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Why do so many people in the music industry pronounce "Rickenbacker" incorrectly?

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  1. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

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    A mild, and probably nonsensical mini-rant. Please bear with me. Thanks.

    Lately, I've noticed something that never really caught my attention, before... Most noticeably at the local GC, just all the entire staff pronounces Rickenbacker as Rickenbocker.

    After noticing it there, I watched a few You Tube videos, and sure enough, a number of people selling them on the net pronounce it "Rickenbocker" too.

    I've owned my Rick for over 40 years, and I never remember anyone mispronouncing the name, much less groups of people who are supposed to be "in the know", so to speak.

    It's RickenbAcker (backer), not Rickenbocker (bocker).

    Is it really that difficult to pronounce? Really? lol

    :bag:
     
  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    And, Alembic as Olympic, Takamine as Taka-meany, etc.
     
  3. AdamR

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    Sorry Frankie, Im guilty.
     
  4. phishaholik

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    People pronounce it that way because that's how the name would be pronounced. The family changed their name to sound more American with the "backer" sound. The "bocker" sound just sounds more natural to our ears.

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  6. remainthesame

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    How do you know YOU haven't been the one mispronouncing it all this time?
     
  7. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

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    Adam! No! Not you, too! Say it isn't so!
     
  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    The company name is often pronounced /ˈtækəmaɪn/ in English. Closer to the Japanese would be /tɑːkɑːˈmiːneɪ/.
     
  9. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    How certain are you that Rickenbocker is not the proper phonetic way? I am not doubting you as I have always said backer, I just have never known anybody employed by them so I couldn't say for certain now that you bring it up.

    Epifani is called epihany all the the time, it is pronounced ep-a-fawn-e. When I ordered my Epifani cabinet the store folks all assumed I was butchering Epiphone (which I have hear called Epiphany but I have heard Gibson reps call it Ep-a-phone)

    I do not like how so many people are "die hard" Rush fans but they cannot even pronounce Neil Peart properly (Hint: It isn't Pert and he says it on one of their albums)
     
  10. billiam5billion

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    I smell a TB pronunciation guide sticky.
     
  11. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

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    lol, One of my in-law's last name is Rickenbacker. Not part of "the family" though, so no special discounts, or anything. :scowl:
     
  12. AdamR

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    Yes I pronounce it bocker, But English was never my strong point.
     
  13. remainthesame

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    so? the name "pulaski" can be pronounced ski or sky depending on where youre from.
     
  14. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    If in doubt, I ask the persons themselves, or look for an interview or something so I can hear them pronounce their name directly.

    (For Takamine, a second-generation Japanese friend pronounced it for me.)
     
  15. remainthesame

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    we might have a potato potahto thing on our hands
     
  16. xring

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    I've pronounced it bocker since my first one in 1978. I've had 4 of the damn things and will continue to do so, I suppose.
     
  17. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    Just had an Italian restaurant open in town, Girolamo's Pizza.

    Wanna guess?

    Your-a-lame-o Pizza?

    Nope, rhymes with "Jeronimo!" because I asked the owner.
     
  18. rude_basstard

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    Hold up; then how in the hell DO you pronounce Takamine?
     
  19. Pet Sounds

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    I'm with you, OP. Nobody ever called him Eddie Rickenbocker.
     
  20. rude_basstard

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    "You're-a-lame-o" is how the owners of the Greek restaurant next door pronounce it.
     
  21. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

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    I'm not certain, at all! Just thought I'd throw it out there, for discussion. I'm not even sure there is really no definitive answer.

    As i mentioned, I do have a relative with that last name and his family pronounces it "...backer". I asked him about it a week or so, ago, he said he remembers his Grandmother back in the late 1940's pronouncing it that way, too.

    I recall learning about a pretty famous WWI pilot by the name of Eddie Rickenbacker. and he pronounced it that way, also.
    Here's the wiki on him.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Rickenbacker


    ...and "..bocker' doesn't sound right, at all.
     

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