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Posted: 04 March 2019 08:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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venomousbede - 28 February 2019 08:30 AM

When I taught Japanese people I was surprised to learn that most had heard of Jaguar and that they pronounce it ‘jagger’. None had heard of Bentley, the Rolls-Royce of luxury British saloons.

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Posted: 04 March 2019 08:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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kurwamac - 02 March 2019 04:55 PM

I don’t remember ever hearing anything but a trisyllabic pronunciation when I was growing up in the States, though my memory may be faulty. It wouldn’t have been a word I’d have had much occasion to hear or use in any case.

My experience is exactly the opposite. The two-syllable pronunciation is almost 100% in my experience. I’ve occasionally heard the three-syllable one, but it’s vanishingly rare. (That’s for both the car and the cat.)

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Posted: 05 March 2019 07:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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I agree with Dave; I have never heard an American say “jag-yoo-ar.”

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Posted: 19 March 2019 10:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Same here.  ISTR hearing (and saying) it as “jag-wire” when I was a kid, but that may have been the rustic accent of where I grew up, or my own failure to fully distinguish the vowel of the second syllable.

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Posted: 19 March 2019 12:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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My experience is exactly the opposite. The two-syllable pronunciation is almost 100% in my experience. I’ve occasionally heard the three-syllable one, but it’s vanishingly rare. (That’s for both the car and the cat.)

even after these long years of British voices narrating the Jaguar commercials in the States. No one that I know of uses the three syllable version. Nor do we say “Nicaraguwah.”

I’m currently bingeing Endeavor and I just want to know to whom that beautiful classic Jaguar belongs to. The young Morse most often drives it even when Thursday rides along. I can’t imagine it belongs to the Nick. I’m just insane with envy.

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Posted: 19 March 2019 03:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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Dr. Techie - 19 March 2019 10:36 AM

Same here.  ISTR hearing (and saying) it as “jag-wire” when I was a kid, but that may have been the rustic accent of where I grew up, or my own failure to fully distinguish the vowel of the second syllable.

I had quite a few relatives who pronounced it that way when I was a kid. The oddest thing about it, to me, was that in our dialect the words tire, fire, and wire all rhymed with are and far.

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