Forteh: UK pronunciation

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 8 06:11:50 UTC 2009

I pronounce it "fort" and then see whether anyone has the gonads to
"correct" me. It's a lot of laughs!

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 Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 5:17 AM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at> wrote:
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> A bit off-topic but Hayley Atwell, UK/US dual citizen, uses the
> "forteh" pronunciation of forte, meaning strong point, in her role as
> Bess Foster in The Duchess.
> Everyone else tarring in the movie--Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes,
> Charlotte Rampling and Dominic Cooper--is British. The film was made
> in the UK by a British director.
> As has been discussed here before, the forteh pronunciation is
> apparently considered standard by most Americans.
> BB
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