SIG-Sauer..how do you pronounce it?


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Carbon_15
February 18, 2003, 12:51 AM
I have always pronounced it kinda like sour with southern drawl added..just like its spelled. Seemed right untill I learned Heckler&Koch was not pronounced cotch, now I have my doubts.
input?

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Shane
February 18, 2003, 01:06 AM
I think its pronounced: "Sig" "Sour". The "Sig" part rymes with "Fig", and the "Sauer" part is pronounced like "Sour". I'm not particularly well rounded or good in language though, so I could be wrong.

agony
February 18, 2003, 01:48 AM
I remember asking this question a long time ago.... I was told the S's should have a slightly long "Z" sound to them.

arinvolvo
February 18, 2003, 02:07 AM
I pronounce it Sig (sweet) Saur (sour). My friend prononces it "Smith and Wesson".

Wildalaska
February 18, 2003, 02:09 AM
Sorry it is pronouced just as it is written..in light of Germany's anitcs we should boycott german pronunciation...:D

WildveenerschnitzelAlaska

Steelharp
February 18, 2003, 02:16 AM
When I went to Switzerland last year, I learned that they pronounce the SIG part as ES-EE-GAY; three syllables, not one word as we would do.

Mikey D...

arinvolvo
February 18, 2003, 02:57 AM
Those crazy swiss...first it was holes in cheese..now this.:rolleyes:

curt
February 18, 2003, 11:41 AM
I learned that they pronounce the SIG part as ES-EE-GAY

As a straight Sig owner i find that pronunciation somewhat troubling, not that there's anything wrong with that :)

hksw
February 18, 2003, 01:43 PM
"I learned that they pronounce the SIG part as ES-EE-GAY;..."

They are, of course, spelling out the acronym SIG, S=es, I=ee, G=gay, instead of saying it like it's done here where it is popular to do so (if it is phonetically, or close to phonetically possible).

mjustice
February 18, 2003, 02:23 PM
I pronouce it as "blam blam blam!"

I say "Sig-Sour".

MJ

Onslaught
February 18, 2003, 05:25 PM
SIGhttp://www.3dap.com/Maxpayne/staff/azz/fruit/lemon.gif

Heckler &http://www.tias.com/malls/gac/dealers/gacbjb/thumbs/122b-00070-bjba.jpg

But I still wonder... is it RetiSSle or RetiCKle? http://www.frinkian.com/images/smiles/nuts.gif

And you know, I don't think the Swiss guy was talking about pistols... I think he liked you, and was asking your buddy if you were available... http://www.frinkian.com/images/smiles/hugelips.gif

arinvolvo
February 18, 2003, 05:49 PM
Is it:


1. Heckler and
http://www.jfree.dircon.co.uk/Cavus/cavus_wildlife/images/cock.jpg

or



2. Heckler and
http://www.spiritstore.fi/img/tuote_pics/428.jpg

Onslaught
February 18, 2003, 06:13 PM
arinvolvo - http://138.121.52.29/otn/laughing/yelrotflmao.gif

But according to HKPro (http://www.hkpro.com/koch.htm) it's...

(well darn... I tried to attach the "german guy saying Koch" .wav file, but it's too big. You'll have to get it from HKPro)

El Tejon
February 18, 2003, 07:24 PM
arin, Heckler und elf boots?:confused:

Zeeg Zour. Vee vill asken den questionen!:D

mjustice
February 18, 2003, 07:36 PM
Hecker and Coke would be the correct way to pronounce it. Most folks here in New York say "Kotch" since the mayor of NYC in the 80s pronounced it that way (Ed Koch).

Almost everyone else I have ever encountered with that last name has pronounced it "coke" and the hate Ed Koch for bastardizing their good name :)

MJ

mons meg
February 18, 2003, 07:38 PM
Ok, I'll play the straight man.

Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft

is Swiss Industrial Company (Sauer is the German partner)

e.g. I own an IBM computer. "eye-bee-em."

