Today's Pet Peeve - guys who correct my pronunciation, and worse, are wrong themselves! ARRRRGGGHHH!!!

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    Sep 05, 2013 5:35 PM GMT
    I spoke the term "chaise lounge" using the standard US spelling & pronunciation. It's an accepted American variant of the French "chaise longue", literally meaning a long chair.

    But a gay guy got all indignant on me, exclaiming how he hated stupid Americans using the wrong pronunciation of things they know nothing about. It was actually "shay lon-gay" (my simplified phonetic spelling of what he said).

    Well, no, even in French it's not shay longay, sorry. And I'm not in France, anyway. But he just dumped all over me for my uneducated, working class ignorance, quite seriously, not in jest.

    So I just broke it off, let him keep his illusions. And who knows, maybe he'll find a Frenchman who'll share his shay longay, or perhaps a naive and easily impressed American. icon_razz.gif

    So endeth my rant for this day.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Sep 05, 2013 5:55 PM GMT
    I say: chase lounger
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    Sep 05, 2013 5:57 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidI spoke the term "chaise lounge" using the standard US spelling & pronunciation. It's an accepted American variant of the French "chaise longue", literally meaning a long chair.

    But a gay guy got all indignant on me, exclaiming how he hated stupid Americans using the wrong pronunciation of things they know nothing about. It was actually "shay lon-gay" (my simplified phonetic spelling of what he said).

    Well, no, even in French it's not shay longay, sorry. And I'm not in France, anyway. But he just dumped all over me for my uneducated, working class ignorance, quite seriously, not in jest.

    So I just broke it off, let him keep his illusions. And who knows, maybe he'll find a Frenchman who'll share his shay longay, or perhaps a naive and easily impressed American. icon_razz.gif

    So endeth my rant for this day.


    Agreed. Gays can be very picky. This is a topic I will cover in my first youtube video. you should give it a watch
  • Hothouse

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    Sep 05, 2013 6:08 PM GMT
    Sounds like the guy was an "ass-whole-gay."
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    Sep 05, 2013 6:18 PM GMT
    chaise longue = 'shaize long'
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    Sep 05, 2013 6:23 PM GMT
    gayinterest saidchaise longue = 'shaize long'

    Yes, or in standard phonetic spelling of the French: SHāz ˈlôNG

    But not "shay lon-gay", as this guy tried to insist and correct me. icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 05, 2013 6:26 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidI say: chase lounger

    Ah, a guy who hangs around the lobbies of Chase banks. icon_wink.gif
  • Bunjamon

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    Sep 05, 2013 7:02 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    Yes, or in standard phonetic spelling of the French: SHāz ˈlôNG


    I know this is a rant on getting corrected and how that blows chunks, but the standard phonetic spelling (as in, the International Phonetic Alphabet, which is what linguists use) is [ʃɛz lɔ̃ɡ]. icon_smile.gif

    In contrast, most Americans say [ʃeɪz ˈlɔːŋ].

    But your indignant gay non-friend sounds like a tool and reminds me of people who insist that fajita is fudge-ee-duh and San Giovese is saen-jee-oh-vay-zee.
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    Sep 05, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    Sometimes I'll act the hayseed and intentionally mispronounce words just to annoy the know-it-alls. My favorite is pâté, or paté which I'll pronounce as one syllable, pate (the word for your head), instead of the correct pah-TEY.

    I live in the burbs; we're not expected to know those fancy French words.
  • Bunjamon

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    Sep 05, 2013 7:21 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    Quel laff riot.


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    Sep 05, 2013 10:42 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidSometimes I'll act the hayseed and intentionally mispronounce words just to annoy the know-it-alls. My favorite is pâté, or paté which I'll pronounce as one syllable, pate (the word for your head), instead of the correct pah-TEY.

    OMG, one of my standard lines involves pâté. It goes way back to 1965 when I saw Barbra Streisand on Broadway in Funny Girl. Nicky Arnstein is attempting to seduce Fanny Brice in a private dining room. He says to the naive Fanny:

    "A bit of pâté?"

    "I drink it all day."

    I'm so awful, I can never be offered pâté when I don't repeat that line, often to the puzzlement of my hosts, or a restaurant server. Only 1 gay man in 100 will know what I mean, and naturally not a single straight one.
  • Cutlass

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    Sep 12, 2013 3:19 AM GMT
    I always thought the words were pronounced shayz lounge. I was not aware of the [i][i]longue spelling. Lots of French words (and phrases) that are used in English have Anglicized pronunciations just like all those Spanish names in the Southwest that are not pronounced in the Spanish way. I think Americans can expect that their accepted pronunciations are far different from the natives' way of saying it.
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    Sep 12, 2013 4:10 AM GMT
    I went to a Pecha Kucha night last week and realized that I have been mispronouncing for years.
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    Sep 12, 2013 4:13 AM GMT
    Well this is odd. Why would one chase a lounge? Aren't those things rather, well, stationary?
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    Sep 12, 2013 4:36 AM GMT
    meninlove said Well this is odd. Why would one chase a lounge? Aren't those things rather, well, stationary?


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    Sep 12, 2013 12:35 PM GMT
    I'm not going to step foot inside this thread!