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Old 10-01-2010, 05:56 PM
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How do you pronounce 'garrote'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrote

Killing someone by strangling with piano wire or other rope-like object. I swear that I've heard it pronounced gair-oh-tay. Probably in a movie.

Dictionary.com claims that it's pronounced gah-rote or some such, and doesn't provide an alternate pronunciation. Wiktionary says the same. What say you?
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Old 10-01-2010, 05:58 PM
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gah-rote. I've heard the other pronunciation, and it just doesn't sound right to me.
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:02 PM
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I pronounce it "Hgggggkk*"
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:06 PM
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Guh rot

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Old 10-01-2010, 06:06 PM
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GA-rot.
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:07 PM
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I don't pronounce it like dictionary.com, I pronounce it like m-w.com :)

guh-rot rhymes with 'a lot'.
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:17 PM
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Like Carrot, but emphasise the 'ot' a bit more.

Ga-ROT
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:39 PM
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Gahr-RUT to rhyme with hair-RUT

ETA: and according to the nice man at Merriam-Webster, I am wrong.

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Old 10-01-2010, 06:43 PM
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Like Carrot, but emphasise the 'ot' a bit more.

Ga-ROT
Sort of like this, but with each syllable having an "r" to it. Gar-ROT ("gar" as in Gary, ftr, not Garth). I'm not surprised that the dictionary says one of the Rs is an "h" sound - you know us New Englanders, we only put in r noises when they don't belong there
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:43 PM
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Yes, "ga-ROT".

Isn't it spelt with two T's? That would invalidate the '-ote' pronunciations.

Hmm. I just checked my dictionary, and it says that both 'garrotte' and 'garrote' are valid spellings. As well as 'garotte'.

When we steal words from French, we have got to keep better notes.
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Old 10-01-2010, 09:14 PM
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When we steal words from French, we have got to keep better notes.
Yeah but that just leaves a paper trail that just will lead them to us when they're words start getting mispronounced by tourists.

And I've only heard ever heard and pronounced it myself as "guh-rote"

Guh rhyming with duh and rote rhyming with moat.

In other news, mono means one and rail means rail. And that concludes our extensive three week course.
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Old 10-01-2010, 09:50 PM
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In other news, mono means one...
So how'd I get mononucleosis, hrm?

(I'm in the gar-ROT crowd. No h required.




















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Old 10-01-2010, 10:05 PM
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guh ROT
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:06 PM
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I pronounce it like Mrs. Garrett, but with the accent on the end. So, like elfkin477.

As for needing to know it's borrowed from French: perhaps the spelling garrotte would be more obvious?
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:08 PM
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It doesn't matter how you prounounce it, so long as you can do it correctly.
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:11 PM
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When we steal words from French, we have got to keep better notes.
Yes, notes that say "We stole this word from Spanish."

(At least, according to my dictionary.)
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When we steal words from French, we have got to keep better notes.
Yes, notes that say "We stole this word from Spanish."

(At least, according to my dictionary.)
My dictionary says, "From Spanish via French". You think one mugger's gonna check up on where another mugger got the loot the first mugger just stole?
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:54 AM
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Care-rote
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:51 AM
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Add me to the "ger-OTT" rhyming with "hot"

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Old 10-02-2010, 12:12 PM
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I pronounce it "Hgggggkk*"
Same. It took a while for me to learn to correctly pronounce the asterisk. I saw the thread title and became, momentarily, nervous that I had been pronouncing it wrong all this time.
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:44 PM
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I swear that I've heard it pronounced gair-oh-tay. Probably in a movie.
This is the correct Spanish pronunciation, and also the way I pronounce it because I can't bring myself to pronounce it the American way. The two-syllable pronunciation is the more common American interpretation.
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:06 AM
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Guh-ROT. Any other way is just wrong. (Today I'm not in the mood for my usual 'regional variations are valid' opinion).

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I swear that I've heard it pronounced gair-oh-tay. Probably in a movie.
This is the correct Spanish pronunciation, and also the way I pronounce it because I can't bring myself to pronounce it the American way. The two-syllable pronunciation is the more common American interpretation.
It's not a Spanish word, though. It'd been used in English since at least Elizabethan times.
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Old 10-03-2010, 07:53 AM
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GA-rot.
This.
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:07 AM
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GA-rot.
This.
You two mean that you put the stress on the first syllable, so that it sounds similar to "garret" (an attic)?
I'm in the guh-ROT camp, and every dictionary I can find agrees with us.
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:54 AM
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war asusual, Guerre-rote.
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:57 AM
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I would say gah-rot. It looks as though it would rhyme with the French "Gavotte," which I know how to pronounce from years of classical music.
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:37 AM
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Guh-ROT. Any other way is just wrong. (Today I'm not in the mood for my usual 'regional variations are valid' opinion).

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This is the correct Spanish pronunciation, and also the way I pronounce it because I can't bring myself to pronounce it the American way. The two-syllable pronunciation is the more common American interpretation.
It's not a Spanish word, though. It'd been used in English since at least Elizabethan times.
Uh... yes it is.

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Origin of GARROTE:

Spanish garrote
First known use: 1622
Yeah it's been used in English for a while... but it's still a Spanish word.
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:47 AM
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All these conversations for all these many years - and do you know, the word has never once made it's way into any of them.

But thank you all - it's the kind of word that when you do need to use it, it seems to me that mispronouncing it would be particularly awkward.
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:12 AM
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Strange, it's a common word for me. I usually use it in the same context as the words 'Microsoft', 'HP', 'Oracle' or 'the fucking people who walk slowly in front of me'.
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:20 AM
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You don't have to use a word to be familiar with it. Films, TV, books etc.
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Old 10-06-2010, 12:50 AM
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ga-rot (very fast "a" sound) almost like "grot"
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