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Phonetic for Q

Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by N2SUB, Mar 28, 2018.

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How do you pronounce the phonetic for the letter Q

  1. kay-Bec

    11 vote(s)
    17.7%
  2. Kwee-bec

    12 vote(s)
    19.4%
  3. ka-BEC

    14 vote(s)
    22.6%
  4. kwa-BEC

    25 vote(s)
    40.3%
  5. Queen

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Did you actually read the poll questions?

    It comes down to HOW TO PRONOUNCE QUEBEC. Different nationalities and regions say it very differently

    Some think "Queen" resolves the problem. I don't agree.

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  2. N2SUB

    N2SUB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Right.....how do you pronounce "Quebec". Evidently there's a difference of opinion. LOL
     
  3. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    I can only imagine the phonetic arguments for the letter "A" if it was officially the word Aluminum :)

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  4. N2SUB

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    I just snorted moonshine. Well played.
     
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  5. KQ4MM

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    @W7UUU I have a English mother in-law and we have debated the pronunciation of aluminum several times, its usually my way of defusing a more serious debate before feelings get hurt...

    @N2SUB ... that had to hurt man ...
     
  6. N2SUB

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    I was about half way through the jar, so it only hurt a little. ;)
     
  7. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ask Alexis.
     
  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    The improper pronunciation by Americans is due to a typo error in Webster's dictionary back in the 1890s when the metal was first being produced commercially. Almost all the metals in the periodic table end with the sound "eee-yum" - titanium, Americium, plutonium, lithium, magnesium, etc. etc. Aluminium was no different until a transcription error in a news report dropped the letter "i" and gave America the word "aluminum"

    So the Brits have it correctly - the Americans do not. In fact, in 1990, the official body that controls such things changed the name to the proper Aluminium that it should have always been. But obviously that will never change in America.

    It's a true story!! Feel free to look it up.

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  9. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Some letters need no phonetic to be understood.

    Q is one of them.

    Especially when UR 59
     
  10. AG6QR

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    When not using phonetics, I've had my call misheard as ending in UR instead of QR.

    But far more common is to get my prefix as KG instead of AG.

    Phonetics fix all of that.
     
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