the pronunciation of "patio"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jul 21 03:48:43 UTC 2009

At 10:39 PM -0400 7/20/09, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
>I don't see a pronunciation of "patio" with /S/ or /s/ in English
>dictionaries at a glance.
>However, handy on-line French dictionaries (ATILF, Acad. Fran.) show
>"patio" pronounced both /patjo/ and /pasjo/, the latter close enough to
>Baum's presumed /paSiow/ I think.
>So maybe this is a Frenchified pronunciation.

Perhaps "patio" is pronounced /pasjo/ by those
thirsty Francophones who take it to be derived
from "patience" /pasj√£ns/, the quality which one
might need (or lack) while sitting in one's
recliner for that glass of wine.


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