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#1074185 - 06/30/12 12:58 PM Couloir
B Deleted_Beck Offline
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Registered: 01/03/11
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I've been tempted to post this cheesy question for a long time.. but now that I'm catching myself pronouncing it different ways, I gotta know...

How the crap do you pronounce "couloir?"

I think the French pronunciation is "coolyahwah," but aside from Frenchies, I've never heard anyone go there. I've personally been using and mostly hearing "coo'wer" for as long as I can remember, occasionally hearing people use "kewlar" or "coolar"... sometimes you run into somebody on the mountain who uses "culwer," "coyler" or "kewleer"

Seems more people I'm talking to are going with "coolar," and I've caught myself using that'n lately, which, for some reason, I find embarrassing.

Is it just a regional thing? I'd like to see if there's a local consensus here on the local climbing board... how do YOU pronounce it?

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#1074190 - 06/30/12 01:57 PM Re: Couloir [Re: B Deleted_Beck]
cam yarder Offline

Registered: 05/02/11
Posts: 79
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Loc: gallatin valley|en|couloir

click on "listen"

#1074194 - 06/30/12 02:13 PM Re: Couloir [Re: B Deleted_Beck]
alpine et Offline

Registered: 06/27/11
Posts: 212
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Loc: Maple Leaf
hmmm man the weather has been bad, eh?

#1074195 - 06/30/12 02:16 PM Re: Couloir [Re: B Deleted_Beck]
DPS Offline

Registered: 10/13/00
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I've always said "coowahr", based on one year of college French.
Dispensing piss poor advice for since October, 2000.

#1074203 - 06/30/12 03:10 PM Re: Couloir [Re: B Deleted_Beck]
kurthicks Offline

Registered: 04/22/03
Posts: 2536
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Loc: Seattle
I pronounce it "hallway," "passageway," or sometimes "corridor."

#1074229 - 06/30/12 08:35 PM Re: Couloir [Re: kurthicks]
chirp Offline

Registered: 11/16/02
Posts: 1823
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Loc: East Side Baby!
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment"
-Will Rogers

#1074231 - 06/30/12 09:07 PM Re: Couloir [Re: B Deleted_Beck]
Skeezix Offline

Registered: 04/22/04
Posts: 1266
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Loc: Port Angeles
I pronounce it "couloir."
He is richest whose needs are least.

#1074236 - 06/30/12 09:54 PM Re: Couloir [Re: cam yarder]
Matt Kidd Offline

Registered: 09/26/07
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Loc: Vancouver BC
Originally Posted By: cam yarder|en|couloir

click on "listen"

That works well if it is set on French. Not so much for English. smile

#1074251 - 07/01/12 08:33 AM Re: Couloir [Re: Matt Kidd]
Couloir Offline

Registered: 10/22/04
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Loc: Portland
I have no idea. brew

#1074267 - 07/01/12 11:18 AM Re: Couloir [Re: B Deleted_Beck]
Buckaroo Offline

Registered: 08/15/02
Posts: 1569
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Loc: forced bivy
I'm from Texass, it's pronounced cowl-ore (keeping your teeth closed together).

But in WA state it's coo-lar

another one that pisses me off is "neve"

really confusing is the names

how about Wanda Rutkiewicz

or Kangchenjunga, even if you can pronounce it, try to say it 3 times fast.
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#1074269 - 07/01/12 12:11 PM Re: Couloir [Re: B Deleted_Beck]
Damo Offline

Registered: 12/20/11
Posts: 8
TRs: 0 Photos: 0
Loc: Far South
Jokes aside, it's 'cool-wah'.

Emphasis is evenly spread on each syllable, with more/less emphasis on either syllable the only real variation. You pronounce the 'l'.


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