

Heard the CEO interviewed and he was asked this question, he said there is no correct pronunciation.

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Postby Steve1960 » Mon, 17 Mar 2014 8:39 am

I call it ' :x f*$cked up *@!' after I realise once again that I didn't read the instruction manual properly and I have to dismantle the piece of furniture and start again

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Postby durain » Mon, 17 Mar 2014 7:38 pm

i call it ikea-la :D

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Postby kaseyma » Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:31 pm

proxymoron wrote:He stopped when I asked him how he pronounced "idea"

Just because they look alike does not mean they must sound alike.

e.g. rough, bough, though

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Postby Wd40 » Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:26 am

Ha, if Ikea pronunciation causes so much debate (IIRC, we already had a thread on this before) I wonder how much debate we should have for Carrefour. I believe depending on which country its in, its pronounced differently. Hence there is no reason why we must follow the Swedish pronunciation of Ikea. If I am speaking with a local or asian I would expect ee kay ya to used.

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Postby Wd40 » Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:29 am

kaseyma wrote:
proxymoron wrote:He stopped when I asked him how he pronounced "idea"

Just because they look alike does not mean they must sound alike.

e.g. rough, bough, though


+1. Idiot, Idea

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Postby rdueej » Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:18 am

Wd40 wrote:Ha, if Ikea pronunciation causes so much debate (IIRC, we already had a thread on this before) I wonder how much debate we should have for Carrefour. I believe depending on which country its in, its pronounced differently.


I do not think that Carrefour needs to have the same debate as IKEA.

Since IKEA is an acronym, the pronunciation is suspect. However, Carrefour is an actual word in the French language meaning crossroads or intersection. So following the French pronunciation would be considered correct for Carrefour.

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Postby x9200 » Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:26 am

Wd40 wrote:
kaseyma wrote:
proxymoron wrote:He stopped when I asked him how he pronounced "idea"

Just because they look alike does not mean they must sound alike.

e.g. rough, bough, though


+1. Idiot, Idea


There is some analogy and somebody used it as a guideline. The fact that there is no absolute regularity in pronunciation in a group of words does not mean that there is no such regularity in a sub-group.

Besides, if you won't stop calling kaseyma an idiot, we will have to ban you.

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Postby Wd40 » Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:31 am

Chill X9200, I didnt call Kaseyma an idiot. I was just highlighting how the pronunciation of idiot and idea are different.

Besides somebody else on this forum called me a pigeon, didn't you notice?

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Postby the lynx » Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:45 am

Haha to be honest, I first thought wd40 was calling someone an idiot, but I saw the comma and figured it was just an example.

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Postby x9200 » Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:42 pm

I think I have to be more careful as apparently my sense of humor does not really fit very well to some people's perception.

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Postby kaseyma » Tue, 25 Mar 2014 2:08 am

x9200 wrote:
Wd40 wrote:
kaseyma wrote:
proxymoron wrote:He stopped when I asked him how he pronounced "idea"

Just because they look alike does not mean they must sound alike.

e.g. rough, bough, though


+1. Idiot, Idea


There is some analogy and somebody used it as a guideline. The fact that there is no absolute regularity in pronunciation in a group of words does not mean that there is no such regularity in a sub-group.

Besides, if you won't stop calling kaseyma an idiot, we will have to ban you.

No offense taken.
He was merely adding another example, in this case pronunciation of an "i" preceding a "d."

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Postby proxymoron » Tue, 25 Mar 2014 8:36 am

Wd40 wrote:Chill X9200, I didnt call Kaseyma an idiot. I was just highlighting how the pronunciation of idiot and idea are different.

Besides somebody else on this forum called me a pigeon, didn't you notice?


yeah, you were calling me an idiot, and supporting what Kaseyman said. :P
Just kidding. I noticed the comma and no offense taken.

But it beats me... why would somebody call you a pigeon?
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Postby fujixe2JJ » Wed, 26 Mar 2014 3:54 pm

e - kia, i believe most singaporean will understand that


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