Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Fri Dec 6 01:26:56 UTC 2002

On Thu, Dec 05, 2002 at 02:17:55PM -0500, Wendalyn Nichols wrote:
> Has anyone run into any printed examples of the short form of "bourgeois"
> that's pronounced "bougie"? I'm editing a text written by a black woman and
> she uses the "bougie" spelling; that's how it sounds when my husband says
> it but I've never seen it written.

There's an extensive entry in HDAS, showing a wide variety of differing
spellings....It's almost always pronounced BOO-zhee, whether spelled
bourgie or boojy or boojie or boogie or bourgie or some other things....

Jesse Sheidlower

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