Vote of the week: Pronouncing 'Caribbean'?
My family and I got into a little bit of a fight last week when we visited Disneyland
Specifically, over how to pronounce the name of the ride Pirates of the Caribbean.
So we decided... to milk it for a vote of the week!
Defend your choice in the comments, or just jabber about whatever your want....
Funny thing is, both are supposedly correct. But correct me if I'm wrong, only America uses both? I'd think people in the actual Caribbean pronounce it 'kah-RIH-bee-an', or 'Cuh-rib-ee-uhn'
I think so too but I think here in the states we may tend to pronounce things as they appear to be spelled, like at first learning a new word & sounding it out, then figuring it out & thinking, well, this MUST be right! I still say it as Care-uh-BEE-in just coz it's easier to say & think of quickly, & it sounds more 'southern', lolol. Plus that's really the way I've ALWAYS heard the title pronounced & it just 'sounds' right. Now, if we're in a conversation about the actual CARIBBEAN ocean, then I say Cah-rib-ee-in (the other way) because that's the way I've heard the actual Ocean's name pronounced which I think IS correct from what I've heard, like in school, etc. Confused yet?? lol.
What's funny is I just realized I say it both ways but under different context. If it's the movie and the ride, it's CARE-Uh-Bee-an but if it's the islands in the context of a vacation or cruise, I say Cuh-RIB-bee-an. LOL
Wow ... is this actually worth voting on? No offense ... just a bizarre topic.
What can I say? I'm in a bizarre and trivial mood today....
When I'm on vacation I say Car-Ib-ee-un but I call the attraction Care-uh-bee-ann. Its wierd.
I say it both ways depending on which way it comes out at the time. I'm sure if I've had a few drinks I would even find some other way to pronounce it.
I'm the same as Don--I say Care-uh-be-an for the ride/movies, but in reference to the cruiseline or the islands I say cuh-rib-e-an.
Well, that's what families are for!
If I’m not mistaken Care-uh-bee-ann is how it was pronounced when Disney designed and introduced the ride – might have been one of those Americanized words. Over the years, the word has been changed and is pronounced as Cuh-rib-ee-uhn. But out of respect for Disney, I think it should be said in the original way – p.c. or not!
Alright, I cracked -
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