How do you pronounce luthier?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Taylor Livingston, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Oregon, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    I've heard people say "LOO-thee-ay" and "LOOTH-ear". Just looked it up online and the dictionary pronunciation is "LOO-tee-er" to almost rhyme with "moodier". :eyebrow: Makes sense, with the original meaning being "maker of lutes", but I've never heard anyone say it like that.

    This strikes me as one of those words where I'd be more likely to get a funny look by pronouncing it right than pronouncing it wrong. Just curious how you guys pronounce it.
  2. loopee

    loopee Supporting Member

    May 12, 2009
    Surrey, B.C. Canada
    try LOO-THEE-ER
  3. jordan_frerichs


    Jan 20, 2008
    I say LOO-THEE-EAR.
  4. loopee

    loopee Supporting Member

    May 12, 2009
    Surrey, B.C. Canada
    but really - it's LOO TEE ER - really
  5. snaverb


    Feb 19, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
  6. lafuria


    Jun 15, 2009
  7. guywhobuildsnicebassesandguitarsprofessionally
  8. I always thought the term was used too loosely. In my mind a luthier makes resonant hollow bodied stringed instruments, UB's cellos and violas..... but thats just the connotation its always held for me.... i say it .. LEW THEE EAR
  9. JulienJeff


    Mar 1, 2009
    If I'm not wrong, "luthier" is a French word, so it should be said with the French accent. I don't know though how to write it so that people understand how we say it in french.
  10. Jordan M

    Jordan M Inactive

    May 10, 2009
    Lute-EE-ay is my interpretation based on my moderate knowledge of the French language.
  11. JulienJeff


    Mar 1, 2009
    yes, something like that
  12. Like "Lucifer" with a lisp :)
  13. I always thought it was Loo-Thi-Er
  14. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Inactive

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Can I get the etymology?
  15. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    It's a French word, and this is correct.
  16. Yeah... we pronounce it, like ... LÜ-(like german umlauted U, not LOO)-TEE-EH-(like canadians, eh?)
  17. Hi.



    While I agree that in every trade You have to have some pride for what You do, sometimes I'm left speechless.

    Perhaps it's because I only sold one of my creations, and that was over 20 years ago, and I never,ever considered myself as a luthier, justa hobbyist instrument builder/repair person. And I can't be as there's no way I can apprentice for it here.

  18. Chipsonfire


    Jul 20, 2007
    Socorro, NM
    +1 This is how I always assumed it was pronounced, being a French word and all.
  19. jworrellbass

    jworrellbass Commercial User

    May 17, 2009
    Colorado Springs CO
    Owner, builder: jworrellbass
    Until you've built a violin, cello, acoustic guitar or some type of acoustic instrument you don't have the right to call yourself a I'm a bass builder.:eyebrow: I've heard it "luth' i ear"
  20. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    I say Luthers ear >=)