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how do you pronounce sig sauer?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by jon1996, Oct 18, 2003.

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  1. jon1996

    jon1996 Member

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    hello,
    i am new to this forum, i was just wondering how you pronounce sig sauer?
    is it sig saw-er or
    is it sig sow-er
    thanks,
    jon:confused:
     
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    Welcome to the forum, I think it is more like your second choice.....tom
     
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    Sour.. like a lemon.
     
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    A coupe years ago I asked my grandmother how to pronounce Sauer and Koch (97 years old and still going strong, bless her heart). She and my grandfather fled Germany for Brazil and then USA as Hitler was coming to power and still sveaks vit a verry vik azzent.

    She told me me its "sawyer", like Tom Sawyer (and Koch is like coke). Who am I to argue? :)
     
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    Wouldn't be the first time we here in America butchered a word or name, I'll ask my german neighbor what she thinks:D ......tom
     
  7. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    If you want to sound authentically German, the pronunciation would be "S-I-G Zauer."
     
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    A person who actually lives in Switzerland informed us over on SIGforum that they pronounce it zig zower.
     
  9. Siggyboy

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    I'll be presumptious and let you all in on the correct German pronunciation as close to English as I can:

    Sig-Sauer = Seeg-Saowah
    (in some northern areas maybe a bit more of a Z sound but in most of Germany that would be the pronunciation, especially where Sig is located! (Northern Switz. and South West Germany).

    Heckler & Koch = Hecklah und Koghh
    (Koch is a tough one. That's why Americans often incorrectly say its pronounced "Coke" or "Koh". The correct pronunciation is very gutteral, like you're trying to cough up a good luggie!)
     
  10. Chugach

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    Sig is acutally an acronymn, S.I.G., for Schweitzerische Industrie Gesellschaft (roughly, Swiss Industrial Company). Sauer is the family name from J.P. Sauer & Sohn (famous rifle makers), which was acquired by SIG in the '70s.

    Sauer is pronounced roughly as the English "sour". If you want a refined pronunciation that would be understood better in Germany or Switzerland, say:

    "sow" (as in female pig) + "uh"

    Ending r's in German bear little resemblance to the American English ending r.

    I lived in Germany for 14 months, but I'm not a native speaker. There are German members of the forum...maybe they'll weigh in.
     
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    Zeeg Zawyer or uberDutchible.

    That's it, ezactly.:D
     
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    Siggyboy, I was composing my post and didn't see yours...
     
  13. Siggyboy

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    Chugach, die Frage ist, wie spricht man deinen Namen aus? :D
     
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    :D Without the guttural!
     
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    Common pronunciation is

    chew-gatch
     
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    "Sig"
    You don't really want a Southern Boy to butcher it anymore than need be...do ya.:)
     
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    Apparently some folks who pronounce "Sauer" like "Sawyer" are under the impression there is an umlaut on the "a". There is not - "Sour or Zour" is close enough.

    Actually, you need not pronounce "SIG-Sauer" at all, since the companies are no longer together. SIG is now Swiss Arms, and is headquartered in Switzerland, while Sauer Und Sohn AG (Sauer and Son, Inc.) is once again operating under that name.

    Jim
     
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    Thanks buddy. I'm really glad I just ate. [​IMG]

    But you're correct. Half of my family is from Germany, and yes that's how they say it.
     
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    Sig

    Just like they pronounce DiamlerChrysler -- the Chrysler is silent.
     
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    round these parts, we pronounce "Sig-Sauer" as "Them Newfangled Swiss Guns" (Them New-faen-gald Sweiss Gunz).
     
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    Just say SIG or sigarms.
    They'll know what you mean.
     
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    So, which company will be building the handguns, which the rifles, etc?
     
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    Of topic, but people have been mispronouncing the name "Leupold" for decades here in the US. In fact, they actually had a pronunciation guide in the history section of their website. I see it's gone now. Leupold is the name of the German inventer that traveled to America.

    "LEUPOLD" is
    LOOP-HOLD

    How about the term "Sabot"? It's not Sa-bot, it's
    SAY-BO.
    SAY as in to speak, and BO as in Bo Duke(Hazzard-style). It's a French term.
     
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    Well, the German pronounciation of Leupold sounds more like Loy-pold.
     
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