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What are your favorite French Loan words in the English language ?

I absolutely love "repetoire" and "Repartee". I also love "Oeuvre" ,"etiquette" and "lingerie".

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I absolutely love … "lingerie".
I love it when it's pronounced correctly. The majority of Americans screw up the vowels.

Brits do a lot better with French pronunciations, but Americans win on the Spanish words.

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How do you mispronounce 'lingerie'??

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I was thinking the same thing. Nobody mispronounces it unless they're complete idiots reading the word and don't know it's "lingerie".

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How do you mispronounce 'lingerie'??
If it sounds like lawn-zha-RAY, it is very far from the actual French pronunciation of lenzhe-REE. Most Brits are much closer than Americans to the correct French pronunciation. When mispronounced it is the most grating French word in the American language, where the spelling was borrowed, but not the sound.

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I pronounce it 'longeraye'

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Ménage à trois

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fellation

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Déjà vu

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Déjà vu

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I love the simplicity of the French word eau for water, pronounced ō.

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