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Old 09-23-2006, 04:48 AM
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How do you pronounce "Snopes"?

The other night on the news, the talking head made a reference to Snopes, the urban legend debunking site. The odd thing was, she pronounced it, "Snow Peas". I had always imagined it rhymed with "Popes", though I have only seen it in print and never heard anyone pronounce it before.

What say you; "Snow Peas" or rhymes with "Popes"?
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Old 09-23-2006, 04:51 AM
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I've always said "Snopes" as in "Sneaky Dopes". Methinks she was just reading off a teleprompt and had a brain fart.
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Old 09-23-2006, 05:09 AM
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Snopes; like Slopes.
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Old 09-23-2006, 06:52 AM
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Sounds like she was maybe trying to impose a Spanish pronunciation on it. And a poor one at that.
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Old 09-23-2006, 08:03 AM
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It is pronounced Shar-Day
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Old 09-23-2006, 09:02 AM
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Snopes like "lemon".
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Old 09-23-2006, 09:14 AM
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The correct pronounciation is "Throat Warbler Mangrove".
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Old 09-23-2006, 09:46 AM
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Snopes is the family name of characters created by William Faulkner.
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Old 09-23-2006, 12:44 PM
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Snopes is the family name of characters created by William Faulkner.
Yeah? You ever hear Faulkner pronounce it??



I've always pronounced it as rhyming with popes. Like "snoops" but without the extra o.
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Old 09-23-2006, 12:51 PM
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What say you; "Snow Peas" or rhymes with "Popes"?
Neither. The way I say it, it rhymes with "ropes".
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Old 09-23-2006, 01:09 PM
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It rhymes with 'heliotropes'.
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Old 09-23-2006, 03:35 PM
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Neither. The way I say it, it rhymes with "ropes".
And Popes doesn't rhyme with ropes?

I pronounce it as rhyming with Popes, ropes, and dopes.
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Old 09-23-2006, 03:39 PM
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And Popes doesn't rhyme with ropes?

I pronounce it as rhyming with Popes, ropes, and dopes.
and Scopes.
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Old 09-23-2006, 03:41 PM
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Lopes, hopes, copes: Snopes.
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Old 09-23-2006, 03:56 PM
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Sounds like you're the victim of a local newscaster who doesn't bother to study her script beforehand. I used to work with someone who was notorious for mangling names and terms unknown to her. Alas, the only example I can recall at the moment is her take on the name of the computer chain CompUSA [that's kahmp-yew-es-ay]. She called them Compusa [kahm-'poo-suh].
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Old 09-23-2006, 04:24 PM
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Sounds like you're the victim of a local newscaster who doesn't bother to study her script beforehand. I used to work with someone who was notorious for mangling names and terms unknown to her. Alas, the only example I can recall at the moment is her take on the name of the computer chain CompUSA [that's kahmp-yew-es-ay]. She called them Compusa [kahm-'poo-suh].


I had a person do Tucson (Two-saun) into (Tuck-son).

FTR I say Snow-pss
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Old 09-23-2006, 05:17 PM
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I've always pronounced it as if it rhymed with "soaps".
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Old 09-23-2006, 10:54 PM
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Why am I suddenly hearing Chy Chy Rodrigueeez?

And I pronounce it to rhyme with copes. As the phonics rules say.
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Old 09-24-2006, 12:14 AM
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FTR I say Snow-pss
And on that note, the tip of the day is: Don't eat yellow snow.
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Old 09-24-2006, 12:54 AM
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And on that note, the tip of the day is: Don't eat yellow snow.
I can't see...oh woe is me...I can't see
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Old 09-24-2006, 01:49 AM
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I disagree with all the suggestions thus far. I say it rhymes with "gropes."
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Old 09-24-2006, 03:09 AM
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Sounds like you're the victim of a local newscaster who doesn't bother to study her script beforehand. I used to work with someone who was notorious for mangling names and terms unknown to her. Alas, the only example I can recall at the moment is her take on the name of the computer chain CompUSA [that's kahmp-yew-es-ay]. She called them Compusa [kahm-'poo-suh].
At least twice I've heard national newscasters refer to Jupiter's moon, Ten.

That would be Io. You can say EYE-oh, or you can say EE-oh, but even if it's written in all caps on the TelePrompTer, you can't say Ten.
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Old 09-24-2006, 07:17 AM
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Perhaps the newscaster was trying to panache (a new verb!) the pronunciation, like everyone does with Target (Tar-zhay).
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Old 09-24-2006, 08:42 AM
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I believe it is "Rio" by Duran Duran...



PS: Oscillo-snopes....
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Old 09-24-2006, 09:02 AM
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Perhaps the newscaster was trying to panache (a new verb!) the pronunciation, like everyone does with Target (Tar-zhay).
I have a friend who thought that Roget's thesaurus was pronounced Rog-it (where the ROG rhymes with HOG). I was very entertained.
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Old 09-24-2006, 04:01 PM
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At least twice I've heard national newscasters refer to Jupiter's moon, Ten.

That would be Io. You can say EYE-oh, or you can say EE-oh, but even if it's written in all caps on the TelePrompTer, you can't say Ten.
Which leads me to wonder if all of those jokes about "Malcom the Tenth" (for Malcom X) were really jokes. . . .


Oh. And I prefer one syllable, long o, for Snopes.

Just had a thought: could we really blame someone who pronounced it "Snoops"??
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Old 09-24-2006, 04:24 PM
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Yes. We could.
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Old 09-24-2006, 04:35 PM
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[total hijack]

We have a small town nearby with the name of Dykesville, pronounced, dikes-ville, like hikes-ville, long "I" for the first one.

The legend goes that onceuponatime a salesman notfromaroundhere was coming to town to propose the installation of something and wanted to have a town meeting to explain his plan to the citizens. One of the local town supervisors took him aside just before the meeting and warned him that the correct pronunciation of the town was dick-ees-ville. Since he didn't want to appear to to be an outsider, the salesman was quite grateful for the advice.

It was a long time later when he found out why he didn't get the contract and why the audience snickered whenever he said the town's name.

[/total hijack]
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Old 09-24-2006, 05:27 PM
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Which leads me to wonder if all of those jokes about "Malcom the Tenth" (for Malcom X) were really jokes. . . .
I really tried not to howl in derisive laughter when the clerk at Blockbuster rang up my DVD of Henry the Fifth -- "Henry Vee? What's that about, dude?"

Really I did.
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Old 09-25-2006, 05:04 AM
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It is pronounced Shar-Day
Snort!
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Old 09-25-2006, 05:14 AM
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Back in the days before Google, my dad's American colleague was talking this new search engine, "Ask Jay-ayves".
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:07 AM
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Ah, the old "Newscaster doesn't know how to pronounce 'Snopes' " story. That's been around a few times.
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:11 AM
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Remember folks, as with "popes", "ropes" and "gropes", the silent "q" in "Snopes" is usually ommited (similar to "fox").
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Old 09-25-2006, 09:46 AM
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Ah, the old "Newscaster doesn't know how to pronounce 'Snopes' " story. That's been around a few times.
Linky no work. Is that the point?
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Old 09-25-2006, 10:02 AM
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Linky no work. Is that the point?
Malacandra was making a very clever joke. The important part was that you saw the URL in your status bar, not that the page actually worked.
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