Re: Coup de grâce
Arnold M. Zwicky
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Sun May 23 01:45:07 UTC 2004
On May 22, 2004, at 11:17 AM, Damien Hall wrote:
> Heard on NPR, 12 May: the phrase *coup de grâce* pronounced [ku duh
> gra]. It made me wonder how widespread it was to hear French phrases
> that have been imported into English pronounced without their
> legitimate final consonants...
this hyperaccommodation is in plenty of lists of "vulgar errors" in
there is a story, probably apochryphal, that the name of the jazz
musician sidney bechet was pronounced by the french with a final t,
because he was american, but by americans (correctly) without the t,
because he was from new orleans.
arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
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