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How is Aspergers pronounced? J or G?

(13 Posts)
NoiseNoise Sun 04-Jan-15 11:49:51

I pronounce it like asper - j ers, but hear it pronounced as it is spelt, asper -g-ers. Which one is correct ?
MTIA.

dementedpixie Sun 04-Jan-15 13:29:06

I say it with a hard G sound not a J sound.

SconeRhymesWithGone Sun 04-Jan-15 14:46:42

Hard g.

www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/asperger-s-syndrome

Hurr1cane Sun 04-Jan-15 14:47:43

It's always been pronounced with a J sound here by doctors.

Not ass- burgers

PacificDogwood Sun 04-Jan-15 14:49:02

Hard G.

grin @ 'ass-burgers'

LynetteScavo Sun 04-Jan-15 14:51:21

J here.

prism Sun 04-Jan-15 17:01:53

There's no soft G in German (ask Angela Merkel), so unless Asperger's name is a loan word, which it almost certainly isn't, its definitely a hard G.

But there is a soft G in "German". smile

ouryve Sun 04-Jan-15 17:14:39

Given that Mr Asperger's first name was Hans, I assume a hard G.

This has it pronounced both ways
dictionary.cambridge.org/pronunciation/british/asperger-s-syndrome

ouryve Sun 04-Jan-15 17:16:06

The NAS give it a hard G
www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/media-centre/how-to-talk-about-autism.aspx

SconeRhymesWithGone Sun 04-Jan-15 18:07:50

I would argue with that Cambridge US pronunciation. I have never heard it pronounced with a soft g in the States.

ByTheSea Sun 04-Jan-15 19:39:18

So this thread clears up the issue then...hmm

TheFirstOfHerName Sun 04-Jan-15 19:47:35

I think the most accurate pronunciation would be with a hard G, but even eponymous syndromes become Anglicised, so a soft G has also become acceptable.

NoiseNoise Sun 11-Jan-15 17:34:26

Cripes, sorry, forgot about the thread shock

Ok, thanks all for replying thanks

I've been using a soft g (J), but nobody said it was an incorrect pronunciation, or indeed a correct one. Thought it might be a regional/other country thing smile

Thanks again. Must admit, I prefer the soft g sound. I have Aspergers, so you'd think that I'd at least pronounce it correctly, wouldn't you? grin

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