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Rahul
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Today , i was talking with a guy in my college who has a Gibson Les Paul.(And he got a Fender MIA telecaster one month ago...envious me ! )

He was calling up the words 'Les Paul' as 'le paul'.This means the 'S' in 'Les' is silent ?

I cannot believe , if this is the way to call it.All the time i have been saying it like 'Less Paul' only.

Very trivial question.Lets see what's the correct way. :wink:

Rahul


   
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StormyMonday
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You're pronouncing it correctly. The "s" is not silent. Pronounced like "less"


   
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You're pronouncing it correctly. The "s" is not silent. Pronounced like "less"

And I'll double certify that. :D You are correct Mr Rahul. Please collect your prize. Or take his Le Paul away until he pronunciates it correctly. hehe :lol:

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Most people that I know, would pronounce it Lez Paul (other than the Germans, of course).

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It's pronounced "Lezz", rather than "Less". It's short for Lester which is pronounced "Less-ter" admittedly, but it's the same as the shortening of Leslie in that respect.

Just be thankful Les changed his surname to Paul from Polsfuss (sp?) :)

edit: Doh! did I really get distracted for over 5 minutes while typing that? One of the perils of posting from work I guess :roll:

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Are you people making this up?

It's "Less."

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Are you people making this up?

It's "Less."

Psst.. They're from cross the big pond. Maybe a difference in pronunciation? Then again, actually I pronounce it Lezzz too. OMG.. I'm in the wrong country. :lol: 8) Umm.. sorry.. outburst complete.

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:lol:

Well, Mary Ford says "Less" and she should know. Just youtube any of their videos together.

P.S. Now seems like a good time to ask: how do you pronounce "geoo"?

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How about we split the difference "LESZ" Paul? Or just call it an LP! Don't ask me what your favorite Color/Colour is though!

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Misanthrope
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100% serious :) How do you guys pronounce "Les" as in "Leslie", S or Z?

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P.S. Now seems like a good time to ask: how do you pronounce "geoo"?

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Given the capability to change it, I would. :( I am not familiar with Mary Ford or why she would know.. But I will take your word for it. :D Its LESS from now on for me. Sorry other fellas. But its still not Le Paul.. Least not outside of France.

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100% serious :) How do you guys pronounce "Les" as in "Leslie", S or Z?

Honestly I have heard it both ways over here. I know some Lesslies and I know a Lezlie.. Both spelt Leslie

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geez don't they have Google in india?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Paul

it's his freakin name!

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I see where your friend is coming from though Rahul. Les is a french form of the the word "The".

"Le" being masucline singular,

"La" being feminie singluar,

"L' " for words starting with vowels, and

"Les" for plural.

There are somg exceptions of course.

Even though, "Les" in french isn't pronounced as "Less", it's more like "lay".

Thats the only way I've ever heard people confuse it, by saying it like it was french, resulting in "Lay Paul".

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Yes, but, then, he'd have to pronounce the lot in French - Lay Pohl.

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