Pronuciatoin of the word Stihl

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by procut, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I know this is a really dumb question, but it's really got me curious. How do you actually pronounce Stihl. I always thought it was "steel", but I hear a lot of people say "still". I even heard someone say "style" once. So does anyone know how it is supposed to be said.

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Depend seems like steel and still sound the same.
  3. Josh.S

    Josh.S LawnSite Bronze Member
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    its steel...
  4. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Not to me. Steel like metal, and still like not moving.

    The chair is made of steel.
    He was standing still.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've always heard it pronounced Stihl...atleast on the commercials and such.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    It is a german name, so to pronounce that it starts with 'st' then an 'ee' and with a 'h' towards the end which in german is a tiny pause of sorts but with the sound lingering in the air, and an 'l' finishes it off (omg...)

    So steel is the closest for sake of argument, thou it almost sounds like shteehl but if you were speaking german, you would pronounce it like it says: Stihl.

    s t i h l
    sounds just like it's written :laugh:
  7. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    I agree with the rest..........steel

  8. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hard to put in writing, but my mother-in-law from Germany pronounces it "schtill". Sounds like she is pronouncing the constonants only and not the vowel. Rhymes with "still", but with a "sch" in the front, if that makes any sense. But it's definitally not "steel".
  9. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,624

    I prefer to call it steal
  10. lewdo

    lewdo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 86

    Straight from their website

    Frequently Asked Questions
    General Information About STIHL

    Q. How do you pronounce the name STIHL?
    A. Our name is pronounced exactly like the metal "steel."

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