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How is "Niman Ranch" pronounced?

claireaguilar May 23, 2008 10:19 AM

It's always been bugging me. Is it a long "I", or pronounced "Neeman" Ranch?
Just had a great crispy taco last weekend at the Primavera stand at the Ferry Building, with Niman Ranch beef brisket.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: claireaguilar May 23, 2008 10:33 AM

    I've heard people who know Bill Niman personally say it Nīman (nigh-man).

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      baron45 RE: Robert Lauriston May 23, 2008 10:47 AM

      That's how I've heard it too.

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        pikawicca RE: Robert Lauriston May 24, 2008 05:44 PM

        Robert, you are right, as usual.

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        nosh RE: claireaguilar May 23, 2008 09:12 PM

        Definitely NIGH-man. He was highlighted on Bittman's PBS show that was broadcast this past Saturday on my local station, and I remember being surprised at the introduction because I recall hearing the Nee-man pronunciation before, I think by a restaurant server who I now know was mistaken.

        1. maria lorraine RE: claireaguilar May 24, 2008 02:35 AM

          Bill Niman told me it was Nigh-man.

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            RoccoPizzoferrato RE: claireaguilar May 24, 2008 12:21 PM

            It's pronounced Nye-man. Although when I asked him, Bill said he didn't care how people pronounced it, he just wanted them to buy his meat.

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              maria lorraine RE: RoccoPizzoferrato May 24, 2008 05:42 PM

              That's funny.....

            2. Miss Needle RE: claireaguilar May 24, 2008 12:42 PM

              THank you all! I've been erroneously pronouncing it "Neeman" Ranch all of these years. Now I know.

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