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Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?
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Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

(OP)
Okay, so first off, sorry if this has been discussed before.

How do you guys pronounce chamfer? I say "sham-fer". However, my girlfriend, who is an architect, was taught "cham-fer".

I have limited French language skills, but from what I understand there are two sounds "CH" can make it French. "Sh", as in, "Champagne", and "K", as in "Can". So, to me at least, the only reasonable way to pronounce it is "sham-fer" or "cam-fer" (as in "camshaft"). Of course, I'm biased. smile

So how do you say it?

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Just please don't say "CHAMP-fer"!

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

As in "Champ fer 'da day!"?

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Agree with mgb. Sham-fer. Architects don't always get it right. They persist in pronouncing soffit "suffeat".

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

I say Cham-fer as in champion.

Or I say "the little corner cut-off thingy".

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Actually I do pronounce 'chamfer' with a 'p', but then I also pronounce 'closet' with an 'n' and 'album' with a second 'l', which totally drives my wife crazy, however, she pronounces 'Washington' with an 'r' so I consider us even winky smile

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

It's always been "sham-fer" for me. (I've never heard it pronounced with the hard "tch" as in "tcham-fer".)

@JohnRBaker:
I can understand most of your examples, but "closet" with an "n"?
Clonset? Closent?

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

'Closent', with an 'n'...

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

JohnRBaker - I've always insisted that if there can be silent letters there's nothing to stop the existence of invisible letters (symmetry and all that). Of course that state north of my home state of Oregon (Ory-gun) is pronounced with the invisible 'r' being fully present. My mom's family has been in the Oregon country, later Warshington, since 1836. My dad at least grew up there. And they both pronounce it Warshington. With that kind of history, how could I come to any other conclusion?

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

For me it has always been -- sham(x)fer (x = almost a hint of "p")

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

That would be "shampher"? I think that is what some of us meant by "sham-fer".

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Ch as in champion, choose, challenge, etc.

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Oh my goodness. I first heard that word from an engineer who pronounced it kamfer. I've always done the same... blush

Thank you mgb0002. You sent me to Webster's where I learned the truth. Of course, now I have 35 years of embarrassment upon which to dwell and rue**.

**The structure of this phrase exemplifies strict adherence to a particular grammar rule regarding prepositions at the end of sentences. Like Winston Churchill, that is a practice up with which I will not put. bigsmile

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

I pronounce it the same way as I pronounce 'Worcestershire' in Worcestershire Sauce. In other words, a random approximation of some portion of the letters that are there, along with some random ones not there.

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Champion for me. Let's not discuss the pronunciation of fillets until this one is settled.

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Or any word with a silent "p", as in "bath".

- Steve

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

sham-fa

The "r" not being explicitly pronounced.

- Steve

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

@Kenat - :roar

Chamfer? Cham(p) for me too. (I'm a Brit who's been around too many Americans for too many years.)

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

For KENAT, I've always pronounced it 'Loufburrow', but then I already know how to get there, having been several times.

And for davidbeach, while my wife was born in Michigan, she did grow-up in Warshington.

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

I'm from Texas, I just pronounce it CHAM-FER. As in "whut's that big red button over thare FER?"

So while I'm not in a position to defend my pronunciation, oy 'ave no idear why some blokes delete, substitute, or add extrar lettahs. :)

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

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Quit cutting corners. It's cham-fur.

Mike McCann
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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

"TenPenny, good luck then if you ever need to try and ask directions to Loughborough."

I'll just ask my good friend Cholmondeley to help me out...

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Loughborough isn't that far from Leicester.

- Steve

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

@TenPenny:

Would that be Cholmondeley Featherstonehaugh from Mousehole, or Cholmondeley St. John-Menzies from Youghall?

(Pronounced "Chumley Fanshaw from Mowzell" and "Chumley Sinjun-Mingus from Yawl" respectively)

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

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Loughborough isn't that far from Leicester.

And they produce some really great cheese winky smile

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

always pronounced it 'Loufburrow'

I have a colleague from that school... she never seemed amused when I called it "low-brow" (as in cro-mag), but "loogahbarooogah" occasionally got a smile.

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

That's somewhere between Puyallup and Oconomowoc, right?

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

I been to Puyallup.

Old George Carlin line:

Last name please?

Smith

Can you spell that for me?

Xghmtf -- but they're all silent.

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

There is a major road near my place called "Troughton Road". I always pronounced it "Trow-tun" (rhymes with "now"), but listening to the traffic reports on the radio, I also sometimes hear it called "Troff-tun" and "Troo-tun" Road. My first reaction was "What the?! That can't be right?!", but then I realised there are "trough" and "through" to use as precedents.

