You Say Bay-YON-say, I Say Bee-YON-say

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All I know is that this is essential:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEr0BPOfV…

Best version of Single Ladies. Captain Jack!
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pregnance.
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I have never heard anyone pronounce it Bay-yon-say. That's just terrible. The accent over the last e would technically make it beyon-SAY, but that is also terrible. I'm pretty sure the accent is just there so people know the e isn't silent. That leaves us with Be-YON-say.

Whichever you choose - and really, there is no wrong answer here - I think we can all agree that Beyonce is the worst name of all time.
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It's bee-YON-say. I am from Houston; we're all taught this in school.
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I believe it's pronounced, goe-eld-digg-eng-ho from the original Norwegian.
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BEE-yontz.
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Guarantee that inogolo.com saw the accent over the final e and interpreted it as a cue to put the emphasis on the last syllable.

Bee - YAWN - say.
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Am I the only one who pronounces the "Be" with a short "e"? More bih than bee?
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As a poc, I guess I was lucky to be born with a plain name. We should pick up our pitchforks and go after her parents for having the audacity to be original.
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I say Mary J. puts her miles in the shade.
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I pronounce it "who gives a shit?"
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@11 you took the proper pronunciation right out of my mouth.
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I-DON'T-care.
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I knew a guy once who liked to drop the first e and lean on the o: b'yaaaahn-say.

Seems to me pronouncing it bay-ahn-SAY makes it a French verb or adjective. To say that someone is beyoncé (interestingly, this is in the masculine), would be to say that he has been beyonced, which I'm increasingly convinced is some kind of wall or window treatment.

Les fenêtres sont ici beyoncées de satin bleu.
The windows here are beyonced with blue satin.
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we call her 'b'..as in the letter. it don't matter , she ain't gonna pick up anyway.
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I've never heard anyone say bay-yon-say. That's wack.

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@8 - No, not the only one.

B'YON-say

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I'm glad this came up, as all of you have it wrong (understandably): it's Italian, not French. Thus, bee-yon-CHAY. Rolls right off the tongue, and it's a very pretty name.
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My French aunt pronounces it in a very French way I can't even represent fully. She says "bay-YON-zeh." And Jay-Z is "dzah-ZAY."
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I say 'talentless hack who couldn't carry a tune in a bucket'.
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"Bouncy".