Font Name Pronunciation

jupiterboy's picture

I fear I don't know how to pronounce the names of some fonts.

Kabel in particular at the moment.

Does anyone have a link or suggestions? I assume there are accepted variances based on where you are.

Thanks in advance.

raph's picture

I'd have to guess KAH-bl, based on the German origins. But I'm sure that it would answer to KAY-bl as well.

dan_reynolds's picture

Raph is correct, regarding the proper pronunciation of Kabel.

raph's picture

Dan is not, however, regarding the proper spelling of Raph.

hrant's picture

That's what happens when your alphabet contains a stick pretending to be a letter.


dan_reynolds's picture

Ahh, corrected! Sorry about that; I'm really bad at that sort of thing

Nick Shinn's picture

Actually, my type Beaufort is correctly pronounced Bewfuhd :-)

Here are a few other "Brit" names after which I've been tempted to name a typeface:

Auchinlech: Afflek
Beaulieu: Bewley
Beauchamp: Beech'm
Belvoir: Beaver
Caius: Keeys
Cholmondeley: Chumley
Colquhoon: Cahoon
Featherstonehaugh: Fanshaw
Gateacre: Gatackuh
Happisburg: Haysbruh
Le Fanu: Leff-new
Magdalene: Maudlin
Marjoribanks: Marchbanks
Marylebone: Mairburn
Ruthven: Riven
St John: Sin-jen
Wavertree: Wawtry
Wemyss: Wemz or Weemz
Woolfhardisworthy: Woolsery
Worcestershire: Woostershuh
Wymondham: Windum

and of course
Bucket: Bouquet

steve_p's picture

With a couple of exceptions, these are limited to the English upper classes.
The only ones of those your likely to find in common use are Marylebone (often pronounced marley-bone) and Worcestershire (Woostershear).
If you're in Oxford you'll hear Magdelene pronounced as Maudlin, and several other Oxford colleges appear to be confused as to how to spell their names.
I suspect its a device to enable poor people, and other outsiders, to feel stupid.

timd's picture

"I suspect its a device to enable poor people, and other outsiders, to feel stupid." and to restrict the chinless ones to their limited gene pool.
Auchinleck, however, is pronounced Orc-in-leck, just to add to the confusion. Leicester is Lester, I have heard a number of variants from tourist seeking directions to Leicester Square Toob.

Chris Rugen's picture

How about 'Univers'?

I say 'you-ni-vair' or 'you-ni-vairz', which people I went to school with say, but I've heard others say 'universe'.

jupiterboy's picture

Next up… how to order Seitan at a vegetarian resaurant without being rudely corrected.

Could it be… SATAN?

hrant's picture

There's a restaurant in Glendale called "My Dung".
Fittingly, it was shut down for a while last year due to a rat infestation.


eliason's picture

I'd think if you're going to pay "hommage" to Univers's French origins by dropping the "s" sound, wouldn't you also want to say "oo-ni-vair" rather than "you-ni-vair"?

Nick Shinn's picture

Pardon my German, but isn't Walbaum pronounced Valbum?

dan_reynolds's picture


"bowm" as is "ow!" or "ouch!"

Nick Shinn's picture

Well, maybe there are German dialects where it is pronounced Val-boom?
Clouseau would have rhymed it with "room" also.

In Mobile, Alabama, let's hope they get Eurostile right.

as8's picture

Euros-tail, in old Nebiolo style ;-)

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