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Even listening to the employees probably would vary from one area to another. Even though its only 100 miles away folks here can't agree on how to pronounce "Lousville". Or as I say it Luivul.
 

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This information about the origin of The American bee Journal may help on it's origin:
http://www.americanbeejournal.com/site/epage/79325_828.htm


The early volumes of the Journal contain the names of many men of worldwide reputation in the beekeeping world. From the start, Langstroth was a contributor, but to mention a few of the others we would include Henry Alley, Adam Grimm, Moses Quinby, Elisha Gallup, Charles Dadant, Baron von Berlepsch and Dzierzon. Charles Dadant made his first contributions in November 1867, introducing himself as a newcomer from France. From then until his death in 1902, his name frequently appears as a writer in its pages.

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Her's some more of Dadant's history:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Dadant
Dadant was born in Vaux-sous-Aubigny, in Haute-Marne, in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France.

In 1863, at age forty-six, he moved to America, with dreams of starting a vineyard. Dadant purchased land on the rolling tallgrass prairie in Hamilton, western Illinois, where he built a simple log house.

After paying for his family to come to America from France and buying a farm, he was penniless. He did not know a word of English, but he was determined to succeed in his new country. When his dreams of being a vintner were not fulfilled, he turned to beekeeping, a hobby he had learned in France.

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I sent them an email, asking the correct pronunciation of Dadant.
Hopefully someone will have time to send us an answer. :)
 

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I believe it is pronounced "Da-daw(n)"

"Da" as in dad

"daw" as in dawn or dog with a very soft "n" with a back of the throat, nasal sound.

The T is silent.

Saying it fast makes it sound better :).
 

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Bee Curious hit it - he was French. The 'T' is not pronounced in French, unless it's an 'ette'.
 

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True, he was French, but just think how many French words, and names, become Anglicized or Americanized in this country after the passage of time. Like others, I understand it to be pronounced "Day-dant." It will be very interesting to see if someone from the company replies to the inquiry. And especially what their reply is! Curious minds await! :popcorn:
 

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Even listening to the employees probably would vary from one area to another. Even though its only 100 miles away folks here can't agree on how to pronounce "Lousville". Or as I say it Luivul.
I agree it is where they answer the phone. I'm pretty sure Clay in Frankfort says, Du dant. Thats what I call it too. From someone who has lived in Lu-a-vul you know whether they have lived there or not by the way they say it. Beleive me it Lu-a-vul!!
 

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HAHAHA i think i got it !!!!!

this is where is all started with the " ask 10 beeks ONE question and get 20 answers" one word and you get 20 answers !!!!!

i love being a Beekeeper !!!!

hahaha

i say it dad -ant

Have a great day everyone one -
 

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I actually asked this question of the guys who work at our local (Chico CA) Dadant outlet. Their answer was that while the softer French version is probably technically correct no one could understand what they were saying when they answered the phone that way. Here at least they normally use the americanized Day-dant pronunciation.
 

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I asked a friend who studied French. He said that he thinks, if you used the french pronunciation, it accent would be on the 2nd syllable. Something like: deh DAUN.
 
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