Londoners- how do you pronounce "quay"?

Old Oct 8th, 2008, 03:54 AM
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Londoners- how do you pronounce "quay"?

In Toronto we pronounce it "key" (ie Queens Quay = Queens Key)

How do you pronounce West India Quay?
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 03:58 AM
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Go with India Key.
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 03:59 AM
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I am not a Londoner ,but I would pronounce it KEY!
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 04:04 AM
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Thanks. I guess I could have just looked it up on wikipedia:

>>A quay, pronounced 'key', is a wharf or bank where ships and other vessels are loaded. A quay may be constructed parallel or perpendicular to the bank of a waterway. The word is commonly used in United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and in some of the former British colonies<<

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quay

English is so weird.
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 04:24 AM
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It has the same roots as the French Quai and the Dutch Kaai, though they are pronounced differently.
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 04:41 AM
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It's a common ending to names of seaside towns - Newquay, Torquay etc. It's said key.
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 06:09 AM
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It really never occurred to me it was pronounced any way other than kay. OK, I've already learned my one new thing for the day, I can go back to bed.
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 08:51 AM
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It's always been KEY for me. I'm surprised others would pronounce it differently.
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 08:57 AM
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It's always been "key" for me, but in the song "The Star of the County Down" it's pronounced Cay (to rhyme with Bantry Bay), so there are variations in these islands.

I live near West India Quay (and various other local quays) and I occasionally hear people pronouncing it Kway - but perhaps they've only heard of the pop singer a few years ago called Finlay Quaye (to set off at a wild tangent).
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 10:04 AM
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No - in the US Quay isn't common usage - and no one would suspect it would be pronounced "key". Just like most people say Green-which and Glou-cest-er. (People from the NE usually use the British pronunciations.) But lots of times I hear tourits asking for Green-which Village - instead of Gren-itch.
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 11:49 AM
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Glou-cest-er

Or, if you're Russian submariners whose boat has run aground, "Gloo-chest-er".

(TRaC, TRaC is one of the funniest movies of all time, IMO.)
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 12:21 PM
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Blimey, if they were trying to get a submarine to Gloucester, they would be aground.

Oh, Gloucester, Mass., I suppose....
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 12:39 PM
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In the US, we have keys. Florida Keys, Key West, Key Largo, same idea, same pronunciation, different spelling.
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 02:14 PM
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Continuing the nautical theme - how about "buoy"?
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 02:16 PM
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Boo-ee.
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 02:17 PM
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Buoy - we say boy, Americans and Canadians(?) sound the u, making it bu-ie.
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 02:18 PM
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But then you say tomayto and we say tomahto. You say erb we say herb.
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 02:31 PM
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I have a theory, that I believe is all mine.

OK....No one really knows where it comes from.

My theory: French: "Au Quai"

"Is the boat fine?"
"Yes it is au quai (ok)"

"Has the shipment arrived?"
"Yes it is all au quai (ok)"
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 02:55 PM
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I love Newquay - pronounced nookey.
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"Buoy - we say boy, Americans and Canadians(?) sound the u, making it bu-ie."

hetismij, this Canadian says "boy", but the fellows I have sailed with in Nova Scotia all say "boo-ee". Not sure what other Can-a-juns say.

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