How to pronounce KATO ?

Tbone Nov 27, 2006

  1. Kozmo

    Kozmo TrainBoard Member

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    I pronounce it "precision quality equipment" think "the Lexus of model trains".

    I used to say Kay-doe
    watched "tracks ahead" and now I say Kah-toe
     
  2. signalz

    signalz Passed away September 22, 2007 In Memoriam

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    When riding the waycar at work we usually rode in the "Que polo". Seems most say cup ola.

    Is it pronounced diff. in othe regions?
     
  3. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    I have heard que-po-la quite often.
     
  4. Thirdrail

    Thirdrail In Memoriam

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    Lookout point on caboose

    I have heard the cupola on a caboose pronounced as kew-pola and as kup-ola. I've never heard it pronounced que-pola (kay-pola). The word, as an architectural term, is pronounced kew-pulla, AFAIK. :cat:
     
  5. J Long

    J Long E-Mail Bounces

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    I've always called it "Kay-Toe" and so did the first Kato dealers I hooked up with. Recently I heard it called "Kah-toe" by a dealer and by that guy in the intro to Model Railroader DVD.

    If I remember correctly, there was a TV show in the 60's called Green Hornet. A Batman knock off. The hero's sidekick was Kato pronounced "Kay=toe". So I say "Kay-Toe".
     
  6. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    Well, que is pronounced "kay" in Spanish but in this case I was trying to write something that was supposed to sound like the letter "Q" or cue as in cue stick in pool.:)
     
  7. BALOU LINE

    BALOU LINE TrainBoard Member

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    Actually the Green Hornet started as a radio show in 1936. Batman did not appear in comics until 1939. However it was the popularity of the Batman TV series that promted network execs to bring the Green Hornet to TV. That being said, I would NEVER trust the Hollywood definition or pronunciation of anything, for any reason.
     
  8. jaythespoon

    jaythespoon Permanently dispatched

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    Hey, Goodenough!!!

    Do your ears hang lough???
    Do they waddle to and frough???
    Can ya' tie'em in a knot???
    Can ya' tie'em in a bough???
    Can ya' through'em o'er yer shoulder;
    Like a Continental soldier???
    Do your ears hang lough???
    Goodenough!!!

    And are you rolling in dough???
    We all wanna' knough???
    Give us a shough???
    Hough!!Hough!!Hough!!Hough!!
     
  9. Pete Nolan

    Pete Nolan TrainBoard Supporter

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    You also have to stick it on your bedpost, IIRC.
     
  10. fifer

    fifer TrainBoard Supporter Advertiser

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    Boy , the last time I heard and read this much discussion over something like this my childhood hero was changed from SMOKEY THE BEAR to SMOKEY BEAR which to me sounds stupid.
    Count me in on KAY-TOE !!! :)

    Mike
     
  11. bnsf_mp_30

    bnsf_mp_30 TrainBoard Member

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    You say "toe-may-toe" and I say "toe-mah-toe", you say "poh-tay-toe" and I saw "poh-taw-toe", etc. (Guess I'm dating myself there - it's an old song)

    Anyway, I'm pretty sure the Japanese would say "kah-toe", while virtually all Midwesterners that I've heard have said "kay-toe". I use "kay-toe".
     
  12. rs-27

    rs-27 TrainBoard Member

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    Seven pages and yet it is still debated... sigh. But, then again, when I was shipped to Ahia (spelled Ohio) in the 70's, I learned that Marsailles was mar-sails, not mar-say.

    I still haven't determined if it was a leftover from the French-Indian War or just middleAmerica's rejection of _anything_ exotic. Woo-who, how ya gwin keep em down on the farm, after theyv seen Paree.

    Bob in IDaho, ex TX, ex OH, ex NJ
     
  13. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    Well, down here in Teh-haas (Texas) the pronunciation of Spanish names is all over the spectrum. Some are totally Anglicized while others are usually pronounced as they are in Spanish. Bexar and Mexia are spoken with the Spanish "X" while of course Texas is not. San Jacinto gets a hard "J" at the front instead of a "ha" sound but Refugio comes out Rah-fear-e-o. And things have changed in the 40 years I have been living here. San Felipe has morphed from the Spanish to the "Mer-can" pronunciation.
     
  14. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Hee hee, well acording to my dad, a native New Englander, I live in Il-a-noise (Illinois) and I drive a Cah and pahck into in the drive way next to the dooryahd. As my great grandmother from Maine would say, Uh-yeahut.
     
  15. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    You sound wicked smaaat.

    Charlie
     
  16. Ray Stilwell

    Ray Stilwell TrainBoard Member

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    Here! Here!

    It is time we stop being the ugly Americans.
     

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