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Old Oct 15th 2013, 7:52 pm
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing
Most of the time, yes.



French pronunciation is quite inconsistent here. Locally we have a city called Des Plaines (pronounced as if it was short for 'Desmond Planes'), yet Des Moines is pronounced correctly.

Using the coupé argument though, everyone in East London would call them 'coops' and everyone in America would go to a 'caff' for their lunch.



No, you shouldn't. Ever.
The interesting thing is the way Americans with French last names, pronounce them. Not even close. My French Canadian ex wife and I used to laugh about it.
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Old Oct 15th 2013, 7:58 pm
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The interesting thing is the way Americans with French last names, pronounce them. Not even close. My French Canadian ex wife and I used to laugh about it.
Even though I live in a region of the US that was originally settled by the French and there are French placenames (or French versions of original Indian names) everywhere - I have yet to meet a single person with a French name

Most people around here are Germans or Polaks.
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Old Oct 15th 2013, 8:04 pm
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The interesting thing is the way Americans with French last names, pronounce them. Not even close. .....
Poles too. I am used to pronouncing Polish names the Polish way in the UK, and then I find Americans of Polish original use some horrible Anglicized pronunciation of their name.
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Old Oct 15th 2013, 8:32 pm
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing
Even though I live in a region of the US that was originally settled by the French and there are French placenames (or French versions of original Indian names) everywhere - I have yet to meet a single person with a French name

Most people around here are Germans or Polaks.
I live in an area where Spanish place names are not pronounced like they are in Spanish. "Los Angeles" is exhibit number one. Here is a recent L.A. Times article about my neighborhood.

BTW, I wonder why Mini call their car a barrelmaker.
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Old Oct 15th 2013, 8:37 pm
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No, you shouldn't. Ever.


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Old Oct 15th 2013, 8:39 pm
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I live in an area where Spanish place names are not pronounced like they are in Spanish. "Los Angeles" is exhibit number one. Here is a recent L.A. Times article about my neighborhood.

BTW, I wonder why Mini call their car a barrelmaker.
At least they get San Diego right!

No idea on the Mini though.
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.... BTW, I wonder why Mini call their car a barrelmaker.
John Cooper, probably the most famous racing car driver/designer/ engineer anyone has ever/ never heard of! Thanks to BMW, which revived the "Cooper" name used on the tuned-up Austin Minis of the 1960's and 70's, he is now famous, though paradoxically, very few people actually know who he was; in many respects Britain's answer to Carroll Shelby.

Who was John Cooper?

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John Cooper, probably the most famous racing car driver/designer/ engineer anyone has ever/ never heard of! Thanks to BMW, which revived the "Cooper" name used on the tuned-up Austin Minis of the 1960's and 70's, he is now famous, though paradoxically, very few people actually know who he was; in many respects Britain's answer to Carroll Shelby.

Who was John Cooper?
He wrote his name on my car.

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I think Colin Chapman would have something to say about that.
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Old Oct 15th 2013, 9:34 pm
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I think Colin Chapman would have something to say about that.
Maybe, though as the founder/ owner of Lotus he was/is IMO better known, whereas John Cooper's name now has a much higher profile, but with almost no public awareness of who he was or what he did.
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Old Oct 15th 2013, 9:39 pm
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He wrote his name on my car.
Your Mini has the same front tag as my truck.
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But ask the general public and I'll bet not many know either of them
CC wasn't an overly pleasant chap you know Too obsessed with the car and not the drivers.

But yeah, I guess JC would have been happier to have recognition for what he did rather than a badge on a BMW.
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.... CC wasn't an overly pleasant chap you know. Too obsessed with the car and not the drivers. .....
Sounds like role model for Frank Williams!
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Quite possibly, although Willliams is definitely the apprentice.
Chapman was so obsessed with added lightness that parts being unsafe seemed secondary.
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Quite possibly, although Willliams is definitely the apprentice.
Chapman was so obsessed with added lightness that parts being unsafe seemed secondary.
Like steering columns?
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