Posts Tagged 'French words that are commonly mispronounced'

Do you say coupe or coupé?

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A reader recently asked me to settle a bet she had with her husband – do you  call a two door car a coupe, or a coupé? Well, the answer really depends on whether you speak the Queen’s English, or you live on the other side of the Atlantic. In Europe and the UK, a two door car is most definitely called a coupé.

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Coup de grâce

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. People who have a smattering of French are very mindful of the fact that in this language the final letter of words is usually not pronounced. They forget a small detail – if that final letter is a consonant (any letter except a, e, i, o and u) and it is followed by an ‘e’, then it most certainly is pronounced. ...

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