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.
I hope this isn't a too stupid question?
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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.
The way I understand it from living with my Spanish-speaking counterparts down here is....I am bi-lingual and agree with this assessment.
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.
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.
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.Thanks for the insight!
Clear as mud?
Bottom line, both pronunciations are correct when speaking Spanglish.