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Elgin pronunciation

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I apologize if this question appears stupid but how is Elgin pronounced? Is it like GIN the drink or GIN like Guenther? Sorry but new to collecting and I really don't know.
 

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Sorry that the question has been asked before but after reading that thread I know nothing more than before as it seems that both were pronunciations were reported by respondents.
 

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The guy in the video is clearly getting it wrong ;-)
Maybe he was allowing his mind to drift onto what he'd like to drink after work? ;-)

Over here it's definitely a hard G as in the Elgin Marbles - Wikipedia
 

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We’ll, I believe the question in post #1 is about the Elgin National Watch Co. located in Elgin Il. Having lived in northern Il. for over 80 years, the nice man in the video has it absolutely correct!
 

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I never knew that Elgin was pronounced in any other way but with a hard "g" until I spotted this post!

Given that, many words are pronounced in different ways betwixt USA and UK or even in different dialects.
 

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Well I sure did open a can of worms and had a good chuckle since it seems it's pronounced both ways depending on which side of the pond you are on or for what part of the country you are from for that matter. Guess for where I am the consensus is soft G
 

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Will the Elgin marbles remain the Elgin marbles when they are returned to Greece or will they become the Olympian marbles? :)
 
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In case anyone is wondering about what goes on in the Great White North, the prevalent Canadian practice (at least in the province of Ontario), is to pronounce "Elgin" with a hard "g" for example when referring to our Elgin County.

However chaps who are into watches such as myself pronounce the watch company's name with a soft "g" (after getting used to so doing). My view is that the Elgin company located in Elgin IL was an American phenomenon & thus common courtesy demands usage of the American pronunciation.

By the way ~ belated Happy Thanksgiving wishes to my American friends. And in case anyone is wondering in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving Day way earlier, back in October.
 
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Next we will be debating Longcase vs Tallcase....
 

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Next we will be debating Longcase vs Tallcase....
no debate... long is for length, tall refers to height. so, if your clock is installed lying on the ground, it's a longcase. :) if it's standing so that the pendulum is swinging and the horological math allows it to be in beat and running as it should, it's a tallcase. :rolleyes::)
 

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If you think a G sounds like a J, I'm happy with that. Because it is about the context of the word in the sentence apart from its etymology.
Having lived in what we know of as the multiculturalverse, Hearing people ask how is it that words like wind and wind can be spelled/spelt the same way but sound so differently and mean different things?

Said the straight man, to the late man
Where have you been?

I talked to the wind,. My words were just, carried away.
I talked to the wind but the wind, did not hear.

Said the straight man;
Don't wind me up.
 

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I apologize if this question appears stupid but how is Elgin pronounced? Is it like GIN the drink or GIN like Guenther? Sorry but new to collecting and I really don't know.
El and the very best Gin.
However, if you want to get into specifics, The origin of the word appearing to be Scot, then the rolling of the letter heard in brogue, could have both sounds.
As an aside, I was at school with others who were new chums as we called them back then. They had a few words but English was difficult for them.
We'd say switch on or turn on in relation to what they called open in relations to taps/faucets. They'd say, close in relation to switching or turning on the lights or the radio.

Can you comprehend that slight language shift that is still correct?
 
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I surely won’t be “dropping” a like for the “UTube” video referenced in post #12. Born and raised in “El-Jin”, IllinoiS.
Brad Maisto, KY Floral #44 Secretary (Now residing in the “Who’s-Ear” state)
 

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EL 'J' IN >>>>Watch Company
G as in General Motors

EL 'G' IN >>>> Scottish Family and (related) Town
G as in 'Good Grief!'


The Scots/British pronunciation was a shock, first
encountered, while touring in the "Whisky Region".

Somewhere I have a KW Movement,
retailed in the town of Elgin.
 
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Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs and Heteronyms


And then there are contronyms.

Names have their own rules which are social rather than grammatical. If a person tells you his name is spelled George but pronounces it as others would pronounce William, that is his right. Of course the benefits are pretty small.
 

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nd then there are contronyms.

Names have their own rules which are social rather than grammatical. If a person tells you his name is spelled George but pronounces it as others would pronounce William, that is his right. Of course the benefits are pretty small.
My Ingraham claims her name is pronounced "Patek". She identifies as an 18K chronograph.
 

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