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Pronunciation of 'Traceur'
« on: December 21, 2008, 10:24:22 AM »
First let me say that this is a non-issue. Words have no importance in what we do, in my opinion.

I have heard many people pronounce traceur as tr-ACE-er.  But I really do not think that this is correct.  As a word with French origins, I'm fairly certain that it should be pronounced tr-AH-sur.

I don't have much experience with the French language, but I have a friend who speaks it as her first language having grown up in Belgium. I showed her the word and asked her to pronounce it as if she were speaking French and she immediately said "tr-AH-sur".  When I suggested the pronunciation "tr-ACE-er" she practically laughed at it.

What are your experiences?

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Re: Pronunciation of 'Traceur'
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2008, 10:30:23 AM »
It's a French word, and the French pronunciation is fairly obvious. Tr-AH-sur. But that's kind of awkward to say in English, because of the "r" sound and the strange emphasis on the "sur" part of the word. So, you were right, but you can say whatever you want. Tracer, like tr-ACE-er, is much easier to say in English, even though it's not really the correct pronunciation.
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Re: Pronunciation of 'Traceur'
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2008, 10:33:27 AM »
I'm pretty sure the French would be as your friend said, because she speaks the language and all.  That said, I agree with you that words don't really have a lot of meaning with what we do, and I think it's okay that people say "tr-ACE-er" to an extent.  Since we've translated all of the other terms into english ("kong vault" instead of "saut de bras"), then I don't see a problem with translating "traceur" into "tracer."

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Re: Pronunciation of 'Traceur'
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2008, 10:49:43 AM »
Just a minor discrepancy, Eli, but "saut de bras" is the French term for cat leap, not kong vault.  ;)

But I agree, terms really don't have much meaning in Parkour.
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Re: Pronunciation of 'Traceur'
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2008, 11:00:41 AM »
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Re: Pronunciation of 'Traceur'
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Re: Pronunciation of 'Traceur'
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2008, 12:42:18 PM »
I pronounce it "tray-sur" :D it might be butchering the word but thats how I say it

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Re: Pronunciation of 'Traceur'
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2008, 08:50:39 PM »
according to that the link in that thread you posted.  It was tra-sur, with a short a.
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Re: Pronunciation of 'Traceur'
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2008, 09:15:18 PM »
Hahaha. i say it like trah soor. tracer just sounds funny. though the meaning makes sense it just sounds funny. and im pretty sure the french pronunciation isnt tray-sir.

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Re: Pronunciation of 'Traceur'
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2008, 05:39:02 AM »
Hahaha. i say it like trah soor. tracer just sounds funny. though the meaning makes sense it just sounds funny. and im pretty sure the french pronunciation isnt tray-sir.
 

yeah I do to, it just seems to sound better
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Re: Pronunciation of 'Traceur'
« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2008, 09:40:13 AM »
Well, like I said before, the real pronunciation is tra- (as in "trap") -ceur (as in "sir".)  There isn't much more to it.  But you can say whatever you want, it doesn't matter.
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