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To think you don't pronounce it Grem?

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NapQueen Fri 05-Aug-16 22:25:40

It's Grayum. Or Grayam. Or Graem.

Why pronounce Graham/Graeme as Grem?

The same person also says Restrawww instead of Restaurant.

And Ay-Mex. It's Amex. It's written on the bloody thing.

CocktailQueen Fri 05-Aug-16 22:32:33

Germ could be a regional accent for Graham.

Restrawww - trying out the French pronunciation?

Amex - that's odd, I say it Ay-mex too!

19lottie82 Fri 05-Aug-16 22:33:27

Americans pronounce it "gram".

AnchorDownDeepBreath Fri 05-Aug-16 22:34:20

Ay-mex is acceptable - they used to have a "how do you say Amex" bit on their website and it included both. I have no idea if it's still there.

The rest are strange.

heateallthebuns Fri 05-Aug-16 22:34:21

I think it's Ay mex too. Ay as in letter A as it stands for American?

LifeIsGoodish Fri 05-Aug-16 22:34:49

A-mex, because it's short for American Express.

Agree about Graym - two syllables.

LifeIsGoodish Fri 05-Aug-16 22:35:33

Doh! Am-ex.

NapQueen Fri 05-Aug-16 22:36:54

Am ex. Exactly! The country isn't called Ay-merica.

MelanieCheeks Fri 05-Aug-16 22:36:55

Restraaaw sounds like the French pronunciation, which would be acceptable.

MerchantofVenice Fri 05-Aug-16 22:37:22

Is it someone American pronouncing it Grem? I don't think they can help it! I think they also have trouble with 'Craig' (Crag?!). Their accent just can't cope with certain words... Have you heard certain American versions of 'squirrel'? Squirrrrrl.

NapQueen Fri 05-Aug-16 22:38:09

Melanie - aye, if you're French.

NapQueen Fri 05-Aug-16 22:38:27

Nope. English.

MasterOfTheDIYBookcase Fri 05-Aug-16 22:40:34

Americans can't say mirror either. It's meeyer. Very odd. Never mind. I have a family member called Graeme. He doesn't have any interesting pronunciations but the spellings he gets are quite ridiculous.

Expellibramus Fri 05-Aug-16 22:43:08

Yers for years gets me.

20thCenturyGirl Fri 05-Aug-16 22:44:44

Americans can say all of these words. Their pronunciation is just different to yours.

MasterOfTheDIYBookcase Fri 05-Aug-16 22:48:26

20th, you're absolutely right. My bad.

Notmymonkeysnotmycircus Fri 05-Aug-16 22:48:45

Preemark or prymark?

Pooka Fri 05-Aug-16 22:50:46

I dunno really - my grandpa was graham pronounced grey-m.

A minuscule stop between the 'e' sound and the 'm' sound. But barely perceptible depending on posh quotient. His mother was very clipped of accent and sounded prob a bit more 'grem' and as the poshness leaked away over the generations my lot said something more like grey-m. The gre bit had all the emphasis. Bit like a one and one third syllable word.

GarlicMistake Fri 05-Aug-16 22:52:17


Ass-os, Ah-sos or Ay-sos?

GarlicMistake Fri 05-Aug-16 22:54:58

I was thinking clipped accent, too, Pooka. Your annoying person might just be posh, Nap?

Euphemia Fri 05-Aug-16 22:55:23

Doe-biz or Dob-biz? (Dobbies - the garden centre and scones-the-size-of-a-baby's-head place.)

19lottie82 Fri 05-Aug-16 22:55:56

Pree Mark

Euphemia Fri 05-Aug-16 22:56:06

Oh and I'm Scottish so it's Gray-yum. grin

2kids2dogsnosense Fri 05-Aug-16 23:02:22

I haven't heard Americans pronouncing "Graham" as "Grem", but they do tend to say "Gram".

Both are wrong, obviously - it's "Gray'am". Get your linguistic act together, America!

molyholy Fri 05-Aug-16 23:11:33

it is Gra-yam. North west if that makes a difference.

I cannot abide graaaaame, to rhyme with frame.

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