Never heard of an "ibbum". ;)

Timothy
February 18, 2003, 08:43 PM
Sauer is pronounced...."sawr"....just ask any Pennsylvania Dutchman;)

Jim K
February 18, 2003, 11:23 PM
Neither Pennsylvania "Dutch" nor Yiddish is a good guide to modern German pronunciation.

Sauer is not only a name, it is an adjective which means just what it sounds like - sour. It is pronounced like "sour" except with a "z" sound - "zour". "Koch", by the way, means "cook".

Jim

New_comer
February 18, 2003, 11:43 PM
Eytch-Kæy :D :neener: :evil: :cool:

trooper
February 19, 2003, 04:47 PM
"Zour" is right.

Being German and having lived in the US before I find it nearly impossible to teach an English-spoken person how to pronounce the "ch"-sound in Koch, let alone describe it.

It's definitely neither "kotch" nor "kock"...

This sorta reminds me of how much trouble I had with pronouncing the "th" when I first learned English ;)


Regards,

Trooper

trooper
February 19, 2003, 04:54 PM
Oh well, I might as well give it a try:

the "ch" is (in this instance) some sort of rough snoring in the throat (no kidding).

Didn't anybody ever listen to the bad guys in the old WW2 movies?


Regards,

Harald

arinvolvo
February 19, 2003, 05:00 PM
El tejon...it was an attempt at illustrating the pronounciation:
"Heckler and Crotch"

KMKeller
February 19, 2003, 05:05 PM
To correctly pronounce Heckler and Koch, first say "Heckler" and then say "Ko and promptly choke on your tongue. :eek: The ch is the same ch in "La Chiem" or "Baurch" and is pronounced more as "kh" said from the back of your throat than anything else.

Thumper
February 19, 2003, 11:06 PM
It's pronounced "Aitch n' Kay."

capt_happypants
February 20, 2003, 12:13 AM
Whatever you do, do NOT raise your right hand into the air as you say "Zig Zaur!"

Co-workers might look at you weird.

ahadams
February 20, 2003, 12:35 AM
always pronounced them "too :cuss: expensive!"

Longbow
February 20, 2003, 01:35 AM
I think its "sour" as in "sour kraut" for you brats. SIG stands for Swiss Industrial Group I believe.
As for H&K, I think its heckler and coke. But I usually just call 'em USP, P7M_, G3... and so on, whatever the case may be.

chris93473
February 20, 2003, 01:44 AM
hehe i used to prounced H&K and Heckler and "Croak" but then again that doesn't good

arinvolvo
February 20, 2003, 02:50 AM
for your information..."SOUR" kraut is ACTUALLY spelled "SAUER" kraut.

But it IS sour.:barf:

Ricky B
February 20, 2003, 04:21 AM
To correctly pronounce Heckler and Koch, first say "Heckler" and then say "Ko and promptly choke on your tongue. The ch is the same ch in "La Chiem" or "Baurch" and is pronounced more as "kh" said from the back of your throat than anything else.

Not quite. First off, those Hebrew words are transliterated as "L'Chaim" and "Baruch." But those ch's are more guttural sounds. The German ch is higher in the throat and should sound like the "h" in huge (but with a bit more wind).

--Rick

Bahadur
February 20, 2003, 04:45 AM
Not quite. First off, those Hebrew words are transliterated as "L'Chaim" and "Baruch." But those ch's are more guttural sounds. The German ch is higher in the throat and should sound like the "h" in huge (but with a bit more wind).Actually, that all depends on what "German" you are thinking about. Hochdeutsch, for example, sound different from Suddeutsch. Since, Yiddisch is considered a German dialect (with much Slavic infusion), Yiddisch pronounciations are also "German."

BTW, SIG stands for Sweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft, Swiss Industrial Company. SIG acquired Sauer & Sohn of Germany to bypass very tough Swiss weapon export laws to give the world SIG-Sauer.

As for pronounciation, let's save some electronic paper - no need to try to reinvent the wheel:

http://www.wm.edu/CAS/modlang/gasmit/pronunciation/pronunce.html

bountyhunter
February 20, 2003, 06:00 PM
It appears German:

If there is no umlaut (the double dots above the "u") then it is pronounced "sour".

If there is an umlaut, it is prononced: "soyer"

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