How do you pronounce "gay"?

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    Nov 25, 2010 11:38 PM GMT
    I don't know IPA so bear with me:
    http://www.forvo.com/word/gay/

    I do it the British English way, but I've heard plenty of people use the Irish way (geh) or Australian (gaay). My lower jaw is midway between all the way pulled back towards the ears and all the way towards your neck.
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    Nov 25, 2010 11:59 PM GMT
    I use a more Caribbean realisation of the vowel.. essentially an extended short "i" ... kind of like an Irish "geh", .... but rounded off with a diphthong due to American influence, so with a "y" at the end...
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    Nov 26, 2010 12:00 AM GMT
    I do know IPA and quite a bit about speech anatomy.

    -i hate speech but work hand in hand with lots of speech pathologists.

    /g/- pretty standard across languages/dialects

    however vowels differ so much. This depends on pharyngeal structures, but it also can have some dealings with pressure too. Vowels produce formants. That's how are brains distinguish them.

    If you look at vowels across regional areas they differ so much that there's really no right or wrong way to say them.

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    Nov 26, 2010 12:06 AM GMT
    I've heard every vowel used:
    ge (with a long e showing the most teeth at the end)
    geh
    gaaay
    gaye (the teeth comes at the end but not the beginning)
    guh (with no teeth showing and a rounded mouth)

    Is it me or the more teeth you show at the end the "gayer" the pronunciation is? Viz this straight Ohioan:

    He uses the short "geh" which doesn't make it very "gay." icon_lol.gif
  • masculumpedes

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    Nov 26, 2010 12:15 AM GMT
    I say it with the country-hick drawl from the hills of Tennessee icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 26, 2010 12:56 AM GMT
    I submitted my pronunciation: its under "yobreakfast"

    http://nl.forvo.com/word/gay/

    It actually appraoches an english diphthongal "ghee"

    With a more drawn-out caribbean drawl to it
  • mindblank

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    Nov 26, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    amar_m saidI use a more Caribbean realisation of the vowel.. essentially an extended short "i" ... kind of like an Irish "geh", .... but rounded off with a diphthong due to American influence, so with a "y" at the end...


    The Irish pronounce gay the same as Americans, except a few country Irish accents. The Jamaican/Scottish pronunciation is a better descriptor...of the flat pronunciation, monophthong...
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    Nov 26, 2010 3:39 AM GMT
    ...and then there's the way Margaret Cho's mother says it. icon_lol.gif

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    Nov 26, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
    I say homo.
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    Nov 26, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
    men in love- thanks for posting that margaret cho video!!
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    Nov 26, 2010 5:58 AM GMT
    H-O-M-O-S-E-X-U-A-L-L-L!!!!!!!!
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    Nov 26, 2010 7:44 AM GMT
    I say it the correct way that doesnt hurt everybody else's ears.
  • Webster666

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    Nov 26, 2010 7:49 AM GMT
    Brits sound like they're saying, "gah-ee."
    Aussies sound like they're saying, "guy."
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    Nov 26, 2010 7:54 AM GMT
    Usually with three esses. Can't pass up a good lisp!
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    Nov 26, 2010 9:39 AM GMT
    I pronounce it in a really hi-pitched voice, with a little catch in the middle, like this:

    "Ga-aaay!"

    Whilst rocking my head from side to side and snapping my fingers.
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    Nov 26, 2010 10:03 AM GMT


    How do you say Geh!

    I'm Irish and I say Geye probably

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    Nov 26, 2010 10:07 AM GMT
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    Nov 26, 2010 1:40 PM GMT
    I say it like the UK male and the US male.
    I detect an hint of Irish in the video of the soldier from Ohio...which, BTW, is usually pronounced "Ohi-uh" by locals.



    So, how do YOU Pronounce 'oil'.
    Like it's spelled or like the thing that pokes a hole in leather: 'awl'.icon_wink.gif


    http://www.forvo.com/word/oil#en
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    Nov 26, 2010 2:16 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite saidSo, how do YOU Pronounce 'oil'.
    Like it's spelled or like the thing that pokes a hole in leather: 'awl'.icon_wink.gif

    Well, if you come from northern New Jersey like me, a few miles from NYC, you make many 1-syllable words into 2 syllables. So that oil become oy-yul.

    Along with many double-O words:

    school = skoo-wul
    pool = poo-wul
    cool = coo-wul
    tool = too-wul

    And so on, meaning I can identify a fellow Neu Jehrsian in an instant. (No, it's not Joy-zee)
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    Nov 26, 2010 2:30 PM GMT
    schwul - "shvool"
  • mindblank

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    Dec 09, 2010 9:09 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidBrits sound like they're saying, "gah-ee."
    Aussies sound like they're saying, "guy."


    Americans, English AND Australian people pronounce it like they're saying "gi-ee" or "ge-ee" lol.
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    Dec 09, 2010 11:24 PM GMT
    Is this a question similar to the commercial "How do you spell relief"?
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    Dec 09, 2010 11:41 PM GMT
    I guess the Brazilian way...? icon_rolleyes.gif