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03-26-2010, 12:36 PM   #1
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Silly Noob Question: Bokeh

OK, I know what bokeh is, but ... how do you pronounce it? I looked bokeh up in the dictionary, but couldn't find it.

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It's Japanese, but I've been pronouncing it like Boca Raton anyway.
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Bow Kay is how I pronounce it.
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It just occurred to me to google "pronounce bokeh," and I came across this:

"The correct Japanese pronunciation is bo-ke

bo as in bow
the eh sound like in echo"

There's a number of threads where people are discussing various ways to pronounce it.

I guess I don't feel so silly now for raising the question.


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It is not such a daft question. I've been pronouncing as 'bocar' for the last few years. I did not even know that it was a Japanese word. We learn something new everyday. Now I can join in all the twaddle talked about it, but be the only one there who can pronounce the word correctly.
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It is pronounced Bo (as in bone) and Ke (as in Kenneth) with equal stress on both syllables. This is from Mike Johnston article a number of years ago. He now runs The Online Photographer website.

It doesn't rhyme with joke or sound like bouquet.

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