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SIG-Sauer..how do you pronounce it?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Carbon_15, Feb 17, 2003.

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  1. Carbon_15

    Carbon_15 Member

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    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?
     
  2. Shane

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    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.
     
  3. agony

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    I remember asking this question a long time ago.... I was told the S's should have a slightly long "Z" sound to them.
     
  4. arinvolvo

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    I pronounce it Sig (sweet) Saur (sour). My friend prononces it "Smith and Wesson".
     
  5. Wildalaska

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    Sorry it is pronouced just as it is written..in light of Germany's anitcs we should boycott german pronunciation...:D

    WildveenerschnitzelAlaska
     
  6. Steelharp

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    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...
     
  7. arinvolvo

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    Those crazy swiss...first it was holes in cheese..now this.:rolleyes:
     
  8. curt

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

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    "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).
     
  10. mjustice

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    I pronouce it as "blam blam blam!"

    I say "Sig-Sour".

    MJ
     
  11. Onslaught

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    SIG[​IMG]

    Heckler &[​IMG]

    But I still wonder... is it RetiSSle or RetiCKle? [​IMG]

    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... [​IMG]
     
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  12. arinvolvo

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    Is it:


    1. Heckler and
    [​IMG]

    or



    2. Heckler and
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  13. Onslaught

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    arinvolvo - [​IMG]

    But according to HKPro 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)
     
  14. El Tejon

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    arin, Heckler und elf boots?:confused:

    Zeeg Zour. Vee vill asken den questionen!:D
     
  15. mjustice

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    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
     
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    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". ;)
     
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    Sauer is pronounced...."sawr"....just ask any Pennsylvania Dutchman;)
     
  18. Jim K

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    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
     
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    Eytch-Kæy :D :neener: :evil: :cool:
     
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    "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
     
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    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
     
  22. arinvolvo

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    El tejon...it was an attempt at illustrating the pronounciation:
    "Heckler and Crotch"
     
  23. KMKeller

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    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.
     
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    It's pronounced "Aitch n' Kay."
     
  25. capt_happypants

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    Whatever you do, do NOT raise your right hand into the air as you say "Zig Zaur!"

    Co-workers might look at you weird.
     
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