Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Moleskine Thoughts


I will bet that just about every one of you reading my blog owns a moleskine sketchbook of some sort.  Whether it is a watercolor, lined, grided or just plain ole sketch book, large or small. Yes, I bet that you have tried one at some point.

 My question to you is have you ever thought about how "moleskine" is pronounced??  Up until now I have always ignored the e at the end of the word and pronounced it mole skin. Just like it looks without that pesky e at the end of the word.

While I was reading the September/October issue of Bird Watcher's Digest at the end of the magazine I came upon an article written by Bill Thompson,III.  It seems that Bill also likes to use the Travel notebook:Moleskine.  What really caught my attention in this article is how he says you pronounce moleskine as mol-a-SKEEN-a.  Now Bill travels all over the world birding and of course pursuing business but I believe him when he says that is how it is pronounced.  After all an Italian company makes them.   I'll betcha one more thing...he found out about these lovely books through his wife Julie Zickefoose who is a great artist and writer too.  How do you pronounce moleskine??

15 comments:

Julie said...

Well...I used to sound it out in my head, having never actually SAID the world...as Mole-skin! Now I know the real pronouncation...I just hope I can remember it! LOLOL!

Teri C said...

I always say Mole skin also but I know that the way he pronounces it is the correct way. I just like my way. :)
It's the beauty you put in it that counts.

steviewren said...

I pronounce it Mole Skin...now I know better. And yes, I have one. Does anyone besides me have a hard time drawing in theirs? It is so nice, I don't want to mess it up with a bad drawing.

PAK ART said...

I pronounced it exactly how you did and I'm going to continue to do so. I've never owned one, but I want one. But then I won't want to draw in it because I'll be like steviewren and worry I'm going to mess it up.

soulbrush said...

what an interesting post, you learn something new every day. i say mole skin (as in fore skin), so now i will be saying a fore a skeen a) tee hee.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Stevie, I used to be a little intimidated by that hard cover book but I decided this is what its use is so I just go for it. I have the most trouble with the first and last page of any book I start.

messyfish said...

I have always said mole skin...but of course with an aussie accent! and have NEVER (can you believe it!?) used one. They are so much more expensive than the wonderful Daler Rowney and Fabriano skecth books!

studio lolo said...

OMG I'm laughing so hard at Soul's response!!!!

I'm a creature of habit, I'm afraid and will continue to pronounce it Mole Skin or just say Moley.
But if it were someone's name and I saw them on a daily basis I'd make sure I'd pronounce it right so as not to offend them. Like people who call me laura or laurie or Lauren and then say "whatever!"

But hey, thanks for the Italian lesson and for enlightening me! I never would have thought that's how it would be pronounced ;)

Quiet Paths said...

Oh, you've touched upon one of my passions. I love these in every size, shape and color but the true Italian- makes are my favorites. I think Moleskine used to be a French company way back when but now the Italians make them. Is that right? I of course sketch with words on mine. Lovely post.

Artist Unplugged said...

I probably pronounce it like a redneck...............reading back, my, your artwork in those last three pieces, just blows me away! Keep it up!

julie king said...

i've always pronounced it the same as you but figured i was wrong since the company is italian. i will continue to pronounce it the same -- mostly because i'll never remember the correct way to say it. hee he

Mim said...

I'm going to stick with Moley. I do use them but for some reason, find them intimidating. I don't know why...

Laure Ferlita said...

If we say mol-a-SKEEN-a will anyone know what we're talking about or will they think we have some sort of affliction that we can't pronounce such a simple word????

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Laure you are probably right. People won't know what we are saying if we say mol-a-Skeen-a.

Christine, yes the company was started by someone French. Now it is owned by Italians that have components made in China and then put together in Italy. A very well traveled book before we even get them.

Barbara said...

I think it's a lost cause. I once asked the owner of our local art supplies store and, although he knew the correct way, he said he - and most people - say it wrong. I don't think I've ever heard it pronounced correctly. As I said, I think it's a lost cause!