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Tesla Pronunciation

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  1. Dart

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    I guess technically this isn't "off topic" but it's too goofy to ask in a serious forum...

    Is Tesla pronounced "Tess-la" or is it "Tezz-la"? I understood it to be the former, but the videos of Elon speaking make me think it is the latter. :confused::smile:
     
  2. Fluxed

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    South African accent.
     
  3. Dart

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    Sounds cooler that way :cool:
     
  4. deonb

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    No... (I'm South African).

    It's just Elon :).
     
  5. MikeL

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    I'm from Southern Cal, so NO accent :wink:. I say TeZla. Maybe it's 'wrong'. Not changing.
     
  6. ggr

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    There was already a thread about this: Tessler or Tezzler .

    According to Wikipedia, and its article about Serbian Cyrillic, it should be pronounced as a soft 's', not 'z'.
     
  7. Dart

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    Seriously, you are citing a thread where the last post was 2 years ago? Way to encourage a new member to the community, lol.
     
  8. MarkR

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    If Tesla Motors was named after Nikola Tesla, we ought to respect the name of the inventor by pronouncing "Tesla" the way the he would have said his own name. That settles it - "Tess la" it is! Are you listening Elon?
     
  9. AudubonB

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    WAAaaaalllll -

    for me, the REAL question has been: How does one pronounce "Elon"?

    So, rather than getting pounced on by TMCers for my ignorance, I bided my time until I had a live voice to confirm all the details of my Model S order. When she asked me if there was anything else, I popped her the question, and......


    She waffled! I kid you not and I'm so frustrated!
     
  10. mark

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    +1

    I thought it was "E"lon until I watched some to the Teslive videos where people said "Eh"lon. But since then I have seen media interviews with "E"lon. ???
     
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    Philadelphians may say Tezzla since they say gazzoline!
     
  12. Fluxed

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    So am I ;)

    Every South African I know says Tezla.... But I am the same age as Elon and living in the US since the 90s.
     
  13. J in MN

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    Disagree. I say Tesla. Maybe the difference is whether your 1st language is Afrikaans or English.
     
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    I'm going to say TeSSla and here is my supportive arguments:

    1) As previously stated the company's namesake is Nikola Tesla so that is all that makes sense.
    2) There is no construct of the English language I am aware of where an "s" is pronounced with a "z"

    Of course I could be wrong :tongue:
     
  15. MikeL

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    #15 MikeL, Sep 15, 2013
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    There is one in that sentence. There's one in that one too. And that one

    JIMS EV? Do you say JIMsss? Oh & a Model X reZervation. Yes, you were wrong on that one:smile:
     
  16. brianman

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    I'm still trying to figure out why this thread is considered Off-Topic for this forum.
     

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