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Old April 11th, 2007, 12:25 PM
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Coco Cay

Is it Cay like 'way' or Cay like 'key'?

I know it's a little island like the Florida Keys but I have seen differing advice about pronounciation.

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Old April 11th, 2007, 12:28 PM
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I usually say Cay like way, but I hear Key all the time too. I think either way is correct, but I think that RCI says key.
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Old April 11th, 2007, 12:29 PM
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It can be either way. The English dictionary gives both "ka" and "ke" with long a's and e's.
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It is actually pronounced "KEY". You can use either one, however, having spent several years in the Bahamas, whenever we would hear someone say " cay" we would know they were tourists. LOL.
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Old August 21st, 2009, 06:10 AM
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Default Cay....correct way to pronounce?

When referring to the private islands with Cay, is it pronounced "kay" or "key"?

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Thanks so much. I did a search on the Private Island forum, but nothing showed.
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I've been back since that last thread - I made sure I was saying 'key' to appear very knowledgeable but the ship's staff were all saying 'Kay'!
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I've heard both from crew and passengers ... some say "kee", some say "kay". I normally say "kee", but if surrounded by people saying "kay" then that seems to be what comes out of my mouth!
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Old August 21st, 2009, 07:45 AM
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Oh great, now we'll have people talking about the Keyman Islands.
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Here's how I separate out the pronunciation regarding Cay.
If it is spelled CAY as in Half Moon Cay then I say "kay". If it is spelled Caye as in Caye Caulker in Belize then I say "key". I haven't had anyone laughing at me yet.
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I always thought it was pronounced Key, but when I was on board the captian pronounced it cay. I found this on Wikipedia

Cay

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A cay (also spelled caye or key; pronounced as "key,"
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The way I understand it from living with my Spanish-speaking counterparts down here is....

If you are pronouncing the word in Spanish, the proper pronunciation is "kay."

However, since most islands (as we know them) are preceeded or proceeded with English words like "Little Stirrup Cay," the proper English pronunciation is "key."

This is how the Florida Keys came to be spelled K-E-Y, from the English pronunciation of the word.
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One of the best children's book out there is _The Cay_ which we (and my son's teacher) all called "The Kay", (not "The Key")

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cay

But, IMO I say poe-ta-toe, you say paa-tat-toe
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It is actually pronounced "KEY". You can use either one, however, having spent several years in the Bahamas, whenever we would hear someone say " cay" we would know they were tourists. LOL.
Agree with the above. We lived in the Caribbean for almost 5 years, both in the Bahamas & St. Maarten, traveling to lots of other islands while there. Locals pronounce it Key, tourists pronounce it Cay. As one poster suggested; think of Key West in FL & that will keep you on track.
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The way I understand it from living with my Spanish-speaking counterparts down here is....

If you are pronouncing the word in Spanish, the proper pronunciation is "kay."

However, since most islands (as we know them) are preceeded or proceeded with English words like "Little Stirrup Cay," the proper English pronunciation is "key."

This is how the Florida Keys came to be spelled K-E-Y, from the English pronunciation of the word.
I am bi-lingual and agree with this assessment.
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As it was explained to me a few years ago by an RCI CD, RCI purposely says it as "cay" when referring to Coco Cay.
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As it was explained to me a few years ago by an RCI CD, RCI purposely says it as "cay" when referring to Coco Cay.
That is correct since the entire name is Spanish. The English translation is Coconut Key. If you refer to it by it's charted name, Little Stirrup Cay, you would pronounce cay as key.

Clear as mud?

Bottom line, both pronunciations are correct when speaking Spanglish.
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That is correct since the entire name is Spanish. The English translation is Coconut Key. If you refer to it by it's charted name, Little Stirrup Cay, you would pronounce cay as key.

Clear as mud?

Bottom line, both pronunciations are correct when speaking Spanglish.
Thanks for the insight!

My first trip to CoCo Cay the tour guide on the jet skis told us the correct pronunciation is "key" but last time we were there the guide on the jet skis said it is "kay." This is after I thought I was wicked smaht saying "key." I prefer "kay" anyway but felt sufficiently like a donkey with 95%+ saying "kay." In the end I just had a ton of CoCo Locos and didn't care what anyone thought.
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