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Has Everyone Been Mispronouncing "Leica" All These Years?
Old 10-01-2014   #1
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Has Everyone Been Mispronouncing "Leica" All These Years?

Consider...

Leitz (pronounced "lee-tz" Camera =
= LEItz + CAmera =
= Leica

Therefore, Leica should be pronounced leeca (Leitz), not lieca and everyone has been mispronouncing this name since, like, forever...

My ruling?

The correct pronunciation is of Leica is LEEca, not LIE-ca, since it is a concatenation of the first letters of the name "Leitz" - pronounced with a long "e", and the word "camera". You are to effect this change immediately.
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You're only allowed to say Leica out loud if you can also pronounce eisenbahnknotenpunkthinundherschieber correctly..
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Not sure that's how Leitz is said in German?
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Writing about speaking, about phonetics while the word 'phonetics' doesn't even start with an 'f' is pretty senseless to me...

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I thought Leeca translated to RED DOT?
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Weird - Leica is pronounced Laica. I always pronounced it that way, just like in this German documentary. If you listen to the first 50 seconds, you will hear them say Leica (Laika) and Leitz Kamera (Laitz Kammera).

Why do you think Leitz is pronounced Leetz? That sounds more like the English city...
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This thread wins the first rimshot award in a long time. Thanks for the laugh.
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Dear Nick,

No.

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I've heard several people (including one who worked for Nikon in New York) - pronounce Nikon as Nee-kon. Always throws me. Addidas is also pronounced weird (Ah-De-Das).
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roll another one, just like the other one....
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roll another one, just like the other one....
As in boe-gaehrt, not boe-gahrt...

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Merciful heavens to Betsy (however you pronounce Betsy)! Based on recent events, I'd like to nominate my cousin as the worlds most sensitive person. I recently met a man with the first name "Navid"--pronounced Nuh-veed. Well, my cousin's name is "David". We've been calling him Day-vid" for over eighty years and he has been too sensitive of our feelings to correct us. Any other nominations?
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I thought Leeca translated to RED DOT?
They should really change the company name to that red dot and then state that in spoken language and whenever it is not possible to produce the correct symbol, "The Camera Formerly Known as Leica" should be used instead.

Last edited by Elektrojänis : 10-01-2014 at 06:44. Reason: Added "The" for sake of completeness.
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So expensive, so difficult to pronounce
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I didn't know what Leica has to be pronounced as Leitz
Leica is pronounced as "Like A"
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I've noticed there's a company LAICA, who sell home appliances and personal care products. These should be close relatives to another personal care company
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I've heard several people (including one who worked for Nikon in New York) - pronounce Nikon as Nee-kon. Always throws me. Addidas is also pronounced weird (Ah-De-Das).
To be fair, Nikon spells their own name as ニコン, so I suppose that's technically correct. But their horribly obnoxious TV spots pronounce it either "Nikkon" or Naikon".

Anyway. Moving on.
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A German immigrant here in NYC once corrected my E-NUN-C-A-tion of Leica (My version "Lie-Kaa). His version was more like "Lake-Ahh."

My girl, a PhD academic, states that I butcher the English language all the time, even though I have two graduate degrees. She really takes exception to my invented words that convey new meaning that is not in a dictionary.

At one point I state that I'm a person of color and it is my right to butcher the English language, and that inventing words with new meanings is part of immigrant culture (I'm first generation American, and my father was illiterate).

I even go so far as to say that correcting me is a form of oppression, and that I consider it rude and disrespectful when she corrects me. I also say that slang is culural as well as an art form. BTW I like jazz, but I understand others don't. LOL.

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Actually, Nick is right. I am German, I should know. Effective immediately (as of October 1st 2014) "ei" is always to be pronounced "ie" (as in Bruce Lee).

Don't laugh! This is not funny.
So: Meisenknödel, from now on: Miesenknödel.
Leitz is Lietz.
Leid is Lied.

And so on. Everybody get used to it. Also, as of next week, DUDEN will stop making the German letter "b". Better stock up while supply lasts! You heard it here first.

