Pronouncing the word "Geep"

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

  1. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Then the two most common types of engines in use today are named after motor vehicles. GP = Jeep & MAC = Mac (as in Mack trucks) :eek: :eek: :eek:
  2. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    The correct (Japanese) pronunciation is KAH-toe: I too always thought that it was KAY-toe, but then I also pronounced Ah-KAH-nay as A-KAYN, and LIE-ma (as in the locomotive works) as LEE-ma. At least I can get AT-las right. :rolleyes::p:-D:-D

  3. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Lol Wayne! Forgot about the Lie-ma/Lee-ma thing.

    Wonder what else is out there (damn English and word pronunciation).
  4. baldwinjl

    baldwinjl Member

    I believe that I have read that Mr. Kato pronounces if KAH-toe, but will answer to either, especially if you are buying his stuff! I can't see how GP is anything but JEEP, though I am more likely, myself, to say GP 9.
  5. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    I find geep to be convenient, although it's only good as a generic term when the conversation is about a particular model. If you refer to the geeps of a particular road, you should specify the model, though, as there were quite a few, starting with the GP7 and ending with the GP60, with more than a few numbers skipped. Of course, it also helps to distinguish that the letters Gee Pee represent a locomotive rather than a doctor, too. :rolleyes:;):-D:-D
    The subject of pronouncing acronyms as words generally bugs me, too, as most names don't need to be so long that we have to substitute a bunch of letters. There are banks and telecommunication companies out there of which people probably don't even know the full name, and the mish-mash of letters itself is not pronounceable either. The Bank of Montreal has somehow become the BMO, pronounced Bee-Moe: I thought that they'd moved their head office to Missouri. :eek::rolleyes:
    It baffles me that companies with rock-solid sounding names choose to become cutesy acronyms: The Steel Company of Canada became STELCO, Dominion Foundries and Steel Company became DOFASCO, and Northern Telephone and Telecommunications became NORTEL. :eek:
    One that really bothers me is from the steel industry, where the basic oxygen furnace became a BOF, but almost not one steelworker could pronounce it Bee-Oh-Eff: instead we got Boff or Bawf wall1 . What a bunch "off" illiterates. :rolleyes::-D One that I do accept (but only 'cause they slipped it past me) is SCUBA. ;)

    Okay, enough of my rant, thanks for listening. :wave::-D Carry on swimming naked. :killer: ;)

  6. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    Very good point doctor way nee:mrgreen:
  7. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    I guess that's better than doctor whine (English version), doctor way-en (Eirish or Irish version), doctorrrr ween (scottish version), doctor feign (Dutch version), or doktor vain (Hungarian version). ;):-D:-D:-D

  8. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    I cant figure out the pronunciation of gheep.
    It is gp 7, say it fast it is jeepee7
  9. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Mantua. Who knows that one?

  10. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    The most common version that I've heard is Man-Too-Ah. Although some also have been known to pronounce it Tyke-Oh. :p;):-D:-D

  11. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    According to their website, Man-too-ah is wrong.

  12. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    I always heard it as:

    man -- chew -- a (as in uhhh)
  13. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    And the New Haven called their Geeps, Ders...and the number designation didn't even match that of the builders....Enough to confuse someone thats already confused..
    And you guys ain't helping much either..........
  14. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    And my dictionary shows it as man-tyou-ah. :rolleyes:

  15. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    Did you ever feel like... were talking to yourself and no one was listening?

    It is GeeP!

    Gheep? I think not. Who ever it was that was trying to educate you so you wouldn't sound the fool- is a fool.

    Gee P- General Purpose. Gheeesh! G+P = Jeep

    I keep tryin' to learn ya's.

  16. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Mickey is right:thumb:. It is Man-Chew-Uh after Mantua, New Jersey where the original company was founded.

  17. puddlejumper

    puddlejumper Member


    Well this turned out to be a pretty fun and interesting discussion!

  18. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    So the part highlighted in red would be pronounced jeepy? :p;):-D:-D:-D

    Ah! Diction and pronunciation from New Joisey! :p;):-D:-D:-D

    Around here, it's Bom-Bar-Dyay, although they probably do a better job of it in Quebec. (Kay-Beck)

  19. puddlejumper

    puddlejumper Member

    I have heard this one as Bomb-bar-d-yay and also as bomb-bar-deer
  20. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    That's because you've been watching too many war movies!

    "Pilot to Bom-bar-deer! Pilot to Bomb-bar-deer!"


    Since we're into questionable pronunciations, and it is a railroad forum, how about a railroady pronounciation mystery? The Detroit and Mackinac?

    A french-speaker would pronounce the first "Dee-trwah" (rolling the 'r'), and how the heck do you get Mac-in-awe out of the latter? ;)

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