Dan Goodman dsgood at VISI.COM
Sun Sep 1 19:17:04 UTC 2002

> Date:    Sat, 31 Aug 2002 11:45:12 -0700
> From:    Dave Wilton <dave at WILTON.NET>
> Subject: Re: Quell'
> > Unless you had subtitles, how are you sure of the spelling? How was
> > it pronounced?
> >         "kell"    /kEl/   ?
> >         "kwell"   /kwEl/  ?
> >         "kvell"   /kvEl/  ?
> It is either "quell'" or "quell" in scripts and quotes found on the
> web and pronounced /kwEl/. I was unaware of the French "quelle" and
> the GenX slang terms "QFD" and "QFM." Although this usage doesn't
> quite fit that pattern. Not only is the spelling and pronunciation
> off, but the grammar "She's quell' Fiona" seems odd if the French is
> the source.

Only if used by people familiar with French grammar.

Similarly, the pseudo-French pronunciation of "Target"  almost never
has the correct "r". (I've only heard this in the Twin Cities, but I
suspect wider usage.)

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