Hrmmm... Pronunciations

So I was just calling a yarn store where I have seen the Namaste Messenger bags and the lady I spoke to got me to wondering.

How do you pronounce it? I have always pronounced it nuh-mass-tee.

The lady I was talking to pronounced it Nah-muss-tay.

:thinking:

Nah-mass-tay. :shrug:

That’s how I’ve always heard it pronounced on tv and stuff. It’s a Hindi word of greeting, accompanied by a bow.

:shifty: :shifty: I pronounce it in Spanish, so can’t help you much there hehehehehehe :shifty: :shifty:

I’ll second nah-mass-tay. My mother-in-law is a massage therapist/alternative healer and she always closes her appointments with ‘namaste.’ So, that’s at least how she says it. :wink:

The sense she uses it in basically means “the divine spirit in me greets/acknowledges the divine spirit in you.” I think.

yep. same here

Nah-mus-tay
Yup, thirded. It’s how just about everything yoga class I’ve ever been to is closed. It’s basically saying “peace be with you” or something similar.

I’m going to have to agree with Nah-mus-tay…that’s how I’ve heard it pronounced in my yoga class.

well i clearly need to be hanging out in more yoga type classes. I wonder how i would have pronounced it if i didn’t know someone who has that last name pronounced the way i have been saying it. :thinking:

I say it like this too, but are you pronouncing it with the emphasis on the first or second syllable?

I say it like this too, but are you pronouncing it with the emphasis on the first or second syllable?[/quote]

Ummmm.

Despite having been an English major, and despite the fact that I write poetry, I couldn’t tell you.

I can’t scan a line for the life of me. :oops:

I think the first?

Na-mass-tay

Emphasis goes on the last bit. That’s how my sensei used to say it.

nah-mah-stay ?

Definitely Nah-muss-tay for me, too.

That’s exactly what I was going to put!