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#139431 - 02/15/05 10:31 PM Re: Québec use of trompe-l’œil
Vernon Compton Offline
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Wordwind, that little joke was not mine originally.
http://www.wordsmith.org/awad/awadmail124.html


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#139432 - 02/16/05 04:18 AM Re: Québec use of trompe-l’œil
Wordwind Offline
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Oh, thanks, Vernon. In the spirit of the scholarly pedantic or pedantically scholarly, I'll quote from the link you provided:

"a Robert Benchley bon mot claims that French has five vowels, namely ong, ong, ong, ong, and ong."

...just in case anyone cares to quote Mr. Benchley directly.


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#139433 - 02/16/05 12:14 PM Re: Québec use of trompe-l’œil
Sparteye Offline
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Registered: 01/05/01
Posts: 1773
Thanks, Bel. I think I understand the sound you mean, although it will take practice before I'm willing to try it in public.


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#139434 - 02/16/05 09:24 PM Re: Québec use of trompe-l’œil
belMarduk Offline
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You can practice it on me. I promise I won't laugh.

Don't forget you have to pucker your lips a little when you're saying L'oeil.


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#139435 - 02/17/05 11:48 AM Re: sans atout
maverick Offline
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> You can practice it on me... Don't forget you have to pucker your lips

vien ici, cherie :{}


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#139436 - 02/18/05 05:31 PM Re: sans atout
belMarduk Offline
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I'm very suspicious monsieur Maverick...is this really about learning how to pronounce l'oeil. Sounds more like if you are interested in the French tongue.


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#139437 - 02/18/05 07:54 PM Re: the French tongue
maverick Offline
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Do French skills need constant practice? You know, that feeling of being let down by vocabulary, feeling it's on the tip of your tongue yet not quite coming to you... <EG>

But I have never been less than dazzled at the stylish way French women roll their 'r's.


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#139438 - 02/18/05 08:01 PM Re: Québec use of trompe-l’œil
Wordwind Offline
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Why is the o squished up against the e: œil?

If the o weren't squished up against the e, would there be a discernible difference in pronunciation?


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#139439 - 02/18/05 08:34 PM Re: Québec use of trompe-l’œil
maverick Offline
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> If the o weren't squished up against the e, would there be a discernible difference in pronunciation?

yep, it ud be e see, er!


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