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I've heard several people (including one who worked for Nikon in New York) - pronounce Nikon as Nee-kon. Always throws me. Addidas is also pronounced weird (Ah-De-Das).
from the founders name Adi Dassler, not sure of spelling but pronounced as written.

how about the italian pronounciation: lay-i-ca? i like-a...):
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Actually, Nick is right. I am German, I should know. Effective immediately (as of October 1st 2014) "ei" is always to be pronounced "ie" (as in Bruce Lee).

Don't laugh! This is not funny.
So: Meisenknödel, from now on: Miesenknödel.
Leitz is Lietz.
Leid is Lied.

And so on. Everybody get used to it. Also, as of next week, DUDEN will stop making the German letter "b". Better stock up while supply lasts! You heard it here first.

Greetings, Ljós
Thanks for the great laugh.

You make it sound like day-trading commodities. I'll have to start my usual hoarding.

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Glad to know that we have always pronounced Nikon the right way in here in Denmark!

@ Ljós: So Leitz Weingut is now officially a beverage produced in Leeds, U.K:?
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It is. OP is high.
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Glad to know that we have always pronounced Nikon the right way in here in Denmark!

@ Ljós: So Leitz Weingut is now officially a beverage produced in Leeds, U.K:?
Lige precis! ;-)
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Not sure that's how Leitz is said in German?
"ei" is pronounced "eye" in German.

LEICA => L - eye- Kah
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Cal, you are a butcher alright, but I know you would only use the finest cutlery.

There is a fine American tradition of mangling Germanic derived names. Wieners and Weiners, and Siegels and Seigels all tend to use the same ie (ee) pronunciation.

Consider the politician with the name Boehner who calls himself 'Baynor'. Presumably that would have been spelt Böhner.
I doubt he would have made it through highschool with that name with his ego in tact enough to have the self confidence to go into politics.
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pronounce it like the poor doggy that went up in space in 1957: https://www.google.com.vn/search?q=l...eica+space+dog
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Consider...

Leitz (pronounced "lee-tz"...)

Uh, no. It's pronounced "la-i-tz", the beginning similar to Leica.


...nevermind. Germans: have at him.
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Cal, you are a butcher alright, but I know you would only use the finest cutlery.

There is a fine American tradition of mangling Germanic derived names. Wieners and Weiners, and Siegels and Seigels all tend to use the same ie (ee) pronunciation.

Consider the politician with the name Boehner who calls himself 'Baynor'. Presumably that would have been spelt Böhner.
I doubt he would have made it through highschool with that name with his ego in tact enough to have the self confidence to go into politics.
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Here is my clever solution to avoid wearing down my teeth, getting upset, and to avoid fighting... I buy extra-large knives which are too bulky and big for her to use. These "manly" knives remain deadly sharp because Maggie deems them too big for her.

By the way I call that politician "Bone-ERR."

Also know my name Calvin is kinda German, and my middle name is August, another German name.

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Uh, no. It's pronounced "la-i-tz", the beginning similar to Leica.


...nevermind. Germans: have at him.
correct! pronounciation of letters in German, unlike in English, is consistent, 'ei' always is pronounced this way, and 'ie' always is pronounced as a long 'e'
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This thread explains way some people think that Zeiss is written Ziess - to me it is a weird mistake but if you're used that ie and ei sond the same, it isn't. At least I learned something from this thread!
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I've heard several people (including one who worked for Nikon in New York) - pronounce Nikon as Nee-kon. Always throws me. Addidas is also pronounced weird (Ah-De-Das).
It's pronounced "Nee-kon" in Japan, and "Ni-kon" in the US... makes sense to me based on Japanese pronunciation.
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It's pronounced "Nee-kon" in Japan, and "Ni-kon" in the US... makes sense to me based on Japanese pronunciation.
and so it is in many languages, btw. including German, my mother tongue. Even must admit that the English N{ai}kon always has sounded a bit weird to me.
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