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    After 30 Years of Wondering...

    ...it suddenly occurred to me thta I've found a place to get an answer to a question that's been bothering me since 1984. Can someone here tell me how to properly pronounce "Biarritz" ??? I worked parking cars at a San Antonio Cadillac dealership back then, and I heard about 5 ways of pronouncing it, and in the meantime it's only gotten worse. It's almost been 30 years, can y'all help me out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longeardgaloot
    ...it suddenly occurred to me thta I've found a place to get an answer to a question that's been bothering me since 1984. Can someone here tell me how to properly pronounce "Biarritz" ??? I worked parking cars at a San Antonio Cadillac dealership back then, and I heard about 5 ways of pronouncing it, and in the meantime it's only gotten worse. It's almost been 30 years, can y'all help me out?

    Thanks!
    I always pronounced it bare-ritz with the "R"s run together.

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    Re: After 30 Years of Wondering...

    I guess I have always heard it bar-rits as Kevin said, as if it was only one r.
    (I think we described the same thing two different ways.)

    I am sure there is also a "proper" way to pronounce it in it's original language, but this is how all people in the industry I have met pronounced it.

    I will be interested in the responses too!

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    Re: After 30 Years of Wondering...

    Here you can hear (click on the speaker icon) pronunciation in French and English: http://translate.google.es/?hl=es#auto/en/biarritz just as this gentleman says here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KfiT81mxaE
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    Re: After 30 Years of Wondering...

    Listen to hear how the folks at Cadillac pronounce it:

    http://testdrivejunkie.com/1981-cadi...raining-video/

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    Re: After 30 Years of Wondering...

    ^Wow, this ad makes you wanna buy an 80 eldo even 32 years after
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADforce69
    ^Wow, this ad makes you wanna buy an 80 eldo even 32 years after
    I'd love to own one. The 79-85 eldorados were sweet....mine would have to be a black biarrtz with bordello red leather interior and a big block under the hood (or at least not the 4100 ....oh, and "touring suspension." It has to have that.
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    Re: After 30 Years of Wondering...

    Nice video. Thanks for the link.
    So, according to the video, it's pronounced buh-ritz

    I'm glad you asked the question. I had wondered that as well.

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    Talking Re: After 30 Years of Wondering...

    See, this is what the internet is for. Thanks, y'all!

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    Re: After 30 Years of Wondering...

    I haven't found "Biarritz" too hard to pronounce. I also pronounce it "buh-ritz."

    What I find more complicated is "d'Elegance." I pronounce with the emphasis on the "d." Such as dee-elegance. I know of a Cadillac friend who pronounces it "Dela-ghance." I think that may be the European pronunciation, but not here in the U.S.

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    Re: After 30 Years of Wondering...

    Quote Originally Posted by CADforce69 View Post
    ^Wow, this ad makes you wanna buy an 80 eldo even 32 years after
    It wouldn't take much in my case. I have loved them ever since I got to put some miles on a friend's 81 Biarritz years ago when it was new. Triple white with red dash and carpet, and the obligatory moonroof. I still have naughty dreams about that car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by talismandave

    It wouldn't take much in my case. I have loved them ever since I got to put some miles on a friend's 81 Biarritz years ago when it was new. Triple white with red dash and carpet, and the obligatory moonroof. I still have naughty dreams about that car.
    Just like the one in the magazine ad back then....take you and your woman to the scenic view on the cliff
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    Re: After 30 Years of Wondering...

    Quote Originally Posted by Fleet View Post
    ...What I find more complicated is "d'Elegance." I pronounce with the emphasis on the "d." Such as dee-elegance. I know of a Cadillac friend who pronounces it "Dela-ghance." I think that may be the European pronunciation, but not here in the U.S.
    Watch this video at exactly 5:00 to hear the official Cadillac pronunciation of d'Elegance:

    http://testdrivejunkie.com/1981-cadi...otional-video/
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    Re: After 30 Years of Wondering...

    Quote Originally Posted by talismandave View Post
    It wouldn't take much in my case. I have loved them ever since I got to put some miles on a friend's 81 Biarritz years ago when it was new. Triple white with red dash and carpet, and the obligatory moonroof. I still have naughty dreams about that car.
    It really seems a car providing all the comfort and luxury of a full size cadillac in a personal car size. I guess it would be perfect for driving in Europe (If gas prices were a little lower ). Nevertheless, it seems mileage improved with that engine.

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    Re: After 30 Years of Wondering...

    Well there is actually two ways of saying it. The first, which is the correct way, Myritz. The second a more casual is, Myritz.

    Seriously I always pronounced it bir-ritz with the R's slightly together. Ant or aunt.

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