How do you pronounce 'roubaix' and 'audax'?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Maz, 11 May 2009.

  1. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    As above.
    Thank you.
     
  2. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    Roo-bay, and Or-dax (to rhyme with axe)
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    Thank you, both.
    ...and are they more or less the same thing? Sort of a beefed up road bike with mudguards? ;)
     
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    To me, Roubaix is a place in France, and an Audax is one of these:

    hawker_audax.jpg

    Does that help?;)
     
  5. Will1985

    Will1985 Über Member

    Location:
    South Norfolk
    And that is not a hard r like "red", but a guttural r...
     
  6. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    OOOOOOH...my bike's an audax and she's beautiful. I'm also not an old man and have no beard. However I do use mudguards and there's a lot of dawdling round the countryside involved in my cycling.
     
  7. MacB

    MacB Lover of things that come in 3's

    I thought they were pronounced poncy and pretentious
     
  8. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Location:
    Southsea
    It must be an English affectation to keeping shoving 'r' into words without them; eg Barth. I would pronounce Audax as o-dax with the o similar to the o in stop.
     
  9. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    How would you pronounce audacious, which is from the same root?
     
  10. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Location:
    Southsea
    I certainly would not shove an 'r' into it. o - day - shuss
     
  11. yello

    yello Legendary Member

    I have heard audax pronounced ou-dax ('ou' as in 'ouch!').... but usually or-dax.
     
  12. Will1985

    Will1985 Über Member

    Location:
    South Norfolk
    Depends - it forms the second part of "bodacious", so you could argue that in some cases gavintc would be right ;)
     
  13. just jim

    just jim Guest

    Please do not pronounce the word in question as "ordax." Please?

    "AW-DAX", or "OW-DAX" at a push.
     
  14. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    Could we be founder members of the Dawdlers' CC? Dawdling is my favourite passtime.:biggrin:
     
  15. Tony

    Tony New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Actually, Roubaix is closer to Roo-Beh than Roo-bay. For full authenticity, gargle a bucket of phlegm before the initial "R".
    As for Audax, "ow" if doing it Latin-stylee, "oh" if French. The "aw" bit is an Engliah affectation, a bit like pronouncing "Braun" as "Brawn" instead of "Brown".
     
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