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05-27-2019 02:12 PM - edited 05-27-2019 02:18 PM
I came into the house to cool off and relax, so I flipped through channels. The Logo show was almost over, so I left it on. There was a yellow cardigan that the host was pronouncing the color "myeez". Huh? I looked it up on the Q online, it's MAIZE (mayz), corn in Spanish. I have only ever heard that pronounced mayz, not myeez. Anyone know which is correct? I think it's "mayz" which is what I've heard forever.
05-27-2019 02:20 PM
I've only heard it with the long a.
And, from Dictionary dot com:
05-27-2019 02:46 PM
It seems a word is pronounced according to the language that we speak or the way we're comfortable saying it, rather than the way the word was initially pronounced in its origin. If English is your primary language, you pronounce maize "mayz". If you speak or think in Spanish, you relate it to the word for corn and pronounce it "mah-ees". Another example of a bastardization, if you will, of a word is the way many English-speaking people pronounce the French word voila as "walla" when it would correctly be pronounced "vuah-lah" since the "v" is supposed to be pronounced.
05-27-2019 02:49 PM
Maize meaning corn is pronounced different in English than Spanish. The pronunciation you are referring is Spanish. The pronunciation you are familiar with is English. Hope that helps.
05-27-2019 02:50 PM - edited 05-27-2019 02:51 PM
The host should have know how to pronouce that color, I learned that word in grade school.
@blackhole99 She does know how to pronounce it. You just learned a different pronunciation. That's not unfamiliar to someone who has lived in different parts of the world that words are pronounced differently in different cultures and even in different regions of the USA. When in Rome or wherever, I always tried to do as the host country so I would not look like I did not accept their culture.
05-27-2019 02:58 PM
There are all kinds of ignorance. One of mine is Spanish. I know maybe 10 expressions, maybe less. Anyway, I googlerd and there are several Videos available. My audio isn't working well, but I could hear enough to learn on one of them that the a in maize isn;t long the way it is in English. The i takes precedence. I did not hear the QVC show, so I won't even guess why Whoever was speaking chose the pronunciation she did, but do Google and listen. Hope your machine works a little better than mine.
05-27-2019 03:01 PM - edited 05-27-2019 03:02 PM
I guess you have to know your audience. This is the United States where QVC is aimed. How do the majority of the population pronounce it?
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