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    Default Re: How do you pronounce Hermes?

    Her-mez. I think.

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    Default Re: How do you pronounce Hermes?

    Quote Originally Posted by daisydeadpetals View Post
    I am European, and I speak French as well, and most everyone I've spoken to (here in the States and in several countries in Europe as well) pronounce it "Air-May".

    But then there's me who likes to say "Her-Meez" just for kicks! I've pissed off quite a few saying it like that...
    Sorry I didn't mean to offend you. I've just NEVER heard anyone say "Air-May" - not a French person or a European, and definitely never anyone who lives in the US.
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    Default Re: How do you pronounce Hermes?

    Well I probably won't ever have one so I guess it's OK if I can't say it exactly right.
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    Default Re: How do you pronounce Hermes?

    I've always wondered how to pronounce Hermes as well. But I agree with navymom, I'll probably never own one either!

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    Default Re: How do you pronounce Hermes?

    This is from Wiki Answers: WikiAnswers - What is the correct pronunciation of Hermes


    Answer:

    If you are talking about the Greek God it is Her-Meez.


    If you are talking about the brand Hermès then the 'H' is silent in french, but so is the 'S' at the end of a word, with the exception of just a few words in the language. When the 'S' is at the end of a word it is not pronounced unless it is succeeded by a word that starts with a vowel or the 'H'. This is called a Liaison. For instance the word vous is pronounced "voo". When vous is followed by let's say the word avez it is now pronounced "vooz" and the combined pronunciation is "voo zah-vay" Another example, the word les is pronounced "lay", if it is followed by the word amis the words are now pronounced "lay zah-mee"

    So to be exactly correct you would not pronounce the 'H' or 'S' in Hermès. The accent on top of the the second 'E' is called accent grave (pronounced grahv). It makes the second 'E' sound like a cross between 'eh' and 'ay'. So Hermès is correctly pronounced "Air-Mehy" not "Air-May or "Air-Meh but combined. I hope this makes sense and helps.
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    Default Re: How do you pronounce Hermes?

    I was watching a court TV show and a woman's Hermes scarf was lost by the coat check person at a party. Well, anyway, they said it like this in the show: Air-Maize. ::shrugs::

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    Default Re: How do you pronounce Hermes?

    Hahaha I thought I was the only one wondering about the pronounciation...

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