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02 Oct 2007, 1:26 pm

I first heard of Asperger's last June 21, when my supervisor taunted me by telling me that I had "Ass Burgers." She had only heard about it probably the same day, from a psychologist who works in the same place and who told her that I had Asperger's.

Is the A pronounced the way that most North Americans pronounce the short a? Or is it more of an "ah" sound?

The "p" should be pronounced as a "p", rather than a "b", shouldn't it?

And, is the "g" a hard "g", as in "go", or a soft "g", as in "cage"?

It does seem weird, to have been considered as weird or eccentric my whole life, or as a "dork" in my younger days, suddenly to have this revealed to me when I am 48. I had no idea that I was this obvious.

Anyway, what is the correct pronounciation? I hope that it really isn't "Ass Burgers"



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02 Oct 2007, 1:36 pm

I believe English-speaking people usually pronounce it ass-perg(g as in gun)ers. Hans Asperger is roughly pronounced Hunns Ahspairger in German.



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02 Oct 2007, 1:41 pm

Fedaykin wrote:
I believe English-speaking people usually pronounce it ass-perg(g as in gun)ers. Hans Asperger is roughly pronounced Hunns Ahspairger in German.


Hard or soft "g" in the German? I've never studied German.



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02 Oct 2007, 1:45 pm

I don't know if I can explain this, since it's German and while I speak German too, I don't know phonetics. I also don't know how monolingual English speakers would pronounce it.

You got it right, The p should be pronounced as a hard p, the g hard like in [g]ate or [g]o. You may want to note that German is a hard and guttural language and that this becomes very obvious is the word Asperger. Emphasis is also on the r, it's not silent.
In German you say it like As-per-ger. Three defined syllables. Some put emphasis on the "As", but I wouldn't advice this to English speakers, because of the word 'ass'.

I doubt I have explained this well, sorry.

I really should learn phonetics.

Edit: Looks as if I was too slow, Fedaykin already explained it well.



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02 Oct 2007, 2:00 pm

assburger from the NYT article



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02 Oct 2007, 2:41 pm

ahs'-purgers sounds so much classier than ass-burgers. :wink:



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02 Oct 2007, 3:19 pm

aspergers, as in "purge" ?



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02 Oct 2007, 3:33 pm

Asp-ergers? At least that's how my shrink pronounces it but he's German.

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02 Oct 2007, 3:34 pm

Really unfortunate name, isn't it?
I think I'll just say I have nerditis.



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03 Oct 2007, 8:35 am

xyzyxx wrote:
aspergers, as in "purge" ?


"Ass Purgers?" That sounds worse than "Ass Burgers."



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03 Oct 2007, 9:09 am

Sometimes I like to give it a South American twist by pronouncing aspergers as ass-pear-jers
because it makes me feel like a big man. 8)
lol :P :D kidding man... although I do sometimes like to call it that.


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03 Oct 2007, 9:19 am

The A is much like the a in 'ash',
the 's' is rather normal,
... 'Asp' is much like the english, 'asp'
the 'per' sounds much like the 'per' in 'perish'
and the 'ger' is similar to the 'ger' ending in words like burger



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03 Oct 2007, 9:23 am

Zwerfbeertje wrote:
The A is much like the a in 'ash',
the 's' is rather normal,
... 'Asp' is much like the english, 'asp'
the 'per' sounds much like the 'per' in 'perish'
and the 'ger' is similar to the 'ger' ending in words like burger
Great, now we've got that sorted. Which syllable is stressed?

ASPerger?
asPERger?
asperGER?
:roll:



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03 Oct 2007, 10:29 am

xyzyxx wrote:
Zwerfbeertje wrote:
The A is much like the a in 'ash',
the 's' is rather normal,
... 'Asp' is much like the english, 'asp'
the 'per' sounds much like the 'per' in 'perish'
and the 'ger' is similar to the 'ger' ending in words like burger
Great, now we've got that sorted. Which syllable is stressed?

ASPerger?
asPERger?
asperGER?
:roll:


I think it's the initial "a", the antepenultimate syllable, which is stressed.



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03 Oct 2007, 10:55 am

I pronounce it the way that it looks.


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