"Target" as a French word?

Miriam Meyers miriammeyers at VISI.COM
Tue Jan 18 18:37:28 UTC 2005

On Jan 18, 2005, at 12:29 PM, Grant Barrett wrote:

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> Subject:      Re: "Target" as a French word?
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> On Jan 18, 2005, at 13:08, Miriam Meyers wrote:
>> This topic was discussed briefly on the list a few years ago.  Many
>> Minneapolitans I know use this pronunciation.  (Target is based here,
>> and many of us have shopped here for years.)  The French pronunciation
>> is referred to  regularly in the news.
> Do they use that pronunciation in the news without comment, or do the
> call it out as being unusual or jocular?
> Grant Barrett
If memory serves, it usually appears in quotation marks, with a
spelling like Targzhay.  The Star Tribune archives would no doubt yield
examples.  Target is in the news frequently.

Miriam Meyers

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