Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 23 01:48:44 UTC 2009

Misapprehended "French" was certainly my reason for using "grand fine-AL."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 10:45 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
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> At 5/21/2009 09:53 AM, David Bowie wrote:
>>So whence this two-syllable pronunciation? Nativization? A Britishism? A
>>pronunciation i wasn't aware of before?
> Â From misapprehended French? Â E.g., "Marseille".
> Joel
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