Beko

From: william (WILLIAMA)16 Jan 19:49
To: ALL1 of 6
Beko is the name of a popular line of white-goods sold in the UK (washing machines, cookers etc.). I knew it was Turkish in origin, but I never knew that this is the domestic electrical range of a company called Arçelik, and that Arçelik is owned by Koç Holding.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)16 Jan 21:04
To: william (WILLIAMA) 2 of 6
Also Grundig-branded (formerly German) bespoke audiophile junk.
From: Kenny J (WINGNUTKJ)17 Jan 08:59
To: william (WILLIAMA) 3 of 6
You can't have it both ways! If you expect us to believe that the "ç" in Arçelik is pronounced as "s", you can't expect us to believe that it's a hard "k" in Koç. It's quite clearly Kos.

(I don't know. I have no idea about Turkish.)
From: Kenny J (WINGNUTKJ)17 Jan 08:59
To: koswix 4 of 6
Isn't it?
From: william (WILLIAMA)17 Jan 10:42
To: Kenny J (WINGNUTKJ) 5 of 6
The sad truth is that neither is correct. The "c cedilla" (ç) is pronounced "ch" as in church or kitchen (as opposed to ch in Chris or ch in chemise).

Also, the "o" is flattened and extended as in home, "e" is pronounced "eh" as in yet, bet etc. and "i" is pronounced "ee" as in week.

So the names turn out to be arch-eh-leek and coach.

Which is rather less comedic than on first look. Not that it was ever especially funny.