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"Bokeh" - how do you pronounce it?!


ItsOurYear e2
10 183 England
3 May 2007 11:27AM
Having seen "Bokeh" mentioned on here a few times, I always thought it was pronounced "Bokey" (to rhyme with "Jockey") but have been listening to a photography podcast from the US on the way in to work and they're pronouncing it "Boka" (to rhyme with "Joker").

Which is correct (or are both wrong) - is this another example of two countries separated by a common language (vis a vis "Van Gogh" v "Van Go")?

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spaceman e2
10 5.2k 3 Wales
3 May 2007 11:34AM
More like two countries seperated by a bloody stupid word.
Geoffphoto e2
8 13.5k United Kingdom
3 May 2007 11:36AM
I just looked up Bokeh in the dictionary but the entry was blurred..........
HowardA e2
7 231
3 May 2007 11:38AM
Interesting one. It's originally from Japanese and I think in their language would be pronounced bo (as in bomb) and keh (as in Kent). Not that I'm suggesting anyone bombs Kent Wink. I've also heard it as bo (as in boat) and keh (Kent again)! Any more for any more?
lol at Geoff. I guess you might prounce it in slightly more muffled tones if you were standing further away.
peterjones e2
12 4.0k 1 United Kingdom
3 May 2007 12:55PM
Where the XXXX that stupid pretentous word came from I can't imagine .... couldn't give a stuff how it is pronounced unless it is b0!!0cks
User_Removed 10 3.3k Russian Federation
3 May 2007 1:00PM
I thought it was pronounced bukkake...
Geoffphoto e2
8 13.5k United Kingdom
3 May 2007 1:03PM

Quote: I thought it was pronounced bukkake...


Well we all know what websites you frequent now, James !!
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
3 May 2007 1:05PM
I thought it was pronounced "bucket" as in Hyacinth Bucket .

;-D
keith selmes
11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
3 May 2007 3:47PM
I would use one of the HowardA pronunciations, but I think his first one is nearest to japanese pronunciation.
Not that I've ever needed to pronounce it.
c_evans99 e2
11 7.0k 1 Wales
3 May 2007 4:06PM

Quote:Where the XXXX that stupid pretentous word came from I can't imagine .... couldn't give a stuff how it is pronounced unless it is b0!!0cks


Well it's shorter than saying 'the degree and quality of background blur generated by differential focussing'... but God forbid that we accept that foreign words into the English language...
mdpontin e2
10 6.0k Scotland
3 May 2007 4:19PM

Quote:Where the XXXX that stupid pretentous word came from I can't imagine


Japan, I believe. Wink

Any Japanese-speaking people on the forum care to enlighten us as to the correct pronunciation?

Doug
Kim Walton e2
11 144 30 United Kingdom
3 May 2007 4:26PM
Cut the grass
Mow de lawn
---who cares as long as the meaning`s put acrossSmile
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
3 May 2007 4:28PM
You can read all about it here , by the chap who claims to have invented the spelling in 1997!
HowardA e2
7 231
3 May 2007 4:58PM
Good link. "BoatKenneth" it is then. Wink
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
3 May 2007 5:17PM
Looks that way! Wink

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