Pronouncing the word "Geep"

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by puddlejumper, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. puddlejumper

    puddlejumper Member

    Please excuse me if this seems petty or childish but I was very adamantly corrected this weekend by a railfan who insisted it is pronounced "Gheep". We all have our pet peeves and this one is mine, the infamous GP-series EMD locomotives, GP7-GP60 all inclusive, the General Purpose Workhorse of many a railroad, is a GEEP, pronounced JEEP.

    Thank you for allowing my stupid little rant.

  2. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    I've actually wondered this! I've always pronounced it "JEEP" (similar to the SUV) and so I talk about "JEEP 7s" and "JEEP 18s," etc. But then I've heard other people pronounce/say the actual letters followed by the number. So I believe I'm pronouncing it correctly! Rob
  3. CRed

    CRed Member

    It only makes sense that you pronounce it "JEEP" since like it's WW2 namesake was built to be an general-purpose vehicle.That's my take on it and if someone doesn't like it they can kiss my behind:).

  4. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Like the song says "You say tomAto, I say tomAWto." I've always pronounced it GHeep, but then I say KAyto instead of KAWto. :confused:

    Of course I pronounced the software people McAAfee until I saw an ad of theirs on TV that corrected me to pronounce it MAKafee. :eek:

    Perhaps the only way to settle it is to contact an official from the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors to find out. :rolleyes:
  5. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

  6. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    I always thought it an "age' thing.. If you're over 40 - it's Jeep... like the Army.. The young people can pronounce it any way they please...

    Tomato toMAHtoe :D :D :D
  7. puddlejumper

    puddlejumper Member

    So what is the correct pronunciation of Kato? I've always wondered...

    Oh, and BTW if you ever come to my house and call my GP7 a GHEEP I certainly won't correct you, I will know what you are talking about. I think what burned my butt was how this person had the "You're wrong, I'm right" attitude. Maybe I'm displaying the same attitude by posting this but I always thought it was universally known to be pronounced Jeep.

    Please excuse my little rant, mods if you want you can close/delete the thread.
  8. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Kay toe

    Like the Green Hornet and the Pink Panther :D :D :D
  9. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Wasn't he the notorious "Teflon Don", head of the Gambino family? :)

    I say "Jeep"...and "Kay-toe".

    Ralph (Ralf)
  10. scubadude

    scubadude Member

    ...uh, huh? :confused:
  11. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    My $.02 worth....If I'm referring to the class as a whole, I say "Jeeps"...If I'm referring to a particular one (as in GP-20), I say GeePee twenty....
  12. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    The thing I learned about names is that they can be pronounced any way the person/company wants, regardless of the spelling. A person who spells their name S-M-I-T-H can pronounce it Jones of they so desire. :confused: :confused: :confused:

    One of the first companies that I worked for made Business Communications products was Buscom, which they pronounced Bizcom.
  13. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    ghoti = fish

    "gh" as in laugh,
    "o" as in women,
    and "ti" as in "motion"

    Of course I have to take pronunciation advice from y'all south of the border with a grain of salt, since the thing on top of a house doesn't rhyme with "tough", the entry hall of a house doesn't rhyme with "lawyer"
    and going further south, there's no "r" in wash or "oil" sign1
  14. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    Oh, yes - in common railfan parlance, GP-7's, 9's etc are pronounced "jeep", and it is pronounced "Kay-tow" (you fool!).
  15. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    sign1sign1sign1 Not NOW Kato!!!!
  16. puddlejumper

    puddlejumper Member

    I never would have caught that! sign1That is ingenious!
  17. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Actually it G-E-E-P pronounce Jeep.Its actually a play on words.

    The story behind this is,EMD employees was forbidden to call the GP7 "Jeep" because that was a military vehicle.So,a P was added to GEE(as in GP) and pronouncing it "Geep".
    And we know that Dick Dilworth's "ugly duckling" turned into a swan and the GEEP moniker lives on.
  18. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    I've never used "jeep" as I felt too many people confused it with the vehicles. But then again, I learned the terms though the internet.

    I've always wondered though, if a GP is a Geep, then is an SD a Seed? sign1

    Anyways, on the topic, is an SD90MAC or SD70MAC a "Mack" or "m. a. c."?
  19. chooch.42

    chooch.42 Member

    jbaakko, you think like Steven Wright ! Never heard of "SeeD"s, but we called them SD80-MAC (mack),though M-A-C was understood even by NS management. On another term, "Tracks Ahead" host,Spencer Christian ALWAYS refers to Kayto (KAH-toe), if that confers authority. I always thought it was KAY-toe. Oh Well.... Bob C.
  20. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    I think it is Kay-toe, though I'm never sure with much of anything like that.

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