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    And I would wish for you to do the same. I just thought the video was funny and that others might see the humor in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by janeray1940 View Post
    So I guess as usual, I'm full of contradictions.
    Me too. I think the number of Hawaiian speakers in my circle of jam buddies is what tipped me toward "ook." Plus I like how it makes me sound excited, as in, "oooooooooohhhhhh-kulele!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfoo6952 View Post
    This pronunciation thing reminds me of a joke. What's the difference between a violin and a fiddle? Answer: a violin has strings, while a fiddle has "straanngs" (pronounced with a Southern accent).
    And I'm having flashbacks to all the discussions on Mandolin Cafe about whether it's "MAN do lin" or "man do LIN"; or just "man-lin".

    Oh, and I say "you kuh lay lee", because I didn't know there was any other way to pronounce it until about 3 or 4 months ago...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfoo6952 View Post
    This pronunciation thing reminds me of a joke. What's the difference between a violin and a fiddle? Answer: a violin has strings, while a fiddle has "straanngs" (pronounced with a Southern accent).
    I love it!
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    I used to say you-koo-lay-lee, but after I started playing, I forced myself self to say it the Hawaiian way. Now I've turned into "that" guy that will tell everyone they're saying it wrong (in a nice way) lol
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    I use all pronunciations at will, randomly, depending on absolutely nothing in particular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScooterD35 View Post
    I use all pronunciations at will, randomly, depending on absolutely nothing in particular.

    What’s life without whimsy?


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    I wish I could be more like you, more shaka...and just be content within my own mind that the facts are the facts, and properly pay homage to the Hawaiian language, but I am already almost a pariah, so I'm trying to minimize that from getting any worse.

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    I have worked as a lexicographer--you know, the guy who makes the dictionary to tell you how to pronounce words. We don't pass judgments. We don't evaluate who has the right to dictate the ukulele's pronunciation. Was it the Portuguese who brought the ukulele to the islands? Is it the islanders? Is it the haole that creates the market for the instrument? No; for us it is purely a democratic process. What does the majority of people say? That's the standard usage and that's what I use. I say ukulele with a "y", I always say it, and I will always say it until such a time as more people say it with an initial "u"

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    Well now, that should be the definitive.
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