Coup de grace

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Thu May 27 15:05:55 UTC 2004

And how about "forte" with acute [e]?  Is that Italian or French?

At 09:25 AM 5/27/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>At 09:02 AM 5/27/2004, you wrote:
>>Ever since this thread started, I've had in the back
>>of my mind that there was another hypercorrection of
>>French I frequently hear, but I couldn't think what it
>My wife and I have collected a number of these over the years.  One was a
>night club in Brooklyn called the Eleganté, pronounced that way.  And my
>late mother-in-law (who should have been a linguist) heard someone a number
>of years ago on Washington Week in Review say [rezone dEtre] (i.e. as if
>there were acute e's after both words).

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