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OK, this is to settle a bet...

How do you pronounce the last name of the famous valley climber Salathe?

Is it Sal-a-thay?
Is it Sa-lathe? (As in the woodworking tool)
Or is it Sa-lay-thee?

Or does any on really know...Wink


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The first one, Sa-la-thay
-JR


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I'd go with these if interested in being CORRECT. But go with the popular one above if you want to fit in.

DMT

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We pronounce it sa-LAH-thee, and have for many years.

-- John Salathe Jr. (salathe@olypen.com), October 10, 2002.
As my grandfather said it is pronounced sa-la-thee. None of my teachers can pronounce it.

-- Max Tyler Salathe (ssalathe@surlatable.com), November 26, 2002.


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So actually option #3 is closest to correct, thanks DINGUS, this site is occasionally useful for something...


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I thought it was pronounced Sal-ath. With a silent 'e' at the end. I guess I figured it was French maybe.


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polarwid wrote:
So actually option #3 is closest to correct, thanks DINGUS, this site is occasionally useful for something...

Sure thing dude. A mentor of mine worked in the valley a couple of years and grew up in Modesto. He worked in Robbins climbing shop a couple of years more and guided for a while too.

Anyway, he'd met the dude apparently and he's a stickler for crisp pronunciation (even when he's wrong, haha) and he always said it that way. Say la thee, jeez i thought he was full of shit!

I used to chortle too. He pronounces chasm with a 'ch' sound so he isn't infallible. I'd sorta forgotten about it till I stumbled on your post. Did a google search and bang, first hit, pretty amazing really. Low and behold my buddy Stu is right... again.

So it scratched an old itch for me too.

Cheers
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dingus wrote:
I'd go with these if interested in being CORRECT. But go with the popular one above if you want to fit in.

DMT

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We pronounce it sa-LAH-thee, and have for many years.

-- John Salathe Jr. (salathe@olypen.com), October 10, 2002.
As my grandfather said it is pronounced sa-la-thee. None of my teachers can pronounce it.

-- Max Tyler Salathe (ssalathe@surlatable.com), November 26, 2002.

Like Tahquitz. Alomst everyone says "Tah-keets" but, supposedly, the word is from a native American language, and is pronounced "Tah-kwits."

Jay


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Not to mention those poor guys Münter, Dülfer and Güllich, whose names contain phonetics not available to the anglo-american vocal apparatus. Laugh

- Daniel


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I thought it was pronounced J-i-m spelled Billy. Not sure but that’s what I always called him.


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Yeah and if folks try to approximate one of the suggested miwok pronunciations of Tuolumne they get laughed at!

Cheers
DMT


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how is Chouinard pronounced?


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blak di-mend


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This is a little off topic, but this thread reminded me of one of my all time favorite words/conversation topics: Shibboleth

"Today, in the English language, a shibboleth is any word or phrase that can be used to distinguish members of a group from outsiders. The word is also sometimes used in a broader sense to mean specialized jargon, the proper use of which identifies speakers as members of a particular group or subculture.

The term originates from the Hebrew word ??????, which literally means "stream, torrent".[2] It derives from an account in the Hebrew Bible, in which pronunciation of this word was used to distinguish members of a group (like the Ephraimites) whose dialect lacked a /?/ sound (as in shoe) from members of a group (like the Gileadites) whose dialect did include such a sound.
In the Book of Judges, chapter 12, after the inhabitants of Gilead inflicted a military defeat upon the tribe of Ephraim (around 1370–1070 BC), some Ephraimites crossed secretly into Gilead's territory in an attempt to escape retribution. In order to identify and kill these disguised refugees, the Gileadites put each refugee to a simple test:
"And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;
Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand." (Judges 12:5-6, KJV)"

From:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shibboleth

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