I guess unless the descendants of the original Mr Troughton come forward (I assume it was named after an early land-owner or explorer), we will never know!

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

I would pronounce that "Traw-tun", as I know a man named Broughton, and that's the way he says it.

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Without the traffic reports I would never know that Tulare County in California was pronounced 'too-larry'.

Terry
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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

How else would you pronounce Tulare? May be that I can't think of any other way because I was hearing it before I could have read it, but I just can't see any other way of parsing it. winky smile

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

If I were to see Tulare without hearing it, I would guess too-lare where lare rhymes with bare

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

I've always pronounced it with the "ch" as in champion. This is also the only pronunciation shown in my (American) dictionary. So there.

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

chamfer is a French word so at a guess, it would be the same as champagne, champignon, chamois i.e. sham fur

I've been saying luger bo ru gah for so long, I can't remember how I used to pronounce Loughborough: probably luff bruh

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

sham wow

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

"Pasta" is an Italian word, but the American pronunciation is nothing like the Italian pronunciation. Mind you, the same can be said for the word "Italian" too.

And "Mazda" - nothing like the Japanese pronunciation (won't find it in a dictionary though as it's a proper noun).

- Steve

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Rapala

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Mazda is the Persian version of Japanese Matsuda. It is just a sound translation from Persian to Japanese. Not everything Japanese is pronounced the same elsewhere. Toyota is still called Toyoda in Japan.

The Chinese and Japanese use a lot of sound translations (there may be a proper word for this but that is what I call it). Things that sound the same but have a different meaning. eg US (America) is called mei guo (pretty country). UK (England) is called ing guo (hero country). Russia is called er guo (goose or hungry country). Doesn't mean US is pretty or UK has lots of heroes or that everyone in Russia does the goose step or is always hungry but that is how the sounds go.

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Leicester in MA is Lester--figure that one out!!!

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

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Toyota is still called Toyoda in Japan.

Could simply be a way of showing respect for the founder of the company, Kiichiro Toyoda.

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

(OP)
But we should!

I'll start.

From the Gulf Coast. I say "sham-fer".

I'd say the survey is pretty accurate too, as I say pecan as "pick-AHN".

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

"CHAM-fur" - because nobody ever said it out loud before I'd read it and pronounced it that way in my head. Didn't even think about it being French, just (yet) another engineering term I had not heard of before.

Also, "FILL-it" - because that's how it was pronouned to me. I must confess that I thought my then-coworker was a bit of an idiot when he pronounced it "fil-A". It's not a chicken sandwich.

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Sham-fur, but I learned that word in 7th grade wood shop, and was taking French at the same time.

Re: Mazda. We once had a Japanese foreign exchange student stay with us for a summer as part of an English immersion program. One day while driving around, she saw a Mazda RX7 sports car on the road. She commented on how cute she thought it was and inquired as to the make. I was a little perplexed and explained that it was a Japanese brand "Mazda" (pronounced like in Mama, not with the first A sounding like a sheep bleat as the Canadians say it). She claimed to have never heard of it. When we got close enough for her to read the badge, she exclaimed "Oh, Mah-Zu-Dah!, yes this is a very popular car". I guess that even for languages that are mono-ethnic, there are still quirks.

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Mazda is ma tsu da pronounced correctly mat su da- Americanisation affects Japanese too so they say it Mazda- for them ma zu da.

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RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Mucho discussion, but nobody has explained the septic pronunciations of "pasta" or "italian" yet.

- Steve

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

You can't resist, can you, SG?

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

Tongue firmly in cheek. No crosses to bear.

My old boss was an Italian chap, working in Chicago. When asked what dressing he wanted on his salad, he'd wink at me and ask for eye-talian.

- Steve

RE: Chamfer - How do YOU pronounce it?

On the funny side, I first learned the word in an autocad class taught by an Asian instructor who pronounced it "CHAYME-FUH" ... so that's what I still hear in my head.

On the serious side, I RARELY hear it pronounced (in the US) as "shamfer".

But if you do, that's OK, I guess. And yes, it's probably the "correct" way to say it.

However, here's something to keep in mind ...

If you're dealing with contractors and/or plant managers, etc and you're going to discuss this with them ...
99.44% are going to say CHAM (as in champion).

If you say SHAM..., you're going to look like a putz.

Just like the word tournament - only a minority truly pronounce it correctly with the vast majority of Americans saying "turn-a-ment"

You can say it correctly if you'd like, just be prepared to be taken as a pompous egotistical arrogant know-it-all who thinks they're superior by using the technically correct pronunciation of the word - that is, when dealing with the end user.

In the office, to quote the 1980s poet and philosopher, Humpty Hump, "do whatcha like."

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