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Bike News Roundup: Everything you ever needed to know to pronounce the word ‘pannier’

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s a look at some of the transportationy stuff going around the web lately.

First up! This spring, Russ at The Path Less Pedaled worked very hard to finally answer an enigma that has plagued non-French-speaking bike riders for ages: I bought these bike bags that attach to my bike rack, and the person at the store called them “pan-YAYS,” but then my friend called them “PAN-ee-yers,” and now I have no idea what to call them. How am I supposed to pronounce “panniers?” Well, even if you know (or think you know) the answer, Russ’s exploration of the question is surprisingly fascinating:


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8 responses to “Bike News Roundup: Everything you ever needed to know to pronounce the word ‘pannier’”

  1. Peri Hartman

    paan-e-eh, with no accent on the syllables. The eh is pronounced more like ay, but shorter.

    1. Peri Hartman

      If there were an e on the end – pannieres – you would pronounce the trailing r. Otherwise it’s normally silent.

      1. Que

        Trick question actually, if you care how it’s pronounced then you’re doing it wrong.

  2. NickS

    Peri, just watch the video. :) It’s excellent, truly.

  3. Brock

    We’re all pronouncing it backwards. Correct pronunciation: rain-nap.

  4. Kirk

    It ‘s pronounced Luxury Yacht.

  5. Peter

    It’s pronounced “saddle bags.”

  6. NullBull

    Eurosnobs ruin everything. ;)

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