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Old 11-01-2013, 07:12   #1
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How Do You Pronounce It?

Caribbean: kar-uh-BEE-uhn, or kuh-RIB-ee-uhn? Dictionary says that either is acceptable. I use both, but mostly the first way. My wife always pronounces it the second way. Just curious how most pronounce it, especially those who live there.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:16   #2
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Re: How Do You Pronounce It?

I lived there for around eight years. Most, but not all, of the locals pronounced it "kar-uh-BEE-uhn". Most, but not all who came from somewhere else pronounced it "kuh-RIB-ee-uhn.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:19   #3
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Re: How Do You Pronounce It?

I'm in the BEE camp.

But then I'm from California, lived in the south, then Up-State NY, and now live in the Northeast. Hell in Boston you can walk across the street and words greatly change!
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Around here it's the BEE version. But usually people just say ilons or down ilon.
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:48   #5
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Re: How Do You Pronounce It?

I speak British English, so we run with BEE also.
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Re: How Do You Pronounce It?

i dont care as long as i get there from here with my boat my cat and my life intact...would love a mate, but .....
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Old 11-01-2013, 14:50   #7
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Re: How Do You Pronounce It?

Well, Captain Ron pronounced it kar-uh-BEE-uhn so, who am I to argue with him?

qoute: ...."this is the kar-uh-bee-uhn guys...El Caribe...the Spanish main..!! It's full uh voodoo, hoodoo and all kinda wierd ****..."
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Re: How Do You Pronounce It?

It is a very difficult word to say. You first have to have all parts of your mouth ready and that can take a while. I've noticed that if you have about 4 to 5 Rum Drinks you can generally say all those Caribbean Words just like one of us Locals.
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Re: How Do You Pronounce It?

Both ways depending on the conversation. For example, Royal Caribbean Cruise is "rib" and the Caribbean Sea and Queen are "be"
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Re: How Do You Pronounce It?

Car-uh-BEE-an, mon
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Re: How Do You Pronounce It?

most of the locals refer to the carib as "in de islands(ilons) and north and south of the chain as " up island and down island".
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Re: How Do You Pronounce It?

Years ago my mother was in St Lucia and met a local who claimed to be a descendant of the original Carib Indians which is pronounced ca REEB.

He was quite adamant that the area named after Carib Indians should be pronounced Ca REEB ean
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Re: How Do You Pronounce It?

Bob Marley is in the BEE camp. I consider him an authority so I am also in the BEE camp!
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Re: How Do You Pronounce It?

I grew up in Miami....kar-uh-BEE-uhn.
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Re: How Do You Pronounce It?

I haven't gotten that far. I'm still working on BURGEE
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