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What would you say to a friend/colleague who pointed out, kindly

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MadameCastafiore Sun 17-Feb-13 16:28:28

That you were mispronouncing a foreign word?

Just wondered if I am touchy or this is another time when she says something to me and I should stand up for myself?

moondog Sun 17-Feb-13 17:15:42

'thigh' food? grin
Bless her. How do you keep a straight face?

Gilets get a mangling don't they?
Beloved by jaunty middle aged Per Una types who have no idea how to say the word properly.

Turniphead1 Sun 17-Feb-13 17:17:54

There's a famous example of an Irish DJ doing a quiz on the radio in the 90s when he asked the contestant what "Mongey Toots" were. Oh, it was a more innocent time back then, vegetable wise.

LynetteScavo Sun 17-Feb-13 17:18:08

Well, at work we all howled when a (educated and worldly wise) collegue mispronouced a common foreign food.

We all now refer to it as that colleague did, but she's a good sport. (Or maybe she now hates us all grin)

GetOrf Sun 17-Feb-13 17:19:36

Lol at porn, no I meant as in Sean Penn. So Penne proniunced penn.

I say gilet to rhyme with millet JUST to piss my daughter off.

DollyTwat Sun 17-Feb-13 17:21:44

I have an app called howjsay and have just learnt how you say 'meme''

I can take requests if you want

Booyhoo Sun 17-Feb-13 17:22:23

"mongey toots" grin

ok the penne/sean thing

someone upthread said their relative pronounces the word 'penne' as if they are saying the word pen (what you write with wink) but the poster used the actor Sean Penn (sp?) as a reference instead but thought it was enough to just use his first name and that people would get what she meant.

she wasn't saying that Sean is prounounced like 'penne' (the pasta) or that 'penne' is pronounced like porn or anything like that.


Turniphead1 Sun 17-Feb-13 17:22:24

Sometimes a full on "correct" pronunciation of a foreign word is worse than anglicising it. People who do the full on "th" for "z" in Spanish words really get in my tits too.

Booyhoo Sun 17-Feb-13 17:23:10

xpost with getorf

GetOrf Sun 17-Feb-13 17:23:14

Fucking norah I have just noticed that mumsnet has an etiquette topic.

Just for us budding Hyacinths.

BelindaCarlisle Sun 17-Feb-13 17:23:18

i kno i know it was ZABAGLIONE

MadameCastafiore Sun 17-Feb-13 17:23:52

If someone pointed out to me that I mispronounced something I'd laugh and ask them if it were really true and then thank them.

Why be nasty and defensive???????

Somethingtothinkabout Sun 17-Feb-13 17:24:04

Turniphead I say it like Rise-ling, but I'm also interested to know if that's correct!

Booyhoo Sun 17-Feb-13 17:24:22

how do you say meme? i say meem, is that right?

DollyTwat Sun 17-Feb-13 17:24:53

My app doesn't know Reisling
It's not that good obviously

BreadForMyBREADGUN Sun 17-Feb-13 17:24:56

How do you say gilet?

GetOrf Sun 17-Feb-13 17:25:07

Thank you boo - please can you accompany me in my daily life so you can explain things to people when they look hmm at the things have just said all the bloody time grin

happyhorse Sun 17-Feb-13 17:25:27

I have a friend who calls Euros Eurios. I know what she means and think correcting her would be rude as it would make her feel embarrassed. If you knew what she meant then YWBU to have corrected her.

DollyTwat Sun 17-Feb-13 17:25:30

Yes it's meem

Rattitude Sun 17-Feb-13 17:25:32

Oh yes, bruschetta is a good one that many people mispronounce; it should be 'brusketta' not ' bruchetta'. wink

happyhorse Sun 17-Feb-13 17:26:11

Sorry - thought I was in AIBU.

GetOrf Sun 17-Feb-13 17:26:22


Jilly Goolden told me.

DollyTwat Sun 17-Feb-13 17:26:30

Gilet is jeelay

BelindaCarlisle Sun 17-Feb-13 17:27:24



adn its LEDERHOSE - not hosen. trousers are SINGULAR in german

and here is my sisters favourite.

say "powder compact"
NOTE emphasis on pronouncing of compact.

now say compact disc

what the fuck happens?

Trills Sun 17-Feb-13 17:27:37

In general I'd like to know if I was mispronouncing a word, because there are quite a few words that I know only through reading them and haven't really heard in RL

But if you are insisting that I say a word how it is pronounced by native speakers in a sentence of that language when there is an accepted anglicisation of the word, you need to chill out.

GetOrf Sun 17-Feb-13 17:27:56

Or was it tagliatelle?

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