How do you pronounce 'gyro'? (50)

1 Name: Food Lover : 2007-11-10 16:26 ID:7jN1t8/r

I've always pronounced it jai-roh. My parents pronounce it jai-roh. I've never had a waiter or waitress point out that it was anything different when I've ordered one. A couple months ago I was talking about a gyro I had to an aquaintance and they had no idea what I was talking about. After I described it to them they said something like "Oh, you mean a gyro?", only they pronounced it sort of like 'year-oh' or 'euro'. What is the correct way to pronounce it? Are both ways acceptable, like tomato, or vase?

2 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2007-11-10 19:06 ID:eY/a8AoX

3 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2007-11-11 02:04 ID:JlrY+gTT

I've always said jai-roh. Dammit, I want some now :(

4 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2007-11-11 08:57 ID:4LrE7D+S

Everyone around here spells it Yeeros which avoids the issue of pronunciation entirely. Funnily enough this "gyro" spelling... the first time I've seen it spelled was just now, on this thread.

5 Name: Food Lover : 2007-11-11 20:05 ID:7jN1t8/r

I haven't seen it spelled yeeros until now. Perhaps the spelling is a regional preference?

6 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2007-11-11 21:29 ID:xApdkgDb

I've always said Hero, not Year-Oh...

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7 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2007-11-15 01:51 ID:4LrE7D+S

I thought Hero was a sandwich thing you buy at a Seven 11.

8 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2007-12-14 22:51 ID:3CgrYcUD

It's pronounced "kebab"

9 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2007-12-14 22:58 ID:eY/a8AoX

I think you mean "donair."

10 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2007-12-14 23:15 ID:3CgrYcUD

>>9 If by that you mean "Döner".

11 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2007-12-15 04:00 ID:4LrE7D+S

They're döner kebabulous.

12 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-02-13 07:23 ID:GmIcIsZJ

I've always pronounced it yur-row. That's how they said it at the greek fair run by the greek orthodox church and that's good enough for me.

13 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-02-20 17:18 ID:vbBFHNyp

I love natto now.

14 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-02-20 19:07 ID:1GK08AoW

First thing I said when I saw this thread was yeah I call them gyros (gyroscope) but WTF does it have to do with food. The wiki link helped, we usually say kebab here. There's either doner or shish, and you can have chicken or lamb but the chicken is usually far more expensive for less meat. I don't mind though because the way they cook their chicken is incredible so I get a mixed kebab.

15 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-02-23 13:33 ID:7Srg19Un

I say "jai roh"

16 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-03-30 23:22 ID:GmIcIsZJ


Then you say it wrong

17 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-03-31 05:14 ID:vRQxXqvQ

jai-roh here too

18 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-03-31 13:05 ID:Heaven

Maybe people should stop spelling it gyro if they don't want people to pronounce it as gyro.

19 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-03-31 20:30 ID:7PqJOezn

It's pronounced "ee-ro", not "jai-roh". Confirmed this with someone who makes gyros every day.

20 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-04-01 12:30 ID:Heaven

Then stop calling it a gyro. Call it a Yero or an Eero.

21 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-04-09 20:34 ID:bvLGyU3s

"g" as in "gap"
"y" as in "mystic" (but with a longer vowel)
"r" like the Spanish r
"o" as in "on" (as in British dialects)

22 Name: fast chef : 2008-04-14 05:42 ID:zyTeNFTn


23 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-04-14 17:44 ID:YsjKw/XE


24 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-04-14 20:32 ID:Heaven

Every time I see this thread, I have Dougy Giro by The Toy Dolls that bumps in my mind.

25 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-04-20 13:52 ID:dj0WlOGr


26 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-04-25 05:18 ID:Fw62bWNn


27 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-04-27 12:44 ID:Heaven

Jin Roh

28 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-05-10 17:42 ID:Fw62bWNn

An Hero

29 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-05-22 11:11 ID:Heaven

Coming from a Greek family that owns a Greek restaurant, I can assure you all that the correct pronunciation is like YI-roh.

30 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-06-16 17:06 ID:KlsbFKpZ

gyro= "ghee-ree-yo" quickly

31 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-06-18 11:37 ID:LsOVQXMT

Raoh pwns them all, you fool!

32 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-06-27 03:19 ID:8M2LxCvY

It's "Jai-roh!" like "Gyroscope" ;)

33 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2008-09-25 06:27 ID:6FLRd2v4


34 Name: Heimlich : 2012-02-10 21:14 ID:BQu+N9ZM

from an american perspective, the g is silent the same as with the words gnome or gneiss, some historic relic left attached in the visual spelling, it can be difficult or even unwanted to change tradition.

35 Name: Lady Gaga : 2012-03-18 19:49 ID:My3U1FgG

I pronounced it "Lady Gaga".

36 Name: Mike Gooch : 2012-12-11 01:23 ID:SHfZNCvK

rusty trombone

37 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2012-12-24 20:45 ID:XMM/OXh+

Apparently it's supposed to be pronounced "yee-ro", but my Pittsburghian slang (I can thank my parents for that) causes me to pronounce it "jai-ro".

38 Name: Bug Pope : 2013-01-04 05:03 ID:CBcDXoFq


39 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2014-08-24 20:23 ID:H9rUHTWa

when I was in greece, they pronounced it yi-roh

40 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2014-08-27 22:54 ID:QDdJ1ZiX


41 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2014-09-23 02:36 ID:d9BfSOO8


> yi-roh

Is that i as in fit? As in having? As in pie?

42 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2015-04-08 17:18 ID:4+43Ksfj


43 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2015-04-30 22:48 ID:hqVAHfuq

>>41 "i" as in "having." It could also be written as "yee ro" and the accent should be on the first syllable.

44 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2015-05-12 21:35 ID:FX3xHNEu

Incorrect. The G is just a transliteration of the Greek letter gamma. Before iota or epsilon (i or e) gamma makes a sound similar to the Y in English. So it's not a silent letter, it's just a spelling convention we're not used to.

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48 Name: Anonymous Chef : 2015-07-19 06:31 ID:bojQsbYE

I pronounce it with the Y sound cuz thats what my grandfather did and he was real good with pronouncing words from Mediterranean cultures (also he was quite taken with the foods). Probably because he lived there for a while.

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