After hearing 'Way-Com' for the umpteenth time on YouTube.
As taken from the Urban Dictionary website:
"(Wah-Kum) Proper Noun indicating the name of the current leading manufacturer and researcher of drawing tablets and tablet technology in other products.
"In 1983, after founding WACOM Co Ltd, the first WACOM graphics tablet and cordless pointing devices (pen and cursor) was launched into the Japanese market." -www.wacom.com
Today Wacom tablets come in several different lineups including the graphire, intuous, and cintique models with varying sizes. The models and sizes fit needs ranging from home-use to professional-quality products to cover the entire market.
Wacom is actually pronounced "Wah-Kum" as indicated by their support line's recording, though uneducated people pronounce it "Wey-Comb" or "Whack-Um" which are just wrong."
So the next time you hear some illiterate shmaggot standing behind you while you paint say: "Ohhhhh is that a Waycom?", turn around and whack 'em across the face.
Adding on. Japanese tend not to use long vowels - if you're to see it in the English language. like "anime" is not "annie may" or "main-gah" for manga. Usually if something has a long vowel it's reflected in the romanization of Japanese by using double vowels. Though there are exceptions because of how we import some words.
So next time you guys see a Japanese word (in romaji), it's better to know that the vowels in the word are not long vowels but likely short ones. That's why I already knew it was "Wah-kum" versus "way-com"
Yeah, but wah com sounds goofy.
Admittedly I've said "Wey-com" for years, but in the last year or so I've reconditioned myself to say "Wah-com", as it should be. However, I guess at the end of the day it doesn't really matter how it's said, it's what you can do with it that matters.
Wouldn't it go WA-KO-MU? It's WAKOMUsama's problem for not letting us know they're NIHONJINDESU~
ワコム = Wakomu
The ending vowels are usually silent, or drop off to near silence.
a = "ah"
o = a really short "o" as in "oblong", but even shorter in pronunciation.
Funny this post came to fruition up here, I'll have to send a link to friend of mine, even after telling him I've been to JP 4X, drooling over the latest Wacom tech on display in Akihabara, he still insisted "Way-Comb" was the way to pronounce it.
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Who cares? There are more pertinent matters to worry about than cross-cultural differences in pronunciation of a device. Real talk.
It's not bad to learn the proper pronunciation for a device and the company who makes it that many of us use every day.
Wac-ohm. My pronounciation.
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I know its Wah-com, but I still say it way-com, cause Im American ...and you know us Americans gots the redneck accent.
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this reminds me of the linux pronoucing debate only not as cool.
that takes some getting used to after saying way-com for so many years!
Wa...KO...M WA....KO.....M WA..KO..M WAKOM...
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Yeah, but I don't read basic japanese and saying it with a Japanese accent will make me sound like Giada Di Laurentis from the Food Network. You know, the one who makes a point to say every Italian term with a randomly perfect accent? Kind of like the "I Japan" crowd at school who needs to say every Naruto character's moves in perfect Japanese in the middle of an English sentence? Yeah. Like that.
Even when I speak German in the middle of an English sentence, I pronounce it in more of an English way. It's less 'out of place' in the flow of the sentence, and far less intimidating for a nonspeaker of the language.
But I digress. What if you have an interviewer that says WAY-COM and you say WAH-KUM and they go "Lol, WRONG, No job for you!"
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I've always called it Way-com and always will. What the fuck does it matter? You won't lose work over a mispronunciation. This is a stupid thread and I have no idea why the fuck I'm posting in here.
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I've never even thought of pronouncing it any differently than "wah-com". It just seemed more natural for me, but then again, I'm neither English nor American, so I probably don't 'feel' it the same way as you do
yes, thank you.I've always called it Way-com and always will. What the fuck does it matter? You won't lose work over a mispronunciation. This is a stupid thread and I have no idea why the fuck I'm posting in here.
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