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The Welcome Mattmember
193 posts
Location: Manchester NH USA


Posted:
I was just thinking as I was in a situation where someone asked me what is that thing that you do with the two balls? (this isn't going to be as bad as it sounds) I actually had to admit that I have never had to say the word before. How do you even pronounce it? Is it poi as in *pwah* or poi as in *poy* (like boy)?haha-i thought that this was an interesting topic
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SickpuPpyNinja Rockstar!
1,100 posts
Location: Denver, Co. U.S.A.


Posted:
I never really gave it much thought, but I suppose that it would depend on what part of the world you're from, diffirent accents and what not. Here in Denver it's "poy", just like boy, as you put it.But, then as far as I knew, that was the only way to pronounce it.------------------If you love something, set it on fire.[This message has been edited by SickpuPpy (edited 25 December 2001).]

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CantusSILVER Member
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Location: Down the road, United Kingdom


Posted:
To rhyme with boy. I've never encountered any other pronunciatians.

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digital milkmember
37 posts
Location: Pennsylvania, USA


Posted:
(taken from the articles page on HOP)-------------------------------------------That word "poi"Pronounced like "Toy", "Boy" likes "Poi"(ie Poy). In Hawaiian Poi is a product made from the popular taro ("Colocasia esculenta") plant. You wrap the root in ball of leaves. Then attach a length of rope and begin swinging and bashing against a rock. After some bashing the taro root becomes a paste-like finger-food, which also called poi. Bashing two balls of Taro at the same time prevents getting overdeveloped on one side of your body. In New Zealand the Maori word "poi" means ball. It is believed by some that the Maori further developed this bashing of taro into a Poi-Poi dance for the females and co-ordination training for the warriors (using rocks swung from flax ropes) before battle. Also in New Zealand the Poi can be used as a representation of a number of items and beliefs One being of the penis or ovaries and fallopian tubes. Poi dancing had been used in the past to attract a partner. Poi is both singular and plural. That is... I have one Poi, and I have 4 Poi. Not pois. Other words that are both singular and plural are "Sheep" and "Fish".

CantusSILVER Member
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Location: Down the road, United Kingdom


Posted:
No, I changd my mind. I wholeheartedly beleive that poi should be pronounced Penguin.

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SickpuPpyNinja Rockstar!
1,100 posts
Location: Denver, Co. U.S.A.


Posted:
Good call Cantus------------------If you love something, set it on fire.

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The Welcome Mattmember
193 posts
Location: Manchester NH USA


Posted:
Hey thanks.. my friend and I have been pronouncing it like **PWAH** for over 2 months now.. i feel like an ass
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Thanks for the input
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CantusSILVER Member
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Location: Down the road, United Kingdom


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So are you going to start pronouncing it "penguin" now?*feels proud he's had an influence on a young life*------------------C@ntusThere's only one way of life and that's your own.[This message has been edited by Cantus (edited 29 December 2001).]

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djrubiomember
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Location: Hilo, Hawaii


Posted:
Mmm.. i eat poi all the time
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i don't think they put the taro on a rope and bash it to make poi, though. they usually use a rock (poi pounder) to smash the poi in a big wooden tray until it's pasty/smooth..

CantusSILVER Member
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15,965 posts
Location: Down the road, United Kingdom


Posted:
My head hurts....

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SickpuPpyNinja Rockstar!
1,100 posts
Location: Denver, Co. U.S.A.


Posted:
Yes, I do believe I will pronounce it "Penguin" now. That way I can be one of the cool kids too
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Wlcome Matt, is your friend from Boston or does he just talk funny?
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The Welcome Mattmember
193 posts
Location: Manchester NH USA


Posted:
he actually does go to school in Boston...

I dreamt that I ate a 10 pound marshmellow and then when I woke up, my pillow was gone!


SickpuPpyNinja Rockstar!
1,100 posts
Location: Denver, Co. U.S.A.


Posted:
That figures.------------------If you love something, set it on fire.

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so_sumimember
7 posts
Location: japan


Posted:
no no not toy, but "poo ee". much cooler

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