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Poll #686669 Coyote

Which of the following best reflects how you pronounce the word 'coyote'?

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elanya From: elanya Date: March 8th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)

That's a tricksy one...

I probably *usually* used option three, especially when i am talking about the animals in the east, where I am familiar with them, ie. Joel's cats keep getting eaten by KOY-oats.
However I have been known to use any of the others when talkign for about the trickster spirit, or coyotes in areas where I am not familiar with them personally. So, um, coyotes in, sa, nevada are just as likely to be koy-YO-tees as kye-YO-tees (but not KOY-oats).... Although I may use the -tay coyotes only for the trickster.

So how is that for odd? ;p KYE-oats probably also eat Joel's cats at times too ;p
elanya From: elanya Date: March 8th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: That's a tricksy one...

I also tend to youer the ___-YO-tee/tay more with Americans, because I always expect they will look at me fuinny for talking about KOY-oats.
forthright From: forthright Date: March 8th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: That's a tricksy one...

Oh, Lannie. Always making things complicated, aren't you? ;P
elanya From: elanya Date: March 8th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: That's a tricksy one...

'foiling Steve' is in my job description! :V
fiachra From: fiachra Date: March 8th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Kye-oh-tee, no particular emphasis on any syllable. That's how everyone in my neck of the woods sez it.
ekatarina From: ekatarina Date: March 8th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I say more "kye-OA-dee" for general purposes. That "t" turns into a dental "d".

On occassion I will use "KYE-oat" as a marked form. Usually along with the rest of the sentence in a drawl.

forthright From: forthright Date: March 8th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
It's not actually a 'd', it's an alveolar tap, which is what happens to both 't' and 'd' in unstressed syllables between two vowels. It's why, for most people, 'ladder' and 'latter' are homonyms when pronounced informally.
ekatarina From: ekatarina Date: March 9th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the correction. I *knew* I should have doubled check that one.

Ekatarina, off to get et bah uh cah-yote
sorceror From: sorceror Date: March 8th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that we in North America at least have been unduly influenced by that cartoon with the running bird and ACME explosive products.
forthright From: forthright Date: March 8th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
No doubt. But I was thinking: Do they actually *pronounce* Wile E. Coyote's name very often at all? Usually you just see it on his mailbox, on a letter, or something like that, because there's no dialogue in those cartoons.
From: urban_homestead Date: March 8th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, but if was pronounced coy-oh-TAY, then it would be Wile A. Coyote!
shanmonster From: shanmonster Date: March 8th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I call them kye-YO-tees or kye-dogs, now, but vacillated between kye-YO-tee and KYE-oat as a kid.
prolixfootle From: prolixfootle Date: March 8th, 2006 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm with Ms. Monster. I use kye-YO-tee and KYE-oat pretty much interchangeably.
andsaca369 From: andsaca369 Date: March 8th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
The second, but you knew that already. *g*
From: pauamma Date: March 8th, 2006 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I seem to wobble between koy-YO-tee/tay and kay-, when speaking/thinking in English.
longpig From: longpig Date: March 8th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually use both kye-YO-tee and KOY-oat pretty much interchangably.
From: chrysippvs Date: March 8th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am from Jackson, MS and tend to go with kai-O-tee with little or no Y sound.
rumor_esq From: rumor_esq Date: March 8th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I voted for kye-YO-tee but I use that term *and* KYE-oat. I *think* I use the term I voted for a bit more often, but I'm not really sure.
lemur_man From: lemur_man Date: March 8th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
K[schwa]-YO-tee. Don't understand the 'oat' pronunciations at all.
marochka_raduga From: marochka_raduga Date: January 12th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
kye-OH-dee. I would have gone with kye-YO-tee, but there's no need to add the superfluous Y once you've already said "kye", and in Texas we're too laid-back to say "tee" with a strong t sound. If I say it carefully, I actually say it more like "kye" and then immediately following, the word "oaty", like "fruity oaty bar" from the movie Serenity. Even so, if I say "oaty" quickly, it'll have a d sound, not precise, like they say it in the commercial. Alan Tudyk, also from Texas, exclaims as Wash in the movie, "The oaty bar?!", and he says it like "THUH OH-dee BAH-ur?!"

Gosh, I love the wide variations in our language around the globe!
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