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Qatar...Robin Again...

Discussion in 'Howard Stern' started by imott, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. imott Full Member

  2. LessMoonbeams Full Member


    Cutter ..............she painstakingly researched it :smiles_laughing:
  3. bemaniac Full Member

    There was me thinking Cutter was the new American way of saying it. We just say Kwat-ar in Britain
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  5. RangersFan Full Member

    it's actually 'gutter'.
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  6. nearly.normal Full Member

    How Do You Pronounce "Qatar"?

    By Brendan Koerner|Posted Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at 7:27 PM ET

    Should the looming invasion of Iraq come to pass, air bases located in the tiny Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar will be vital to the U.S. military's plans. What is the correct pronunciation of "Qatar"?

    The most accurate English estimate is something halfway between "cutter" and "gutter." It's not "KUH-tar," the pronunciation that has become the standard among TV newscasters.

    The Arabic language—particularly the colloquial dialect common in the Arabian Peninsula—features several sounds that are completely alien to native English speakers, beginning with the initial consonant in "Qatar." The "q" makes for a hard "k" sound but one with its origins deep within the throat—a poor English equivalent is the "c" in "cough." The word's first vowel sound is similar to "aw," as in "Aw, shucks!" but not nearly as heavy on the "w."

    The middle "t" is perhaps the trickiest part. It is known as a velarized consonant, which means the back of the tongue must be pressed against the mouth's roof to achieve the requisite effect. The result is somewhat similar to the double "t" in "butter" but a lot more guttural. Native English speakers must train very hard to learn this trick, as our impulse when making a "t" sound is to push up the tongue's tip, rather than its aft section.

    The terminal "ar" is nearly overpowered by this strong velarized consonant. If anything, it is supposed to sound like a little rumble escaping the epiglottis.
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  7. LessMoonbeams Full Member


    Even when she's right she's wrong :cutenurse:
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  8. LessMoonbeams Full Member


    The playas change the game stays the same
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  9. Lord VonGorgonstein Full Member

    She's like Geoege Takei, she finds the most obscure way to pronounce something and tries to sound more cultured than everyone else.
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  10. macheson Full Member

    clockwork orange....old man beggar...gets the shit beat out of him.
  11. crackfinger Full Member

    Pronouncing a word correctly, regardless of whether there is a popular mispronunciation, is something any reasonably intelligent person should do. If a lot of people pronounce "chipotle" as 'chipoltay,' or "nuclear" as 'nucular,' only an idiot would deliberately mispronounce them to fit in with with all the other idiots.
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  12. Lord VonGorgonstein Full Member

    This is different than your examples though. It's not wrong to pronounce Qatar the way most people do. It's the same as George and how he pronounces guacamole "Walkamole". It's not wrong, but it's fucking obscure and you sound like a pompous asshole saying it.
  13. LessMoonbeams Full Member


    words change pronunciations change through the
    years ..elision and mutations
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  14. WillowGlen Full Member

    and pretentions
  15. LessMoonbeams Full Member


    you should know
  16. beetle lover Full Member

    My kryptonite is "mischiev-EE-ous"...I go nuts when "supposably" (snuck another one in there!) intelligent people say that. Can you imagine our language in 20 years???
  17. LessMoonbeams Full Member

  18. beetle lover Full Member

    I'm going with the way it's spelled, all due respect. Otherwise we could pronounce any word any way we like, and we'd be ... Robin and Howard :)
  19. LessMoonbeams Full Member


    it's still a free country go where ya wanna go
    do what ya wanna do, say what ya wanna say
  20. IlTruth Full Member

    My pockets are full of Qatar so there's no real need to tolchock some old vech in an alley and viddi him swimming in his own red, red krovy.

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