I pronounce it "ahhhh-soooohm."
How do you Pronounce "Nikon"?(81 posts) (41 voices)
... and according to George Bush, it's "Nu-ku-ler weapons"
Sorry... I couldn't help it.
Why does this matter so much? Nai-Kon in America and Nee-Kon in Japan and in England its Ni-Kon. Who cares who says it obviously its correct either way otherwise Nikon USA wouldn't market it with that name. Its as if you have certain common names like Christian or Michael which are pronounced and sometimes even spelled little different from country to country does it really matter? I dont think so.
Oh, good, someone thought we were serious on this thread. Kurve702, you are correct. But some of us are interested in seeing what kind of comments are elicited when goofy threads like this are relighted. Knee-cone. Knee-core
That is it for me.... makes one sound educated when around other photographers who don't know about such things as NRF.
This is the funniest thread ever. I haven't laughed so much since the old Box camera days when we could double expose by mistake and I picked up my snaps and found that instead of riding my favourite horse I was, saddle and all, riding the downtown bridge. LOL.
Knee-Cone.... everyone will think you have a new D4 or D800 then, ha, ha, ha
Or if shooting in an area one wants to project the idea one has a Kool Pix, Oooohhh....lllll...ddd, Kneee-cone.
And make certain you put Gaffer's tape on everything... oh gosh, new thread....
Nick-on, Nye-kon, po-ta-toes, pot-at-oes; who cares - a picture is worth a thousand pronunciations!
Knee-Con! This means you have traveled around the world! Ha, ha, ha.... Or have spent a lot of money on Knee-Con stuff.... or Knee-Core stuff
I'm a Merican and I pronounce Nikon, "Best Damn Camera Ever" ;-)
I am a girl from the South an I pronounce it Neeeeeee......Caaaa...nnn And the answer is No!
Pronounce Nikon as such....The opposite of Nikoff.
OK, from the guys at Photokina..... "Nick-On", this is the final word :-)
I am sure Nikon doesn't care how you pronounce their name as long as you buy their products.
In America many words and many people's names originally from other languages have been altered.
Pronunciation even changes somewhat from region to region in the US.
OK, from the guys at Photokina..... "Nick-On", this is the final word :-)
As it should be. Take the first two three letters of Nikons parent company Nippon, we all know what this spells? Replace the first p with a k and there it is Nik-on. That is exactly how Nippon Kogaku came up with the name.
I gave up years ago pronouncing it the way my friends from Japan said it. At the time I said it their way they were buying a lot of maple syrup from me and then for a number of years I could not even satisfy a fraction of the demand we had for our tree farm best stuff.
Spring 2012 though saw a maple season so hot and atypical that we produced no light fancy syrup at all and lost money on containers, and I could not even pay my son and grandson for their labor. So now when I say Nikon I just say it the way almost everyone does here. donaldejose's answer is right on in terms of Nikon's attitude.
As an older guy on this day (September 23rd, 2012) I wonder if MY OWN EYESIGHT will allow me to keep pace with these new developments. Maybe I should pronounce Nikon as expensive? But this is one of my passions. Any many of you are becoming my extended family. I live in a very isolated place. I have to walk almost a mile to the other side of my farm to get on the Internet. And one reason I pay so much attention to Nikon developments is I have learned from my large format days......bigger gear can be very costly......in more ways than one. I guess we should regard our cameras as just tools.
So to me it is Nikon the usual way. A lot of the subtle nuances and the like get lost anyway. "When in Rome, do as Romans do."
You can quickly tell where someone is (usually) from the way they pronounce things. You can also tell what brand camera they buy and use seconds into your first conversation with them. But I did read this thread and smiled with some of your thoughts. Sorry to display my lack of humor today. Maybe tomorrow I'll cheer up! The fall color is so advanced this year in the Adirondacks it it puzzling. And after a fairly hot and dry summer. Now where did I set my half empty glass?
Any many of you are becoming my extended family. I live in a very isolated place. I have to walk almost a mile to the other side of my farm to get on the Internet.
This would save me so much time! I sometimes think it's a curse how connected we are these days because every spare moment can so easily be filled checking the news for the third time today...
I know I'd have more pictures to show if I wasn't glued to some screen so often!
Back on topic, to express my opinion I'll paraphrase the bible (or The Byrds' cover of Seeger's version, if you prefer): "To everything there is a season. A time to be pedantic and a time to refrain from being pedantic." If I said Nick-on where I'm from, at best people would give me odd looks but it's more likely they just wouldn't understand me. It's "Nai-con" here, like Paul Simon sings it. (With these song references, who'd guess I was born in the 80s?)
Help...this is the humor thread.... not a bit of seriousness exists here only frivolous words of no importance..... However, I think in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, South dakota, especially North Dakota, Nick-on would be really cool, as long as their gun was holstered....:-)
The fact off the matter is it is a 3 syllable word: NI (rhymes with knee, but shorter, more like the Spanish "si") KO (rhymes with "so") and N, which gets a syllable to itself, so that KON sounds something like "cone" but takes the tempo of two syllables. But around here it is pronounced so that it rhymes with "Ziess Ikon".
So how do you pronounce Ikon?
I pronounce it "Io".
The "N" is silent like in "damn".
The "i" is pronounced as in "eye".
The "k" is silent as in "known".
The "o" is pronounced as in "own".
The "n" is silent like in "damn".
BTW - Nikon is a made up corporate contraction so it doesn't matter how you pronounce it. It was thrust upon the world, it did not occur naturally or gradually in the common vocabulary of any language. So do with it what you will.
Now...how do you pronounce "Nabisco"?
I'm a voice and speech nerd from my acting days studying theater. I also went to school in Japan, so I should know. But who really knows anything for certain?
If you silly sallies really want to know how to pronounce Nikon in Japanese here it is.
1) You should familiarize yourself with the International Phonetic Alphabet here
2) For the "i" in Nikon, see the Mid Front un-rounded vowel
3) For the "o" in Nikon, see the mid back rounded vowel
The wikipedia pages have links to the sounds.
The "i" is not the Long E sound in Knee, its much shorter.
If you say the letter E like a machine gun shoots bullets, you will understand how to pronounce the "i" in Japanese.
The "o" is not the long O sound in "own", its much shorter.
If you say the letter O like a machine gun shoots bullets, you will understand how to pronounce the "o" in Japanese.
So, "Got Nikon?"
I need to make a shirt like this with the right font and sell it you foolios.
@R&R: How do you pronounce Nabisco?? That my friend was a really good line on this thread! I also really liked Johnnyapples Paul Simon reference! HockeyMan's was something I had to study fro awhile and nice!
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