Forte

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5 comments on this post.
  1. Sue Schroeder:

    Actually, the French word “forte” would be prounounced with the final t because it has the e afterwards, which means you pronounce the previous letter.

  2. Elizabeth Lightwood:

    If you want to be clever you can snark those who mispronounce it by saying something like: “Well, correct grammar and pronounciation has always been my forte,” or, if you don’t mind being utterly rude, “I can see pronounciation isn’t your forte.”

  3. Mark Holman:

    Elizabeth: I’m afraid that if I tried to be snarky by chiding people about their “pronounciation” it would be me who looked like the idiot. I don’t think many people would get the joke about the mispronounced pronunciation.

  4. Topi:

    Dearest creature in creation
    Studying English pronunciation

  5. Jim:

    I think the most important part of this is the quote; “rapidly becoming standard”.
    Language is a consensus. If a roomful of people decide that “gluff” means one part of a pair of gloves, THAT’S WHAT IT MEANS ! If YOU happen to misunderstand that, then you speak a language of another region,or at least, another room. It’s not much different than “offen” vs. offTen. The thought gets conveyed, which is the purpose of language to begin with.

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