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Oct 12, 2009 05:43 PM

How to pronounce Phillipe's

I've called it Phil-eeps for years, sometimes Phil-eep-ehs, but found this today:

Who knew the owners pronounce it Phil-eep-ees.

A German pronunciation for a French dip place?? Historians all over are rolling their eyes.


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    1. I also pronounced it your way until a few years ago when I learned that the original owner was German. Who knew?

      1. just like the phillips screwdriver.

        in french, it's just about 2 syllables, phil-epps

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        1. re: Maximilien

          Except this is the specific pronunciation of the name of a specific eating place in Los Angeles. The NPR piece interviews one of the current partners and he insists the "family" is of German background and pronounces it Phil-eep-ees.

          What's interesting is that all the historical material on the place says it was first established by a FRENCH immigrant, named Phillipe Mathieu (1918). That would most certainly mean it would be FRENCH in origin and pronounced Phil-eeps.

          Wikipedia says the family is still owned by the Martins, who bought it from Mathieu in 1927. It's likely they are the ones that are German in heritage. Anyway............... it opens up the issue of whether a name is pronounced the way the owners of the business wish it to be, or the way it was originally, or????????????????

        2. The apostrophe s ending does not belong in either German of French.

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          1. re: ekammin

            The answer to your issue is probably that the actual name of the place is Phillipe The Original, but the owners, staff, and customers call it Phillipe's. All I was commenting on was how to say the common name correctly. How does the language lesson help?

          2. Ok...How ever you call it, you go there for the DIP...

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            1. re: flylice2x

              Is this national 'let's get picky day' or something?