Fish and Fragrance? Not a combination that readily springs to mind. The only aroma associated with fish is decidedly not fragrant, unless you are refined enough to think about a “Bouillabaisse”or a delicate fish stew spiked with saffron. But just ‘fish’? I don’t think so. By now, I’m sure you are wondering what on earth this has to do with a site of pronunciation, so let me explain : I was in Duty Free a while ago, and saw a very well-dressed woman go up to a saleslady and imperiously demand a bottle of perfume, which she loudly and firmly asked for by name: – ‘pwahssoh~’.
The reason clichés, such as “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” become clichés is because they are so annoyingly true. If the prospective purchaser had just spared everyone at the store what she remembered of her high-school French, and asked for what she wanted using English pronunciation, she would have avoided publically humiliating herself, and mortifying everyone else at the fragrance counter by asking for ‘fish’ – because that is what her pronunciation indicated in French. Yes, “poisson” is French for “fish”.