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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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I've always said "coowahr", based on one year of college French.

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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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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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