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July 22, 2010, 07:38 AM
Maybe I'm being anal here, but I don't believe anyone's ever mentioned to me the pronunciation of Pietta. Is it P-YAY-ta, or P-YET-a, or something else? I'm planning an educational video including weapons of the Civil War ( I'm a school tours guide in Saint Augustine, FL ), and wanted to make sure if there is a proper way to pronounce the word Pietta ( don't want to sound like an idiot.....).

July 22, 2010, 07:49 AM
I've always called them PEA TA.

July 22, 2010, 08:09 AM
I'v always called them P-et-ah.

July 22, 2010, 08:31 AM
Grazi! But I suppose everyone calls it differently.

Fingers McGee
July 22, 2010, 09:56 AM
I'v always called them P-et-ah.

Me too


Doc Hoy
July 22, 2010, 09:57 AM
Pee ET tah.

An Italian would emphasize the hardness of the "T" almost sounding one "T" at the end of the second syllable and the other "T" at the beginning of the third syllable. An American would gloss over it almost as though the he were pronouncing a single letter "D".

Also an Italian might pronounce the middle syllable with a long "A" like "bay" deemphasizing the first "T":

Pee AY tah.

July 22, 2010, 01:30 PM
Now pronounce Uberti.

July 22, 2010, 01:36 PM

July 22, 2010, 02:06 PM
My family's Italian - grew up hearing a lot of it.

I believe the correct pronunciations are "pee-YET-ah" and "oo-BARE-tee".

July 22, 2010, 02:14 PM
Doc is right on Pietta.

Uberti is oo-BEAR-tee.

ETA: didn't see Dusty's post before I hit submit.

July 22, 2010, 03:23 PM
pe et ah.

The other way sounds like the animal rights organization:eek:

July 22, 2010, 03:51 PM
Just say "Sixgun."

July 22, 2010, 04:22 PM
The other way sounds like the animal rights organization You mean People Eating Tasty Animals?

Just say "Sixgun." For the win.

July 22, 2010, 06:57 PM
Ringraziamenti a tutti che ripondano!

(Thanks to all who responded!)

This internet thing's great for looking up foreign words - just not always how to speak 'em properly..... Thanks much, Doc Hoy.

July 26, 2010, 04:47 AM
Ringraziamenti a tutti che ripondano!
Here i am:)
Pronounce "Pietta" for me is simple, "pietta" is "pietta" more hard is to explane you how pronounce this word
So, the double T are very important you must pronounce hard them, "pi" i think you can say "Pe" or Pee" but with the "e" short, the "E" sounds normally like your pronounce of A, the final A keep good "Ah" but the "h" is not pronounced:) i think you can try to read this "Peatttah"
So, now i'll gone to search an audio file over the net where the word is clear pronounced:)

the Black Spot
July 26, 2010, 10:17 AM
now that we have pietta and uberti down, what about "schofield" as in the smith and wesson scholfield. i have always said "SHO-feeld". being part german the "sch" is "sh" as in schultz.
anyone say it different?

Doc Hoy
July 26, 2010, 10:47 AM
....The "Kid" in Unforgiven called it a Skofeeld.

July 26, 2010, 11:16 AM
Mein gott, hope I haven't started a "can of worms...."

Doc Hoy
July 26, 2010, 11:47 AM
Hey....a can of worms is what we are all about.;)

You done good!

July 26, 2010, 01:01 PM
I say Skofeeld.

I also say Dayta when referring to information and Stayus when referring to condition... bugs the libs out here in Cali who want to know the stahtus of their dahta. :)

Doc Hoy
July 26, 2010, 01:27 PM
....anything the bugs a liberal (God bless their bleeding hearts.) can't be all bad.

July 26, 2010, 01:33 PM
If you touch your thumb to your two middle fingers and wave that hand around while saying them it may help;)

4V50 Gary
July 26, 2010, 08:30 PM
Pee-et-ta. The "i" in Italian is pronounced as "e" as in flee. The letter "e" is pronounced as an "a" as in way or stay.

Uberti is "Ohh-ber-tee."