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Words or names you have only ever seen written and don't know how to pronounce.

(478 Posts)
nkf Sun 16-Feb-14 15:59:46

As pretentious as you like.

I'll start. Can someone tell me how to pronounce "jejeune" and "Fuseli?"

nicename Sun 16-Feb-14 16:03:48

Physilys. I know how it's said, but I always think I sound like I have a speech impediment when I say it.

aftereight Sun 16-Feb-14 16:04:15


nkf Sun 16-Feb-14 16:04:35

Fi si lis? I'm guessing. What is it? A plant? A disease?

nkf Sun 16-Feb-14 16:05:02

I don't know meme. Meem?

sonlypuppyfat Sun 16-Feb-14 16:05:24

Hyperbole, I really have to stop and think.

nicename Sun 16-Feb-14 16:06:46

I think it's the phy when you say f. I usually end up saying it in a growls voice like the dog off That's Life (fissilus)

PollyCazaletWannabe Sun 16-Feb-14 16:06:57

Meme is meem, and I think jejeune is zherzhern (like the French jeune with an extra je sound at the front) but I may be wrong. Don't know the others, sorry.

nkf Sun 16-Feb-14 16:09:42

I know hyperbole. Hi Per Bo Lee. Stress on the Per.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 16-Feb-14 16:26:43


I avoid saying it for this reason.

lemonpoppyseed Sun 16-Feb-14 16:27:05

Fugue. I saw it in a novel last night, and my brain can't seem to figure it out. Is it like segue? Or fuggy? smile

Artandco Sun 16-Feb-14 16:28:03

Fuseli is a type of pasta

pinkfluffypoodleface Sun 16-Feb-14 16:29:22

Fugue - f yoog ( hard f sound like in fair)

Fusili - phew zillie

PollyCazaletWannabe Sun 16-Feb-14 16:29:47

Fugue is fyoog.
Fuseli is not a type of pasta sorry, that's fusilli.

Chip-poe-tlay (chipotle)

nkf Sun 16-Feb-14 16:30:35

I refuse to say chipotle either. Is it a kind of pepper? No idea how it is said.

RayPurchase Sun 16-Feb-14 16:30:42

Meem (not maim as I thought!)

I dont know what fuseli or jejeune mean or how to say them!

nkf Sun 16-Feb-14 16:31:44

Thanks for the Fuseli. I used to assume to it was a soft s sound.

pinkfluffypoodleface Sun 16-Feb-14 16:31:56

I can't think of a phonetic way to describe jejune. If you know how to say 'je' in French then its that, it rhymes with moon

Halsall Sun 16-Feb-14 16:32:35

Fusilli is a type of pasta, artandco. Fuseli was a Swiss artist of the early 19th c. Pronounced not unalike though!

Foo-ZEE-lee (pasta)


FOO-ze-lee (painter)

Stress on the capitalised bits.

HTH grin

BigPawsBrown Sun 16-Feb-14 16:33:35

St John (the name)
Tuxedo (always want to say tu-dex-ho) blush

hoarseoldfrog Sun 16-Feb-14 16:33:36


Alisvolatpropiis Sun 16-Feb-14 16:34:35

Thanks every I can now ask for chipotle sauce at the burrito bar I go to rather than just pointing at it now! grin

cardibach Sun 16-Feb-14 16:34:48

No lay at the end of hyperbole, Ray. It's high-PER-bo-lee/ THe o in bo is very short, almost like uh.

nkf Sun 16-Feb-14 16:35:36

I think St John is Sinjin.

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