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How do you pronounce Jervois Quay?

How do you pronounce Jervois Quay?

Welldontcherknow

Zher vois would be French pronunciation. Garvis is an Anglicised version, which is what it originally was (named after the fellow etc etc) Jer voice is what most people call it now locally around Wellington. Maybe we’re uncultured, whatever. You could argue the English were just mispronouncing French anyway. Same goes for Beauchamp. Beecham is an established Anglicisation, named after Harold Beauchamp, (father of Katherine Mansfield, he pronounced it that way). Majoribanks is also named after an early NZ company director who pronounced his name Marshbanks or Marchbanks, but no one knows that now so everyone says Marjoribanks. It’s fine, whatever. Berhampore is generally known as Beer ram pore but that’s way off how it’s pronounced in West Bengal. But it seems it was named after a battle fought and won there by the East India Company against the locals who just wanted, you know, to live there in peace. But oh, it would all be so much harder if we used Māori names, they’re so hard to pronounce /s.


Wishnowsky

I pronounce them Beecham and Marchbank, and there are a few people I know who do as well...


sjp1980

I used to until I lived there and needed to get taxis. Automated voice pick up thing did not like Marchbanks or Marshbanks or Marshabanks. It did, however, respond to m' JAW ree banks. I was so sad when I realised I would need to change how I pronounced it.


redsheetsjake

Very informative, thanks.


rory1232019

You would not pronounce it that way in French, and it's French.


prplmnkeydshwsr

i've always heard it locally as "ger-voice key" But found this; "Jervois Quay, which stretches along the central city's waterfront, was named after Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois, Governor General of New Zealand from 1883 to 1888. Jervois name was pronounced "Jar-vis", according to the Australian Dictionary of Biography."


elgigantedelsur

Whack, I’ve always called it Zher-vwah Key. Didn’t grow up in Wellies though


kerihobo

U got it


nathan_l1

Where does the Z come from??


elgigantedelsur

Just trying to write a frenchified “J”. https://pronuncian.com/pronounce-zh-sound


rombulow

Siri calls it “Jarvis” Quay … so who knows what it’s actually meant to sound like. Left to my own devices I’d pronounce it “jer-vwah key”, but I don’t know why.


Valuable-Falcon

Google maps calls it Jer-vwah! The Apple vs Android saga continues.... Edit: but then again, it also pronounces it taRAAAAHHnaki street, so 🤷‍♂️


sjp1980

Wadestown used to be pronounced Wad-iss-town by the Uber driver's maps read out speech thing. The amused the hell out of me.


JukesMasonLynch

While we're on the subject, how about Majoribanks Street? There's no R before the J, yet so many people pronounce it "marjory-banks", it's weird


tharrison3

My grandmother would always say 'march-banks' which sounded ridiculous but has turned out to actually be correct...


Peterowhatu

What? How the f*** didn't I know this?


qweqwepoi

Some people pronounce it MA-jor-ee-banks while some others pronounce it ma-JOR-ee-banks. Believe it or not, the correct pronunciation is actually March-banks! That's how the surname is pronounced at least - see [here](https://www.clinkhostels.com/guide/10-things-even-londoners-struggle-to-pronounce/#:~:text=Marjoribanks%20(mar%2Fch%2Fbanks\)) The problem is that nobody will know what the hell you're talking about if you do use that pronunciation


JukesMasonLynch

Oh awesome, thanks for the info. I'm pedantic and stubborn enough to start saying it like this from now on, other people be damned


sisyphus_wrecked

It's pronounced Cholmondeley.


narpasNZ

Major I. Banks


ComeAlongPonds

Marsh-banks


Mah_jaw_ree_banks

Like this


nathan_l1

There's supposed to be an R before the J though


JukesMasonLynch

Oh wow, just looked that up, I had no idea


sjp1980

Jer voice I *know* the council refers to its historian saying it is correctly Jarvis Quay...but growing up I only ever heard Jervoice. In saying that people used to also work for Nessels (Nestle) so who bloody knows.


RettieSpaghetti

I grew up here and agree, it’s always been Jer-voice to me.


ActualBacchus

chur voice kee


twohedwlf

Jer Voys Key.


getinthebath

Jar-vis [https://twitter.com/WgtnCC/status/1401030516200022022](https://twitter.com/WgtnCC/status/1401030516200022022)


sixthcupofjoe

Jar vis


mighty-yoda

JQ


Orchidcat

If I’m talking from my white trash roots I’d say “jar-vis key” if I’m trying to be bougie “jear -vwa key “


cman_yall

Zhur Vwa, isn’t it French? Uncultured swine in here all probably think Beauchamp = Beacham...


Taffy_the_wonderdog

Beecham


Aussie_Kiwi

Spot the Karori resident! If you pronounce it “Beau shamp” people are like where is that?


sjp1980

Pretty sure it was pronounced like Beau shim in Tawa also but I have no doubt the pronunciation is different now and everyone just calls it beachem.


sixthcupofjoe

Beecham is correct


sjp1980

Ahh now I am confused what the heck i remember! Maybe beau champ.


sixthcupofjoe

Can't tell is missing /s Hyacinth Bucket and Siobhan would like to have a word about spelling and pronunciation.


cman_yall

See-oh-ban? Don’t know her, is she a friend of Shavawn?


Quasartheruthless

Now try a harder one: Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukaka­piki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­ki­tana­tahu A hill near Porangahau.


Angiebabynz

That ones quite easy for me, we spent a day in Maori class breaking it down into chunks and pronouncing it properly. Once you get the Maori vowel sounds sussed, it's quite rhythmic to say. Jervois, on the other hand, I've got no clue.


Quasartheruthless

Ger voice key


Furters_44

I must be the only person who thought it was ger-voy and I’ve lived here since 2004