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Old 04-01-2010, 04:42 PM
joebuck20 joebuck20 is offline
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Guy Fieri - How do you pronounce his name?

It looks like Fi-eri but I can swear he pronounces it Fietti. So which is it?
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Old 04-01-2010, 04:50 PM
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I think the "t" sound is him sort of rolling the "r".
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Old 04-01-2010, 04:55 PM
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Kenobi's got it. There is a "tapped" or "rolled" R in Italian, which to some people can sound like an English D or T sound. Fieri apparently has tried to replace the Italian R with an English D or T when he says his name.

It can go the other way around too. I've heard Italian Americans pronouncing "Madonna" in a manner that kind of sounds like "Maron."
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Old 04-01-2010, 04:58 PM
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If you want to best approximate it, visualize yourself saying Fee-eddy. The tap or flap is identical, or at least pretty darn close, to the sound Americans use for the middle consonant in ladder, latter, water, rudder, fatter, etc.
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Old 04-01-2010, 05:47 PM
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In private conversation, you could just go with "Ferry," the last name he was born with.
I can totally understand why he changed it, though.
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Old 04-01-2010, 05:48 PM
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Does anyone know why he changed his last name?
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Old 04-01-2010, 06:47 PM
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Does anyone know why he changed his last name?
Because the name Fieri is on point!

I think I just threw up a little in my mouth. Seriously, it's a more 'interesting' name. Folks change their names all the time when they want to establish a public image, and Fieri was doing that even before he got on Food Network.
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:27 AM
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Because the name Fieri is on point!

I think I just threw up a little in my mouth. Seriously, it's a more 'interesting' name. Folks change their names all the time when they want to establish a public image, and Fieri was doing that even before he got on Food Network.
I believe the official story is that he changed it to honor his Italian grandfather. Though, I would guess the fact that he didn't want to be referred to as "that Ferry guy," probably had a lot to do with it as well.
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