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Friday, February 27, 2009

To-may-to, to-mah-to


How do you pronounce:

1. "renaissance"
a. REH-neh-sahns
b. reh-NAY-sahns

2. "rococo"
a. roh-COH-coh
b. roh-coh-COH

and do you think one pronunciation is more pretentious than the other?

9 comments:

Robin said...

I'm #1 for both and do think that #2 is a bit pretentious, as is "SAH-lon" instead of "sah-LON". As in "There was a roh-coh-COH reh-NEY-sahns at the SAH-lon." But speaking that way is the result of too much riding around on the Cha-NEL SEG-way.

David said...

For "renaissance" I use version A.

For "rococo" I use version B because if I'm having a discussion about rococo anything, it's with someone who'll appreciate the humor of my pretentious pronunciation.

erin@designcrisis said...

A for both. I think B is universally pretentious, but can be entertaining when used with a dash of irony.

Oh, wait, unless you're from the UK?

hello gorgeous said...

A for bote.

Cristin said...

I answer A to both....but thankfully never have the need to use the word rococo....

citysage said...

Definitely 'B' is more pretentious in both cases! I therefore use 'A' for both, although I think if you're in a situation when you can use the word rococo, you deserve to pronounce it however you want :)

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

You ask the big questions!!

Sol Kawage said...

A for 1 and B for 2.

Alexis said...

On the days that I'm feigning Englishness, I use B. Most days, I'm just American and I use A.