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Thread: Pronounciation (Batik)

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    I used to say Bay-Tick.
    My sister has said Baltick. I told her there is Noel. (can't help myself. It's December)

    I was in a fabric shop and heard someone say Bah-teek.

    I haven't a clue. How do you say it?

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    Main Entry: ba·tik
    Pronunciation: \bə-ˈtēk, ˈba-tik\
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Javanese baṭik
    Date: 1817
    1 : a fabric printed by an Indonesian method of hand-printing textiles by coating with wax the parts not to be dyed; also : the method itself
    2 : a design executed in batik

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    I am terrible at understanding those pronounciation things in the dictionary. Can you make it phonetic?
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfw045
    Main Entry: ba·tik
    Pronunciation: \bə-ˈtēk, ˈba-tik\
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Javanese baṭik
    Date: 1817
    1 : a fabric printed by an Indonesian method of hand-printing textiles by coating with wax the parts not to be dyed; also : the method itself
    2 : a design executed in batik
    Yup, Thanks for the method also. Many quilters believe tied dyed is also a Batik...not so. A wax relief is what makes it a Batik. Thanks for the added info.

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    B a (like u in umbrella) tik (teek

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    maybe it's bat - eek - but the "t" goes with the eek

    ba - teek

    ????

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    Thanks all. :thumbup:

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    I've pronounced it many ways but the important thing is I love it.

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    I'm with the Bah-teak group. Sounds more exotic.

    I've actually done some batik paintings on cloth many moons ago. I worked (not very successfully) with one of those wax drippers but mostly with melted wax and a brush. It was fun to work in all those layers.

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    These are my absolute favorite fabrics!!! They even have their own special place of honor in my stash LOL

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    I love the Batiks, too!! :D They are truly special in their own way. Glad to know how to pronounce it!!
    :D :D :D :D

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    I have never liked batiks UNLESS they are in the quilt - weird, I know but that's how it is - once they are in the quilt I think they are beautiful - I use them from time to time. And I say - buh-teek (pronunciation)

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    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/batik

    click this link and then click the red speaker. It will say the word out loud.

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    I say Bah teek..

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    I never know how to pronounce it, my cousin always laughs at me! Just now falling in love with it.

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    \bə-ˈtēk, ˈba-tik\

    I ran these by my daughter who has done oodles of linguistics courses and she says that they are two entirely different pronunciations... we all win!

    Buh-teak and Baa-tick

    Thanks for asking that!

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    Okay.........how about tomato?? ;)

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    You are right on it this morning Loretta.

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    One can always just point at what one wants and totally avoid the pronunciation issue.

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    I know how to pronounce Chanel no. 5, Mercedes, and trip to New York City. I just cannot afford any of them. :lol:

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    Does it really matter, how to pronounce it? As long as it looks good sewn into a quilt, it's all good. :lol:

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    how bout Sashiko? batik was hard enough. an oriental lady told me it's SHAS i ko.

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    I lived in Indonesia for many years. It is pronounced bah (as in bah-bah-black-sheep) teek, with the emphasis on teek.

    batik rhymes with critique, mystique, physique, Monique......

    Hmmmm, I just realized that the bah-bah-black-sheep is probably pronounced in different ways in different parts of the country. What I mean by bah is something that rhymes with Ma,Pa, draw, saw, claw.

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    On the west coast it's bah teek accent on the teek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    I know how to pronounce Chanel no. 5, Mercedes, and trip to New York City. I just cannot afford any of them. :lol:
    ROFLOL!!! That's a good one!!!

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