how do you say 'gilet'. I've never known. I am reduced to calling them waistcoats or even bodywarmers...

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I love those sleveless jackets. Ever since wearing Clothkits 'jerkins' as a child of the 70's. I always have outdoorsy ones made of fleece for keeping warm. But they have never been called 'jerkins' outside of Clothkits. And bodywarmers were padded '80's thingies. They appear to be called 'gilets'.

So, is it gil-et (hard g)
or jill-et
or jill-ay
or gill-ay?

Enlighten me, pleeese, before I make the same fool of myself as I do with other difficult words.

edam Sat 16-Aug-08 14:26:39

I'd say jill-ay but no idea whether that's right - have never had cause to say it out loud. It looks vaguely French but then so does valet and that's pron. vall-it by yer actual aristocrats, I gather.

edam Sat 16-Aug-08 14:27:21

It's not a J though, it's a French g in my head.

psychomum5 Sat 16-Aug-08 14:30:03

<<sits and awaits this answer too, as I too call them body-warmer's so not to be laughed at for saying it wrong>>

pattymc Sat 16-Aug-08 14:30:06

I pronounce it shgeee lay

A french g might be beyond me (iggerant me did art instead at school)! I made this mistake with audax cycling years ago - tried a very french pronunciation but no, it's just as it is spelt. Clear x on the end. And facimile, and oh, countless other words. I read them for years then realise I can't actually say themblush

ThankCrunchyItsFriday Sat 16-Aug-08 14:31:52

It is "Sjill-ay" I'm told!hmm

Jojay Sat 16-Aug-08 14:32:04

Gee - lay - with a french sounding shhggg type noise on the gee part.

cocolepew United States Sat 16-Aug-08 14:35:19

I say gee-lay, but they're really body warmers.

Ah, this shhggg noise, has anyone got any other words with it in, cos I have absoultely no idea what you are on about! (thank you all, btw!)

edam Sat 16-Aug-08 14:40:40

Um, not apart from French words and that wouldn't really help you if you don't know how a French (soft) g sounds, would it?

<<tries to think of examples>> Have you ever met a French bloke called Georges? If you kind of slurred the j in javelin to make it soft maybe that would sound similar...

jura Sat 16-Aug-08 14:41:39

It's the same soft 'g' as the second g in "garage" if you're posh grin ("Ga-rah-dz") but not if you say "Garridge" wink.

hmm, think I'm getting it... Even though I do say 'garridge'grin

trefusis Sat 16-Aug-08 14:49:37

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psychomum5 Sat 16-Aug-08 14:56:20

<<think I am gonna stick to body-warmer>>

grin

RubyRioja Sat 16-Aug-08 15:18:57

my jillay has been appropriated to make a gruffalo costume. good thing really

jura Sat 16-Aug-08 16:32:35

trefusis, a gilet or a mirage?

I have a Joules gilet, got it in the sale v cheap.

dropinthe Sat 16-Aug-08 16:38:17

Jilay-with a slight SH and G sound to the J!!!

dropinthe Sat 16-Aug-08 16:39:31

How to pronounce Buffet???? I say say Buffae-my Mum say Booffae-really annoys me!!!!

themoon66 Sat 16-Aug-08 16:43:59

I've always called it a Gil-et - rhymes with Kill-it.

But then I AM northern and no nowt about poncy stuff. grin

Tortington Sat 16-Aug-08 16:57:58

zshee lay

smugmumofboys Sat 16-Aug-08 17:06:20

It's zhee-lay.

trefusis Sat 16-Aug-08 18:36:28

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CouldYouWouldYouWithaGoat Sat 16-Aug-08 18:40:44

i pronounce it 'pointless garment, if it is that cold wear a coat and if you get too hot take it off'

Podrick Sat 16-Aug-08 18:42:03

Gi - lay
the Gi as in Gigi

Mercy Sat 16-Aug-08 18:47:10

Ah, but I have heard Gigi pronounced with 2 hard g sounds!

Gig geee (bit like giggly)

I've also heard Australasians (dh included) pronounce canape/s in an interesting way.

trefusis Sat 16-Aug-08 20:20:21

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