#1
When ever I read these forums and pretty much anywhere else that talks of our favorite low-tuned instrument, I always read "bass" as:



Because thats how you would pronounce it if English followed the rules it keeps making up. But no! I have to sound like an idiot in my own head when reading and constantly be on my guard in the real world so I don't start talking about fish.

**** English.
#2
Because English has no strict pronunciation rules, the same set of letters can have loads of different pronunciations.
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Because English has no strict pronunciation rules, the same set of letters can have loads of different pronunciations.


Well yea, I know why its pronounced differently, but why is it pronounced differently? Why not just SPELL IT like you say it...
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#5
The word 'bass' is a technical musical term used to described the lower end of the audio spectrum that can be heard by human ears. It probably originated in latin or something, like a lot of musical terms.
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Well yea, I know why its pronounced differently, but why is it pronounced differently? Why not just SPELL IT like you say it...



probably to mess with people that get easily confused, much like yourself.
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#7
I have the same problem and I always get corrected. I know the difference between the two. But when I read it out loud my brain doesn't recognize that it's "base" and I pronounce it bass. Then I look like a dumb**** to everyone standing there.
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The word 'bass' is a technical musical term used to described the lower end of the audio spectrum that can be heard by human ears. It probably originated in latin or something, like a lot of musical terms.


I was originally going to blame England but now it seems its Rome's fault. Bastards.

Why we couldn't of just changed the word to fit its pronunciation like we do with like, everything else that comes from Latin is beyond me.
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#9
I'm going to build a bass in the shape of a bass so that when ever I **** up and say bass instead of bass, I can pull out my bass bass and not feel stupid.
#10
Because the first ever bass (guitar) was discovered when a couple of old fishermen were bass (fish) fishing, and accidentally reeled in a wild bass (guitar). They thought it was an oddly shaped, and musically talented fish, so they called it a bass. The pronunciation was changed later to avoid confusion.
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I'm going to build a bass in the shape of a bass so that when ever I **** up and say bass instead of bass, I can pull out my bass bass and not feel stupid.



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Because the first ever bass (guitar) was discovered when a couple of old fishermen were bass (fish) fishing, and accidentally reeled in a wild bass (guitar). They thought it was an oddly shaped, and musically talented fish, so they called it a bass. The pronunciation was changed later to avoid confusion.


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I'm going to build a bass in the shape of a bass so that when ever I **** up and say bass instead of bass, I can pull out my bass bass and not feel stupid.


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I'm going to build a bass in the shape of a bass so that when ever I **** up and say bass instead of bass, I can pull out my bass bass and not feel stupid.


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#18
well, im a bass player myself, and back when we were doing acids and bases in chemistry, i would sometimes write "base" as "bass" on accident when taking notes..lol
#19
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That picture doesn't make sense.


It's a picture of what he's wrongly pronouncing bass as.

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#20
It's spelled as is for humorous "slap that (b)ass!" references that people think they made up.

It's pronounced as such to make people like you rack your brains to find out why.

But srsly, it's because English has both Germanic and Latin roots, which makes different words sound differently depending on which side of the proverbial family tree the word came from. I think.
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probably to mess with people that get easily confused, much like yourself.


Yeah, the guy that invented the bass said "I want people to think about fish when they see my instrument."
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That picture doesn't make sense.

+1, I can't tell what it is. Well obviously it's a fish, but I can't tell what part is the fin, what's the face, it doesn't even look like a fish, I wouldn't know it was a fish if I saw it without the Threadstarter's post. It looks more like a sleeping, swimming lizard taking a scaly black **** out of its mouth.
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#23
This reminds me of a lame joke a friend said that made a little part of me die.

Friend: "Shelley plays the fish!"
Everyone: "What!?"
Friend: "He plays the fish! *giggles*"
Everyone:
Friend: He plays the bass!!
Everyone;
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#24
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The word 'bass' is a technical musical term used to described the lower end of the audio spectrum that can be heard by human ears. It probably originated in latin or something, like a lot of musical terms.



I think you're correct.

All I know is that "low" in French= Bas, Basse.... and some others.... but I'm pretty sure it's from Latin origin (seeing as how French is a Latin derived [romance?] language)
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#25
Just call it guitar with four strings.
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+1, I can't tell what it is. Well obviously it's a fish, but I can't tell what part is the fin, what's the face, it doesn't even look like a fish, I wouldn't know it was a fish if I saw it without the Threadstarter's post. It looks more like a sleeping, swimming lizard taking a scaly black **** out of its mouth.

Exactly. All I can recognise is the eye, and I'm sure it's in the wrong place anyway.
#27
Pretty much the only reason you get confused over that stuff is because of the loose use of the word. If people would always say "Bass Guitar" and things like "Large Mouth Bass"; "Rock Bass"; etc., it would be far harder to get confused.

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#29
lol a bass bass guitar.

It goes back pretty far, I don't really understand your troubles...I mean, I've never seen a bass (guitar) look like a bass (fish.?)
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#30
A fair few word like this. For example, bow as in bow and arrow and as in the bow to someone. Same spelling, different pronounciation.
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