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beast's avatar


srmorgan's avatar

The sandwich “yee-ro”

srmorgan's avatar

The gyroscope, as Beast suggested

PupnTaco's avatar

Gyroscope: jai-row
Gyro (pita sandwich): yee-row

cooksalot's avatar

Well the Greek guy at the Greek festival kept correcting me and said you-row.

beast's avatar


Just steal the previous answers and call them your own, why don’t you?

robmandu's avatar

Like this: “Um, no thanks. Where’s the brisket?”

marinelife's avatar

Jī‘rō for scientific device. The Greek sandwich varies by area. Here it is yē‘rō.

elchoopanebre's avatar

I’ve heard Greek people who work in Mediterranean restaurants pronounce Gyro’s (the beef and lamb meat) Gee-rows.

But I’ve also heard them call it Hee-rows.

And Yee-rows.

I guess Yee-rows is correct…?

charliecompany34's avatar

yee-ro. contrary to popular belief, some cultures pronounce this word like “ji-ro.” i was in front of a captive audience one day and chose to tell about my day at lunchtime. i said i had a “yee-ro” and several jumped to the opportunity to correct me. to my delight, i was glad i knew the proper pronunciation, but the english language sometimes does not respect silent g’s, j’s and from other vernaculars. they are comfortable with just saying plain old JI-RO. some say “GUY-ro.” but rest assured my friend—and im not even greek—it’s “yee-ro.” next time you order it the right way, you’ll get some extra lamb and cucumber sauce on that pita sandwich. ;)

scamp's avatar

I notice when I order the sandwich in Tarpon Springs Florida, I get a much better one if I say Yee-row, than if I say Jyerow. The greeks there like that I know the correct way to pronounce it.

Magnus's avatar


I’ll try not to though.

berocky1's avatar

Ur-oh sounds like euro the eroupean currency

PupnTaco's avatar

@ beast: way to be.

beast's avatar


Way to copy.

ezraglenn's avatar

I have heard it pronounced ghee-row.

Zaku's avatar

Depends on what word you mean. The meat wrapped in bread, according to my local actual Greek (as in, regularly goes back to Greece) deli owner is pronounced like the word “year” plus “oh”.

Gyro as in gyroscope is pronounced like j + eye + ro.

At least, by me. ;-)

morphail's avatar

In Greek it is [ʝiro]. In English [jiro].

breedmitch's avatar

To clarify even further, greek has a vowel sound that is similar (somewhat) to the umlauted u of german. The gy- is pronounced by making the lip shape of english “oo” and then saying “yee” through it. I can see why cooksalot thought he was saying Yoo-roh.

morphail's avatar

@breedmitch: Ancient Greek had that vowel, modern Greek doesn’t, it just has /i/.

breedmitch's avatar

True. I think the point I was trying to make is that Greek speakers don’t make the american ee (say “cheese”) mouth shape to pronounce /i/.

samrt's avatar

Like “Euro”

robmandu's avatar

@libraryguy, rhymes with meow?

Because I like that.

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