How do you pronounce the word Aspergers?

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How do you pronounce the word Aspergers?
ASpergers 64%  64%  [ 27 ]
ASperjers 19%  19%  [ 8 ]
asPERjers 17%  17%  [ 7 ]
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11 Jul 2011, 2:42 pm

I'm just wondering how people pronounce the word Aspergers. I used to pronounce it ASperjers, but then when I was diagnosed the psychologist called it ASpergers so I started calling it that. At work (I'm a teacher) I've noticed people calling it ASperjers and asPERjers. Is there a right and wrong way? Note: I have capitalised the stress in the words.

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11 Jul 2011, 2:46 pm

I used to pronounce it asPERgers, but now pronouce it ASpergers.


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11 Jul 2011, 2:52 pm

I don't think there's a right and wrong way. The name of the person who did all the research on AS and whom Asperger's Syndrome was named after would have been pronounced as as asPERjers, I think. But lots more people actually say ASpergers, more people tend to pronounce it like this as it's generally easier to pronounce.



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11 Jul 2011, 2:53 pm

AS-per-ger is correct, which is unfortunate since it always ends up sounding like "ass burger." Some people pronounce is AS-per-jer, which is only slightly less silly. I just say AS instead.



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11 Jul 2011, 2:57 pm

Jory wrote:
AS-per-ger is correct, which is unfortunate since it always ends up sounding like "ass burger." Some people pronounce is AS-per-jer, which is only slightly less silly. I just say AS instead.


Okay, maybe I'm wrong then. This topic confuses me :P All I remember was that the name of the person was originally pronounced with a "j" sound instead of a "g" sound as in "get". I don't know, probably best not to listen to me :P

The way I pronounce it is AS-per-ger's, though. It's the easiest way even if it does end up sounding like ass-burger :( Saying AS is definitely better!



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11 Jul 2011, 3:01 pm

ForestRose wrote:
Jory wrote:
AS-per-ger is correct, which is unfortunate since it always ends up sounding like "ass burger." Some people pronounce is AS-per-jer, which is only slightly less silly. I just say AS instead.


Okay, maybe I'm wrong then. This topic confuses me :P All I remember was that the name of the person was originally pronounced with a "j" sound instead of a "g" sound as in "get". I don't know, probably best not to listen to me :P

The way I pronounce it is AS-per-ger's, though. It's the easiest way even if it does end up sounding like ass-burger :( Saying AS is definitely better!


Don't feel bad :) Asperger is an Austrian surname. Austrians speak German. My friend who is Austrian pronounced it with a hard 'g' sound. Most English people I come across say it with a soft 'g' like in French 'garage'. There isn't really a universal right or wrong way to say it though.


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11 Jul 2011, 3:03 pm

ForestRose wrote:
All I remember was that the name of the person was originally pronounced with a "j" sound instead of a "g" sound as in "get".


He was Austrian, which makes it very unlikely that the G in his name would be pronounced with a J sound. Not that it matters, since it sounds ridiculous no matter how you say it.



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11 Jul 2011, 3:05 pm

I don't pronounce it.


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11 Jul 2011, 3:35 pm

More like "Ah'sper-gers" for me. (Sounds more authentic, don't you think?)

People who announce it as "Ass-burgers" are immature pricks who only pronounce the term that way for the sake of tongue-n-cheek.



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11 Jul 2011, 4:20 pm

OddFinn wrote:
I don't pronounce it.


Same.


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11 Jul 2011, 4:42 pm

I pronounce it 'as-per-jer' - frankly even if it is correct I still refuse to pronounce it 'as-per-ger' due to it sounding like 'ass-burger', you tell people that you have AS the last thing you need is for them to call it/you 'ass-burger' while also talking to you like a five-year old :roll:


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11 Jul 2011, 5:11 pm

The correct pronunciation of the German name is, as well as I can put it here for English pronunciation, "AHS-bare-gare," which does sound unfortunately like "ASS burger," but I don't think it matters too much anyway. One of my friends calls it my "Asparagus Burgers," which I definitely prefer to the typical "ASS burgers."



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12 Jul 2011, 9:09 am

Hans Asperger's name was pronounced Ahs-pair-ger.

The ah is a little like the a in dark but longer, it's a p that doesn't sound at all like a b (because it's a p! 2 fundamentally different letters), the per is somewhat close to English (p)air and the g is hard as for example in garden.

I talked to people who knew him and that's how they (German-speaking) called him.


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12 Jul 2011, 12:42 pm

I used to say 'ASperjers' until I heard a few people whom I assume to be a bit more 'in the know' saying 'ASpergers'. Being Scottish, the 'per' part is definitely never pronounced like 'bur', so 'Ass burgers' never comes to mind.



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12 Jul 2011, 8:25 pm

ForestRose wrote:
I don't think there's a right and wrong way. The name of the person who did all the research...asPERjers...


There IS a right way.