"The [attempted] coupe [against Apple] is over."

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Wed May 3 23:22:06 UTC 2006

>Is anyone else old enough to remember when
>"coupé" / "coupe" was still pronounced "coo-pay"
>and no one confused it with "coup" in spelling?
 Yes, indeed. But even then, the marked final e was not universally
honored. Anyone saying "coopay" was likely to be regarded oddly. Now it
seems to be    completely naturalized as "coop" ( but distinguished without
trouble from /coup/ "coo,"  a strike against the received order).  On the
rare occasions when I have reason to use the expression, I still find
"coopay" first in line.
Don't most people just say "two-seater?"

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