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Are the AMericans correct in saying " kebob"

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MrKrabs Sun 21-Jun-09 10:40:02

for kebabs?
have been making them with ds3 adn he has watched TOO much Disney channel.

WhipsAndFurs Sun 21-Jun-09 10:41:18

I've also seen this word spelt as 'kabab' so perhaps there are different spellings depending on the language in question?!

MrKrabs Sun 21-Jun-09 10:41:41

What do, say Turks, say?

Songbird Sun 21-Jun-09 10:42:25

Is American pronunciation ever correct grin

WhipsAndFurs Sun 21-Jun-09 10:43:18

Hey, according to Wiki:

Kebab (also occasionally transliterated as kebap, kabab, kebob, kabob, kibob, kebhav, kephav)

Songbird Sun 21-Jun-09 10:43:36

I think they say kebab, not sure. If I see my neighbour today I'll ask her - she used to live there.

belgo Sun 21-Jun-09 10:45:42

It's kebap on the continent.

fizzpops Sun 21-Jun-09 10:56:27

Could it just be a pronunciation thing rather than a spelling thing. Remember Simon Cowell getting all cross when they kept referring to 'Ahba' rather than Abba on American Idol?

MrKrabs Sun 21-Jun-09 11:07:55

lol. no they say kebob

MrKrabs Sun 21-Jun-09 11:09:16

lol. no they say kebob look like Tour Guide Barbie does here

Katisha Sun 21-Jun-09 11:35:24

And yet the Barbie says scAllops and not scOllops...

ScAllop Kabobs...

Americans just make it all up.

MrKrabs Sun 21-Jun-09 11:44:17

any old hoo as they are talking. Its like Welsh imo - one VAST joke at the ENglish expense.
They make it up then snigger as the English get all inclusive about it.

Katisha Sun 21-Jun-09 11:49:57

Actually it's worse than that isn't it - it's

scAllop kabObs with tomAYtoes.

MrKrabs Sun 21-Jun-09 11:50:50

then bung in some ERBS and put it all in a vaise

Katisha Sun 21-Jun-09 11:53:25

oh god yes erbs


MrKrabs Sun 21-Jun-09 13:48:21


sarah293 Sun 21-Jun-09 13:53:58

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MrKrabs Sun 21-Jun-09 13:54:39

But i love their pronunciation - i lobve it annoying me
and cilantro and eggplant and all

girlandboy Sun 21-Jun-09 13:56:55

Yes, the erbs bugs me too.

Can they not pronounce their "h's". Why drop the h? I'ts there for all to see.

<shakes head in dismay>

sarah293 Sun 21-Jun-09 14:00:54

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TheFool Sun 21-Jun-09 14:06:38


Tis like saying Craig as Creg.

'erbs doesn't bother me so much - we do it with honestly.

TheFool Sun 21-Jun-09 14:07:25

pmsl @ welsh being a vast joke at english expense

Momino Sun 21-Jun-09 14:45:24

am american andlove these discissions grin. i've been here nearly 12 years and still say kebob, pahsta, yoh-ghurt, scone (long o). and i think i do say 'Hairy' for harry. i didn't realise I was wrong in my pronunciation until i moved here, hehe, and my FIL and friends kept laughing at me.

however, i do say tomahto, herbs, mum (i hate the word 'mom' but do call mine that). I'm also training myself to say water instead of 'wadder' which is a tough one.

i can see how our accent would annoy though, when i go back to visit and everyone's speaking in a twang, i find it very grating. not sure I'd like to adopt the Yorkshire accent, though, which is where i live. that's a whole other language, eebygum.

MrKrabs Sun 21-Jun-09 16:10:42

god oyu are gracious.
it must sound odd when you say water?
Can non theatrical americans do English accents well?

sarah293 Sun 21-Jun-09 16:32:30

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