"au jus"

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Mon Jan 23 13:53:16 UTC 2012

Is the question here really about the "open o" in the Frenchy word, whether those (Americans) who lack that vowell will hear it--or choose to pronounce it--as /a/ or /o/?


From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Victor Steinbok [aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM]
Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2012 4:21 PM

On 1/22/2012 12:55 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
> I've gone back and forth. I'm never sure which has more currency.
> The Daily Kos instructs the public with its glossary to say "ah": http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/12/13/1044844/-Basic-Culinary-Definitions,-Part-I
> And at http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2010/12/ah-oh-ah-beef-au-jus.html, Chef John says that "ah" is how he grew up saying it.
> Benjamin Barrett
> Seattle, WA
> On Jan 22, 2012, at 6:07 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>> Arby's has been advertising for years the serving of "au jus" that
>> comes with its roast beef sandwiches.
>> The TV commercials used to say "oh zhoo."
>> In the latest version, however, the announcer clearly says "ah zhoo."  In
>> fact, the first two or three times I heard it, I though he was trying
>> to say "Anjou," which made even less sense.

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