Poll: How do you pronounce the "ProZ" in ProZ.com?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How do you pronounce the "ProZ" in ProZ.com?".

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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= Proze Feb 11

Spock says: "Logically, captain, it should rhyme with 'pros' and 'prose'. But humans are fickle and are may pronounce it however it suits them."

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Other Feb 11

I say it in Portuguese and in Portuguese the final “z” sounds more or less like an “s” (Prós).

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Agneta Pallinder  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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I say Pro-zed and feel silly doing it Feb 11

Which is why I was interested in how other people pronounce this hybrid of a name.

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Sharon Toh, MITI MCIL
Singapore
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Pro-zed as well Feb 11

Agneta Pallinder wrote:

I say Pro-zed and feel silly doing it... Which is why I was interested in how other people pronounce this hybrid of a name.



Um... I say that too. I was perhaps affected by the Z being capitalised.


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Anna Herbst  Identity Verified
Australia
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Proze Feb 11

Never thought about any other pronunciation than "pros" for professionals, and understood the capital Z in ProZ and KudoZ to be a trademark of sorts, so I find all the different options presented here quite fascinating.

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Anna


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María Elena Guerrero
Mexico
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Proz Feb 11

I say Prozeta (in Spanish)

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Joohee Kim  Identity Verified
South Korea
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Prozz Feb 11

I thought it's based on the pronunciation of "Pros," a plural form of "pro."

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Harry Blake Paz Bonzano  Identity Verified
Italy
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Same Feb 11

Joohee Kim wrote:

I thought it's based on the pronunciation of "Pros," a plural form of "pro."


Same here, it is just "z" instead of "s". Not only that, in English language "s" can be pronounced as /ɪz/, /s/ and /z/. To me it just makes sense to pronounce it as /z/.

From http://www.grammar.cl/english/pronunciation-final-s.htm

If the last letter of the words ends in a voiced consonant (or sound), then the S is pronounced like a Z /z/(without creating another syllable). This Z sound is similar to the sound a bee makes zzzz.

We also use this ending when the word ends in a vowel sound (e.g. bees, flies etc.)

Examples of words ending in the /z/ sound:

B: crabs, rubs
D: cards, words, rides, ends
G: rugs, bags, begs
L: deals calls, falls, hills
M: plums, dreams
N: fans, drains, runs, pens
NG: kings, belongs, sings
R: wears, cures
V: gloves, wives, shelves, drives
Y: plays, boys, says,
THE: clothes, bathes, breathes
VOWEL SOUNDS: sees, fleas


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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As in Cos lettuce ... Feb 11

I am usually speaking Danish when I pronounce it, and Danish does not often use a voiced 'z' sound.
So it is a sort of light 's' like Cos lettuce, not a prolonged ss as in moss, boss etc.

In English I pronounce it with a z, but with a short o, like the Wizard of Oz or the first syllable of Aussies or Boswell. It was some time before I discovered it was thought of as Pros (professionals) and Prose.


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Juan Gil
Venezuela
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Pros Feb 11

The friend who introduced me to the site called it 'Pros', so it's the way I say it.
(Venezuela)


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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Prozzie Feb 11

It’s all about prostituting ourselves innit?

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Ricki Farn
Germany
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Protz Feb 11

I say "Pro-zee", but I've heard several Germans pronounce it as "Protz" ("tz" sounding like in "let's"), or pun on this in writing: "protzen" means "to boast" or "to show off".

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Pro-zee Feb 12

neilmac wrote:

Spock says: "Logically, captain, it should rhyme with 'pros' and 'prose'. But humans are fickle and are may pronounce it however it suits them."


This was likely the intent of those who created the name.
However, I use it a lot in Portuguese, speaking to other Brazilians, and we say "Pro-Zê", as the "Z" at the end of a word does not sound like the plural "S", as it does in English. Thus, we automatically say "Pro-Zee" in English, pursuant to the logical thinking in Portuguese.


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Rachel Fell  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Interesting Feb 13

As a UK speaker, I've only ever thought of it as rhyming with "was" or "because"

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