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Correct pronunciation of "Ambergris" #26115
09/12/00 10:56 AM
09/12/00 10:56 AM
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Sacramento, CA
lmarquis Offline OP
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Hi guys - Can someone clear up some confusion for me? Some people I know are pronouncing "Ambergris" differently. What is the correct prounuciation?

Re: Correct pronunciation of "Ambergris" #26116
09/12/00 11:18 AM
09/12/00 11:18 AM
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Some times there, some times h...

We've heard it both ways. I remember years ago one guide book had it "griss", yet another had it "grees". There's also a piece of music out there by Jerry Jeff where he pronounces it "amBERgris". Let's stick with the above.

[This message has been edited by CHOOCHOO (edited 09-12-2000).]

Re: Correct pronunciation of "Ambergris" #26117
09/12/00 11:31 AM
09/12/00 11:31 AM
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Sacramento, CA
lmarquis Offline OP
lmarquis  Offline OP
Choo Choo: Okay, heaven sounds good to me. Those are the two pronunciations that I have heard.

Re: Correct pronunciation of "Ambergris" #26118
09/12/00 11:46 AM
09/12/00 11:46 AM
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SF Bay Area
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Choo choo- which of the above do you mean, you listed 3 ways! LOL
Well, Webster's says you can pronounce it like AM-ber-gris or AM-ber-gree or AM-ber-grees.

But one of the fun things about traveling is hearing words pronounced many different ways, my own mispronunciations included. In my head I still think of caye as "KAY" instead of "CAH-yeh". Maybe I'll get it right only after I've been to Belize.

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Re: Correct pronunciation of "Ambergris" #26119
09/12/00 12:00 PM
09/12/00 12:00 PM
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South Texas
Chloe Offline
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I say pronounce it anyway you want, but just go and enjoy. Choochoo is correct "Heaven".

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Re: Correct pronunciation of "Ambergris" #26120
09/12/00 12:14 PM
09/12/00 12:14 PM
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Some times there, some times h...
Didn't mean to confuse you by throwin' in a third. JJW has it in a song pronunced amBERGIS. Beats me..shucks let's just use paradise.

Re: Correct pronunciation of "Ambergris" #26121
09/12/00 01:47 PM
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Sandshaker Offline
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Am-Bur-grease Key

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Re: Correct pronunciation of "Ambergris" #26122
09/12/00 07:16 PM
09/12/00 07:16 PM
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Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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The dictionary (English or American) is of no help when it comes to local pronunciations. Am-ber-gree is how whale vomit is pronounced in polite French-American company, not how it is pronounced in Belize.

Belizeans usually pronounce it Am-BUR-gris or sometimes Am-BUR-jess. The accent is always (almost always) on the second syllable.

Or you could just say San Pedro.

--Lan Sluder

Lan Sluder/Belize First
Re: Correct pronunciation of "Ambergris" #26123
09/13/00 12:43 AM
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