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Offline ronnie421

« on: June 14, 2013, 12:34:12 pm »
I apologize if this is not where it is supposed to be, but im wondering... I have heard the word "panniers" pronounced several different ways. eg... pan-NIERS, PAN-iers, pani-AYES. Is there more than one way to pronounce this word and still be correct? I can go to one bike shop here in my city and have the attendant call it one thing, then go to another store 3 blocks down and have that attendant call it something else, then go to REI 2 hrs from my home and that attendant will call it something different than the other two. Any input?


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Re: Pronounciation...
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2013, 04:34:39 pm »
You say toe-may-toe, I say toe-ma-toe. I don't think anyone cares if you are slightly off from the "official" pronunciation. But FWIW, I say usually "pan-yeas," as in Yea! We won!

Offline staehpj1

Re: Pronounciation...
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2013, 04:50:23 pm »
I don't think I even say it the same way all the time.  Sometimes I say "pan yurs" and sometimes, "pan ee yurs".  I have heard others say "pan nears" or "pan yeahs" fairly often.

Offline jamawani

Re: Pronounciation...
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2013, 06:22:23 pm »
"Saddlebags" is easier to pronounce.
And for non-cyclists - - easier to understand.

Offline ronnie421

Re: Pronounciation...
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2013, 07:59:31 pm »
Oh then... I guess I'll just call them "those-bags-that-go-on-the-racks-that-are-mounted-on-both-sides-of-the-front-and-rear-wheels-that-carry-all-your-stuff-when-you're-a-long-way-from-home".

Offline newfydog

Re: Pronounciation...
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2013, 08:33:12 pm »
Interesting that the French don't call them panniers.  i can't remember what they do call them, but while they understand pannier they use something else.  If you buy something from Amazon France the online shopping cart is a pannier.

Offline geegee

Re: Pronounciation...
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2013, 10:27:25 am »
The French will call them panniers if they are basket-like, such as the open top bags used for shopping. In French Canada, the closed saddle bags are called "sacoche".

Just like the derailleur/derailer pronunciation, it somehow depends on where you are from. My region with its strong French presence tends towards "pan-yay".