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Merboy

Merboy
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  3/31/2018

There is a theme park in America (specifically Virginia, so named for one of the greatest Queens Britannia has ever gifted the world) called Busch Gardens. Its theme is the "old country" and features vaious hamlets inspired by: England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Germany, and France. In the hamlet of Ireland there is a new ride opening called "Battle Eire". It's an interactive, motion-simulator VR ride, if you'd like to know. Why? Because Americans love you. Despite, well, everything we have to offer the world currently, we still love (this is, in some cases, in direct opposition to our government. But then again, our government ≠ the people).

Anywho, my question is simple. How on earth does one correctly say the word "Eire". There has been much debate and despite official (American) pronunciations we still have literally no idea how to say it. I looked it up on youtube and heard it was said as "air" or "era". But the commercials for the ride say "Ire".

So, like... what. Please send help. You cannot *imagine* the amount of Irish-descended people in America who have differing opinions on how to say this word and I was just wondering if there was someone who could shed some light on how to say this word.

Thank you all! Erin go bragh!


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xan

xan
United States  


  4/1/2018

Huh. I had no idea there was a debate, I have only heard it as 'ear' but with a smidgen of the breathiness from the German 'sch' consonant.

I'm of a nontrivial percentage of Irish descent, so maybe that counts for something, if that's how you measure etymological relevance? (It's not how I would do it.)

 
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  4/1/2018

I've heard it pronounced "air" OR "airer" here in the UK, but ehh. Maybe there is no definitive pronunciation when it boils down to dialect? :)
 
false.dawn

false.dawn
Ireland  


  4/13/2018  1

Hi! The thing is that you can say it anyway you like in English, but it's an Irish-language word. É in Irish has a similar long sound as é in French - cafÉ. Unstressed e's like at the end of Éire are a flat sort of "uh" sound.

I am trying to think of a good word to compare it to, but the problem is that I have an Irish accent already and you don't. :P And in the UK they pronounce R's differently.

"AIR-ah" is the closest I can think of when I say it.

Edit: maybe it's a pun? Battle Éire = Battle Era???


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