Is it pronounced "koo-pon" or "kyoo-pon"?

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How do you pronounce "coupon"?

  1. "koo-pon"

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  2. "kyoo-pon"

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  1. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Random question-of-little-consequence-of-the-day:
    How do you and your neighbors and schoolmates and coworkers pronounce the word "coupon"?

    Dictionary.com says
    Coupon [koo-pon, kyoo-], related to cope and coup, is of French origin, from colpon (piece cut off).

    It has developed an American pronunciation variant [kyoo-pon] ... with an unhistorical y-sound not justified by the spelling. This pronunciation is used by educated speakers and is well-established as perfectly standard, although it is sometimes criticized. Its development may have been encouraged by analogy with words like curious, cupid, and cute, where c is followed by a “long u” and the [y] is mandatory.​
    Despite my personal fondness for the sound of "q", I learned to say coupon as koo-pon, and that's how everyone I deal with daily says it, but I hear it both ways on the radio.

    In the U.S., is the distinction a regional thing? Which region?

    Is there more consistency within other English-speaking countries?
     
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  3. Chundles macrumors G4

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    rasta-FAR-ee-an.

    Dat's how it is maan.

    Where's me rum?
     
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I pronounce coupon either way. It's funny, but it's like saying 9 in Japanese. It can be pronounced ku or kyu.
     
  5. iRachel macrumors 6502a

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    I say Kyoo-pon, and so do most of my friends and family in the Chicago area - where you tend to here a lot of the "kyoo" pronunciation. I live in wisconsin now, and people make fun of the way I say it - most people up here say "koo-pon."
     
  6. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    What about Koo-pin. I'm a cut me some Koopins.
     
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    Yep.

    Both ways for 9 (in Japanese) and both ways for coupon.
     
  9. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    I think both are acceptable but I've always said koo-pon. Just like ant for aunt and Call-oh-rad-oh instead of non-coloradans who say call-oh-rod-oh or call-oh-rad-uh.
     
  10. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    I've always said "koo-pon", but I do think it's a regional thing. I'm originally from the Midwest (IL), but my wife is from the South (TN). She says "kyoo-pon". But then she also says "po-in-set-i-ah" as part of her dipthonged arsenal. Ain't that "koot". :p
     
  11. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    I say "koo-", but my parents say "kyoo-." I can't remember if I used to say it like they do (they and I grew up in Buffalo, NY) and changed since I've moved around the country or if I've always said "koo-".
     
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    I pronounce it kyoo-pon. Everyone in my family pronounces it like that, so I did to. However I realized everyone seems to pronounce it with a koo. So I try and say koopon now. But I have to say it just doesn't feel right.

    It's funny you started this thread because I really didn't think anyone else pronounced it like my family does. Thanks :)
     
  15. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    Just out of curiosity, does anyone here say Call-o-rad-oh instead of Call-o-rod-oh? If so, do you live in Colorado?
     
  16. Kingsly macrumors 68040

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    aeg or egg? Ant or awwnt? Speghetti or bisquetti? The list goes on and awn.
     
  17. Nermal Moderator

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    I've never heard it pronounced "kyoopon".

    I always assumed it was Coll-o-rah-do :eek:
     
  18. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    You're not a Coloradan like myself unless if you pronounce it -rad-. Most out of state people say -rod-. The name derives from the spanish word colorado, which is pronounced -rod-, but the state technically should be pronounced -rad-.
     
  19. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    I think the difference in pronunciation comes from the original French pronunciation (koo-pon) and the anglicised version which adds the "y" in the typical fashion of British English. Here in the U.S. we don't typically add the "y" sound before the letter U but I guess both pronunciations can be found here. I grew up saying "kyoo-pon."
     
  20. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    Separatist militants pronounce it as, coup-on! That's my little joke for today. :)
     
  21. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

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    I have heard people say kyoopon, it's usually the people who say school as "skyull."

    Around here we get terlut for toilet, hellur for hello, doering for doing. It's fun.
     
  22. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Were you kyooped up, all day at home? :p Whoops. That's a "coo" miscue. Okay, little, deuce kyoop, then.
     
  23. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    "Hellur!"
    "What's up?"
    "Just doering to do my business at the terlut!"

    Never did I think doing could be a three syllable word. I should try talking this way and see what sort of reactions I get. :D
     
  24. Kingsly macrumors 68040

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    :D
     
  25. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, I'm from Chicago too and I call it kyoo-pon. But it's not something I stick with; sometimes a koo-pon slips out.
     

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