What does Depeche Mode mean and how do you pronounce it?
It is a common mistake to assume that the name Depeche Mode is
purely a translation from the French for 'fast fashion'. Where this
error started is hard to establish and when music sites such as the
All Music Guide still get it wrong (also used for Biographies on
the now defunct CDNOW), it is easy to see why this error still
perpetuates across hundreds of sites. As a visitor to 1980-89
pointed out, dépêche means dispatch (or update, message or news),
mode means fashion.
So Depeche Mode means Fashion News or Fashion Update. The confusion arises from someone remembering their high school French: the verb 'se dépêcher' means to hurry, which is probably where the 'fast' originates (thanks to Lawrence Koch for explaining the French translation and the source of the error). So, Depeche Mode is named after the magazine and that name roughly translates as Fashion News. Taken from: http://www.eightyeightynine.com/music/depeche-mode.html
Pronounced (phonetically): "Duh-pesh Mode" as in "Mode of transportation" Long O.