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to pronounce the champagne Moet mow-ett as opposed to Mow-ay and have a ridiculously stupid mini-row about it?

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GetOrf Fri 03-Jun-11 09:45:06

Disclaimer - I am not a poncetastic twat. Get that in before you lot accuse me. grin

At MILs last night, couple of SILs there. My MIL loves champagne, it was a distinct luxury when she was younger and I don't think she bought a bottle until she was in her 40s. Now she is making up for lost time and I always buy her a decent bottle for her birthdays, mothers day etc.

We were talking about different brands, and she was remembering the different ones she has tried, I said that a cheapish one which I had bought from Sainsbos (Charles something) was rated in the Sunday Times as being better than the more recognised brands such as Moet etc.

At which point my SIL laughed scoffingly and said 'I would have thought you would have known that the French don't5 pronounce the t on the end of the word, it is pronounce Mow-AY' (said in full on condescending terms).

I said fuck off dicksplash 'no it is pronounced Mo-ETT, theword is Dutch anyway'

She carried on 'no it's not, champagne is French not dutch, next you will be saying Edam comes from Wales' hmm

She really got on my tits.

BooBooGlass Fri 03-Jun-11 09:47:08

I say Mow ay. I mocked dp for thinking strawberries came in 'ponnets' just this week. Punnets dp. Punnets.

smokinaces Fri 03-Jun-11 09:48:27

I thought it was pronounced Mow-ay, like Monet is pronounced Mon-ay? confused

TechnoKitten Fri 03-Jun-11 09:49:38

You're daft to be arguing about it rather than drinking it!

But sorry - Moet & Chandon are a French company and it should be pronounced as the French (ie 'mow-ay').

smokinaces Fri 03-Jun-11 09:49:55

Wiki entry Um, it says its French???!

CRS Fri 03-Jun-11 09:50:18

I always thought mow -ett as the dot thing makes the "t" pronounced doesn't it? (disclaimer - not sure at all).

JamieAgain Fri 03-Jun-11 09:50:22

I think you are both wrong

It is pronounced MOAT

WhoAteMySnickers Fri 03-Jun-11 09:50:31

I say Mow-ay.

SofaQueen Fri 03-Jun-11 09:50:40

Actually, DH knows several members of the family which started the Champagne house, and is French so knows the correct pronunciation, and you are closer to the actual pronunciation. It is pronounced "Mwett". You can tell that to SIL.

smokinaces Fri 03-Jun-11 09:51:19


PronunciationVarious mispronunciations of Moët are known, including "mo-way" and "mow-ee". The correct pronunciation is "mo-wett" or "m-wet" (IPA: [moɛt]), as the word is pronounced in Dutch, not French.[8] The company itself is quite firm on this and takes pains to point it out on factory tours.

So it seems actually the OP is correct!! Well, you learn something new everyday!


mousesma Fri 03-Jun-11 09:51:27

It is Mow-et but for some reason even though I know this the Mow-ay pronounciation is so hardwired into my brain I always forget this if I have to say it.

GetOrf Fri 03-Jun-11 09:51:54

I used to pronounce sachet to rhyme with Bob Cratchit grin

SIL also said 'I wouldn't pronounce it Mow-ETT in a restaurant, the waiter would think you were a fool'

At which point I kicked her up the arse. I wish. I just said 'I think I know how to pronounce things correctlym thank you very much'

At which point MIL bustled 'RIGHT anyone want a cup of TEA?'

DP is one of 5 brothers, if you have all the SILs in the house at any one point there is war.

UKSky Fri 03-Jun-11 09:52:17

SofaQueen is right. Also because the full name is Moet Et Chandon you HAVE to pronounce the t at the end of Moet.

gingergaskell Fri 03-Jun-11 09:52:37

Yep, it's NOT mo ay, it's mo ett, as you said. smile
{Or in French mwet, as SQ said, but with an 'English' accent mo ett}

TechnoKitten Fri 03-Jun-11 09:52:48

OMG I take it back.

That'll teach me to read a Wiki article properly!

Various mispronunciations of Moët are known, including "mo-way" and "mow-ee". The correct pronunciation is "mo-wett" or "m-wet" (IPA: [moɛt]), as the word is pronounced in Dutch, not French.[8] The company itself is quite firm on this and takes pains to point it out on factory tours.

dangalf Fri 03-Jun-11 09:53:43

It is pronounced Mo Et due to the trema above the e (the dots). You're right and they are wrong. i would ring them and taunt them at lenght today. i've had this argument myself!

ratspeaker Fri 03-Jun-11 09:53:58

You're right

dalek Fri 03-Jun-11 09:53:59

It is Mow - ett. Moet is a french company but Moet is a Dutch name - although he was born in france

GetOrf Fri 03-Jun-11 09:54:16

Would I be justified in clouting my SIL then?

Any excuse.

winnybella Fri 03-Jun-11 09:54:20

Wiki link Your SIL is wrong.

JamieAgain Fri 03-Jun-11 09:54:58

My mum used to call her car (a Ford KA) a "Kay-ay". Thus missing the whole point about it being a pun/homophone on the word Car

GetOrf Fri 03-Jun-11 09:55:09

dangalf you win 100000 champagnge ponce points for knowing that the dotty whatsits are called a trema. grin

GetOrf Fri 03-Jun-11 09:55:42

I know LOADS of peole who say Ford K A.


CRS Fri 03-Jun-11 09:55:43

Now I know what the "dot thing" is called too! grin

ratspeaker Fri 03-Jun-11 09:56:08
give your dob go in click on heritage
the wifie pronounces the name

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