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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ronnie's Pinky wrote:
rudyZ wrote:
Oh, and back to absent accent on the first e... in such a circumstance, a slight accentuation would be implied. We would only pronounce it "luh-mo-nyay" if the name came from two seperate words, "le" and "monier". In this case, the root seems to be "lemon" (which is still not a french word, in french, "lemon" is "citron"), in which case the e is often attached to the m to produce a slightly accentuated sound. So it should definitely be "lem-o-nyay", if you're willing to accept my 30 years of french language expertise.


Yeah, I was assuming that is was a compound name coming from le and monier (though I have no idea what the hell a monier is supposed to be), which would imply the normal pronunciation of the "le" article. If that is not the case, then it should obviously be pronounced along the lines you have suggested, with more of a "leh" in the first syllable. As it is with so many French words, the line between two syllables is often hard to draw - in this case the 2nd and 3rd bleed into one another with a little "ny" linking sound. "monier" is not really properly seperable into separate consonants, but for English speakers, we have to come up with some approximation.

I am theoretically a French speaker, myself, or at least my mother would like to think so, though in truth, I haven't spoken the language regularly since I was a kid. At any rate, "Lemon...wah" is nothing less than an abomination, but I don't care if he can get to the quarterback.



We should find him a nickname and leak it to the media, and insist on it until it replaces his actual name.
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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rudyZ wrote:
We should find him a nickname and leak it to the media, and insist on it until it replaces his actual name.


My money's on "lemonade", which is spite of being a silly nickname, is still closer to the proper pronunciation of his name that the way he actually says it. Either that, or we should just start writing his name Lemonoir (which sounds like a Franglish portmanteau meaning black lemon...lol) until he gets things sorted. Who knows? Maybe the name was Lemonoir is the past, and the spelling got bastardized at some point? It is impossible to know with north american names, especially when they've gone through the blender that is cajun country.
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