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3:12 am on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've Googled away but nothing. How do you pronounce Tabke?
5:05 am on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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tab-ke

tab (as per put it on the tab)
ke (as in the hard "c" in could I pay it next month)
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5:24 am on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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"tab-key"

I too was unsure until a friend told me it. He also heard it on a local radio.

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6:11 am on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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So is it Tab-keh or Tab-key?
7:57 am on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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-ke like the first syllable in Kevin.
8:08 am on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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> -ke like the first syllable in Kevin.

Funny..I always thought it was "key" as in the "keys". But I'm pretty sure Brett can answer it correctly.

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Of course I may be wrong. And you're right: It's Brett's decision.
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sidyadav (msg 3) is correct.
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lol, ya.
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would be a cool game, wouldn't it? Having words/names and people have to guess how to pronounce it. :) That would be cool.
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"tab-key"

Alt Key
Ctrl Key
...and WebmasterWorld has it's own Tab Key
Talk about keyboard shortcuts! ;)
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unless you're quite Irish, nobody's guessing my name correctly. I'll take any bets.. even the pronunciation guides for baby names with wav files attached on the web, are quite wrong.

what a childhood. I tell ya...

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I guess it's not "Fy-ver" or "Fivv-er" then...
Fay-vur? Fee-vur? Fah-vour? :)
2:52 am on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Having words/names and people have to guess how to pronounce it.

It's not so fun when it's your own name. ;)

3:05 am on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I stand corrected, the net has caught up. Or at least some proper folk put up the correct pronunciation. I guess it's been a couple of years since I looked :?

still an empty web for the traditional spelling though. Any guesses on Naoisiu? ;)

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"nice you"?
8:34 am on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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"Now is you"?
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That's a lovely name, Naoisiu. I've never heard of it, I'm afraid. Is it pronounced neesh-oo? Is it realated to Naoise, or another form of that name? If so it is very difficult to write a pronunciation for the "aoi". Ostensibly, Naoise can be pronounced nee-sha, but unlike with the english pronunciation, the "ee" part here does not mean that your mouth makes a smile, instead, your lips should be pursed, your cheeks should be taut and the "aoi" sound comes from behind the teeth. Gaelic is not an easy language to speak or pronounce (or describe how to pronounce for that matter) but at least people will remember you, not least, because of your original name.
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1:56 pm on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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:) Yes, it is Naoise in fact. Naoisiu is a more traditional Gaelic spelling (which I truly only learned a couple of years ago when I finally made it back home after a .. long time) - The iu emphasises an 'uh' sound at the end instead of an 'aa'. Think of it as the u in 'must'.

I've never had anyone in Ireland or elsewhere who has commented on the aoi pronounciation before. Reading it from a book is just plain confusing. I'm sure I don't have the subtlties quite right myself, so no worries if anybody else misses the mark ;)

I do have some Irish speaking friends though, so when I'm home next I'll start bugging them about the details.

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Thanks for that. I don't know why but I thought you had an accent on the u which is why I said 'oo' instead of the softer 'uh'. With regard to the pronunciation, that is my own take on it, others may differ, but it is a sound that you don't get in English. So is your name Naoise or Naoisiu? Was it Naoise to begin with and did you change it?
Am very curious
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3:26 pm on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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My birth certificate is for Naoise :)

I don't know that my parents even knew of a more traditional spelling - I learned it recently from someone else. I think things are confusing enough without adding yet another vowel - besides, I'm over being picky about people getting my name right, and life is easier now ;)

I think I'll email my little brother and ask him about the accent above the u, he should be able to figure that out... he takes Irish in school and his father speaks a little. Better than my Canadian French I'm sure..

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On the subject of Irish names and pronunciations, you should try having the surname "Heraghty". Even about 75% of Irish people get it wrong.
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Fiver
I meant that I had misread it, there's no reason for there to be an accent on the u, it was my mistake, so don't bother your brother. As names go, Naoise is a great one with a great history. When you first asked people to guess your name, and others thought of things like "Fy-ver" etc. I thought your name sounded similar to fiver. The closest I could think of was "fadhb", pronounced "fibe", but meaning "problem", so I reckon you got off fairly lightly. Michael, with regards to surnames, just don't get me started.
le gach dea ghui
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8:18 pm on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Getting back on topic (the Tabke/Tabkey pronunciation debate). When Microsoft took Mike Rowesoft to court because his name sounded like their patented product, did they win? Could Brett claim a dubious patent on the "tabkey" as it sounds like his surname? Only kidding, obviously.Anyway, enough waffling, was there a specific reason the original poster wanted to know the proper pronunciation (to ask for his autograph, for example) or was it just one of those things?
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1:28 am on May 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I was just curious. I always read it as Tab-ke but it didn't seem right. Guess it was.

"When Microsoft took Mike Rowesoft to court because his name sounded like their patented product, did they win?"
Ha!

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Finally got an answer to a question I would have never dared asking :)
8:13 am on May 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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When Microsoft took Mike Rowesoft to court because his name sounded like their patented product, did they win?

Yes they did. Mike Rowe had to handover the domain. But in return, MS give him some free stuff (ie. free xbox, pass to meet Bill Gates etc.)

So its pretty equal I guess.

Hope this doesn't happen to Brett ;)

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10:07 am on May 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for that Sid. I wasn't actually serious about the court case and patenting, nor was I serious about Brett changing his middle name to altke (as alt and tab complement each other), nor did I think that Brett should change his name to a symbol (a forward arrow on top of a back arrow), akin to Prince, but I do think his name is particularly apt given his profession. On a similar note, how do you pronounce the name 'rfgdxm1'?;)
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er, mikerowesoft.com still forwards to his forums. What? Did MS win the case and just let him keep the forwarding?

That's not an MS-like thing to do.

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Yeah..he had to change his domain/company name.

The fact that it doesn't sound like Microsoft anymore is enough for MS. Fore more info, try searching "MikeRoweSoft" in your favourite search engine.

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