COSC or C.O.S.C

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COSC or C.O.S.C

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Hi, can anyone settle an arguement?

I recently bought a watch from Mallroy's in Bath and I was wearing my 2015 C70 GB1926 Chronometer, in British Racing Green.

I showed it to the salesguy and I said it was a C.O.S.C and he mentioned/pronounced it 'COSC", as in a word, not pronouncing the letters individually.

So which is it?

COSC or C-O-S-C?

Thanks in advance! :?

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Post by Amor Vincit Omnia »

Tomayto or Tomarto?

CONtroversy or conTROVersy?

Eether (or Eyether) is acceptable, I think.

I say KOSK as a word but I know at least one other forum moderator who says SEE-OH-ESS-SEE! :D

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We are English old boy it's a Tomarto ! :)
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You could just refer to it as a chronometer...or even a c.h.r.o.n.o.m.e.t.e.r :lol: :lol:
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Re: COSC or C.O.S.C

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Ok, well I think I'll sway towards KOSK! Quicker to say. Less to remember too! THANKS!!!!

But if I say Chronometer, do I Chro-NOMator or Chron-o-metre? ;-)

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My first wife and I went round and round about pronunciations. She pronounced it "MAR-iage."

But I pronounced it "you-evil-harpee-you-ruined-my-life." She just couldn't get past our difference on that one.
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For the record, I've always said "kosk" rather than pronounce the letters individually (while wondering if that was correct)
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Re: COSC or C.O.S.C

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS »

As COSC is an acronym for the organization's French language name, Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres I reckon it ought to be pronounced as C-O-S-C.

After all we, here in UK (pronounced U-K, not uk), always refer to the N-H-S or the R-A-F not raf.

Several of our Stateside friends are former US Marines, pronounced U-S Marines not us Marines; as opposed to them Marines. :lol:

Enough? That said I often in discussion use 'kosk'. :-#

Oh, the nuances of the English language.

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I assume you pronounce NASA like the former Egyptian president and NATO as a two syllable word?
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Do you pronounce an acronym as if it were a word or spell out the individual letters P-O-T-U-S or POTUS (other five letter words are available :silent: ). A bit of a moot point really, isn't it :?
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Ok, well I can see both sides, so perhaps I was correct when I said C.O.S.C. originally. But I am lazy, so COSC is the easy way out! :thumbup:

Sorry for throwing this grenade! :escape:

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I think you should allow the sales guy to use his version: and you use yours. Whichever way round it was.

Next time you see him, ask him what the acronym stands for and when he says the words, you say "No, no, the -4/+6 tolerance"!

Or you could pick him up on his French pronunciation Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres?

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Post by albionphoto »

I would say kosk but know it is a proper acronym and not an abbreviation. Perhaps someone should be brave enough to "do a Scottish Watches" and phone them up and see how they answer the phone. I suspect the official version will be Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres but let's face it there's no way I'm saying that every time.
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senna2000 wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:33 pm
Ok, well I can see both sides, so perhaps I was correct when I said C.O.S.C. originally. But I am lazy, so COSC is the easy way out! :thumbup:

Sorry for throwing this grenade! :escape:
This is an interesting thread. As something I’d only ever seen written down, I’d no idea how others referred to it.
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I think it depends to some extent on whether or not it CAN sound like a word. COSC can, NATO can and so on. Something like GBH, NHS etc. can't really.

USA, UK? They would sound silly, though "UCK" might be a good description especially when considering the weather. IWC would be a bit creepy too (EEOOK?). Though a German speaker would say "Ivécé" which sounds OK. (Or is it OCK?)

US States? I sometimes have to stop and think when I see abbreviations (on here at times). TX, CA, NY etc. no problem. I assume that any American would look at Austin, TX and say Texas rather than "TKS"? MA and ME always confuse me if I don't recognise the city (i.e. if it's not Boston or Bangor :lol:)

UK counties: we used to use some weird abbreviations but they are seen less frequently these days: Oxon, Beds, Bucks, Berks, Lancs, Middx, etc.

Syllabic Acronyms: think Geheime StaatsPolizei (Gestapo) ; KriminalPolizei (Kripo)...and of course the communist Politburo.

It's starting to creep in here with the dreaded government offices: OFSTED, OFTEL, OFWAT etc. I really hate those with a passion!
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Re: COSC or C.O.S.C

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IMHO both are totally acceptable, nothing to trigger the "OCD" :lol: Pays yer money....
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