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    Default Correct pronunciation please?

    Perhaps an Italian speaker could clear up this point?
    Is "Grassi" pronounced phonetically...ie. as in "grassy knoll" or "Marijuana"(), or is the correct pronunciation Grat-si, where the double S is treated as the letter Z?
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    a bit like like the " weed" ( Grass) sound but rolling the R a little bit more than what one would do in English , so it is Grass(ie) but remember the A sound in Italian is a bit like " Uh" not like AE like in many English words. It is the plural of the word " Grasso" which means " Fat"......

    Absolutely not TZ or TS.....the doubles are in Italian invariably a shorter an a bit more powerful and abrupt pronunciation of the consonant by itself

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    Thou shalt pronounce the grass in a British English manner (but with a short 'a') but thou shalt not smoke it lest it giveth thyself ideas.

    (edit: added a 'but' for clarification)
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    My thanks to you both.
    I gave myself the odds of 8 to 5 that milandro would come up with the comprehensive and complete answer....I was not disappointed.
    Now, being certain of the pronunciation, my de-lacquered, Paua encrusted Professional 2000 will now be the "Skunk".
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    Default Re: Correct pronunciation please?

    or " Ganja......."

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    Quote Originally Posted by tictactux View Post
    Thou shalt pronounce the grass in a British English manner (with a short 'a') .
    No, because in English the "a" in grass is long (as in arse) unlike as in *** (which also means donkey - I have to clarify that as it shows like asterisks).

    Hmm, US word censor, allows the offensive word but not the donkey.

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    Default Re: Correct pronunciation please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Thomas View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tictactux View Post
    Thou shalt pronounce the grass in a British English manner (with a short 'a') .
    No, because in English the "a" in grass is long (as in arse) unlike as in *** (which also means donkey - I have to clarify that as it shows like asterisks).
    Oops, I mean to write "BUT with a short 'a'". Hrnghh. Bloody keyboard. Bloody computer. Bloody Monday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by milandro View Post
    or " Ganja......."
    Absolutely...just perfect! Mine is now the Grassi Ganja.

    Pete, You are correct in my view...I too always take a barth, not a baath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Beeflat View Post
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    or " Ganja......."
    Absolutely...just perfect! Mine is now the Grassi Ganja.
    I always thought those leaves on the little Grassi wreath looked a bit funny...
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    .........and don't forget that the pads of the Jade Rollers were bright GREEN

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    Yup, it's a smokin' horn.

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    don't bogart that horn my friend, pass it over to me.......

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    Default Re: Correct pronunciation please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Thomas View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tictactux View Post
    Thou shalt pronounce the grass in a British English manner (with a short 'a') .
    No, because in English the "a" in grass is long (as in arse) unlike as in *** (which also means donkey - I have to clarify that as it shows like asterisks).

    Hmm, US word censor, allows the offensive word but not the donkey.
    That's my fault. I unbanned "arse" from the censored word list because I like to use that mild epithet myself. And, in the US at least, it is not viewed as a particularly offensive word.

    I think the reason why A** was eventually put on the list is because in all the years I've been reading this forum, I can't recall the word ever being used innocuously to describe a donkey.
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    Ok, this is the funniest thread of the week. I knew I subscribed to this area for more than just info on Grassi horns! Cheech and Chong would be proud of us. So, grazie!

    My prefs: Grr (lightly rolled r) - ah (as in ganja) - seee (as in, "see here, pass that over my way, will ya?") Grr-ah-see!


    Now I'm wondering... what about Ida? Is it eye-dah as in Idaho? or ee-dah as in Edy?
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    you need to double that SSeeeeee

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    Dont forget Jesus rode on a colt the foal of an ***. I had to say this to see if it came up with asterisks.

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    It did

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian G View Post
    It did
    Smartass.


    Well that worked...

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    I am Italian.
    ''Grassi'' sounds like ''Gr'' of Grateful, A of American (not the 'a' of apple.. the 'a' of ganja or mafia), then the s of 'sex' pronounced twice (it last double the time of a single s) and at the end you need a 'i' which is found in 'imagine' or 'England'.. a bit tricky for you american/british :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Beeflat View Post
    Now, being certain of the pronunciation, my de-lacquered, Paua encrusted Professional 2000 will now be the "Skunk".


    Now how do you guys pronounce 'Paua' which looks like the Maori word
    for abalone ?

    Those little pearls on the keys are similar to paua.
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