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British pronunciation

Post by Andrew Feist » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:58 pm

A co-worker asked me, so I figured I'd ask all of you:
"valet" as a person: val-AY, or VAL-ett (or some other choice)?
(Apparently a TV show used the second pronunciation last night.)

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Alec Rivers » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:03 pm

I say VAL-ay, but I have no idea what the most common pronunciation is.

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Jon O'Neill » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:10 pm

val-AY sounds a bit posh to me. I say VAL-ay.

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Charlie Reams » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:24 pm

Jon O'Neill wrote:val-AY sounds a bit posh to me. I say VAL-ay.
I also say VAL-ay, and I actually am a bit posh, at least according to Jonathan "Salt of the Earth" O'Neill.

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Andrew Feist » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:29 pm

Well, in my Kansas accent (which, of course is really the lack of an accent at all ;)) it comes out with the syllables pretty equally emphasized. So I'll consider all those votes for the first option.

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Ian Volante » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:05 pm

VAL-ay, with a flat Yorkshire ay.
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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:06 pm

It's not a word I've ever needed to use.

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by JimBentley » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:29 pm

VAL-ay for the singular, but I think I'd go VAL-ett-ed and VAL-ett-ing (probably more like VAL-ett'd and VAL-ett'n, but that's the accent). No idea if that's how other people would pronounce it though. Although I used to work with a bloke who used to do it for a living, poor bastard. He said it like VUL-ett but he had a speech impediment or was from Cumbria, I could never work out which.

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Ian Volante » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:42 pm

JimBentley wrote:he had a speech impediment or was from Cumbria
Tautology shurely.
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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Karen Pearson » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:23 am

Andrew Feist wrote:A co-worker asked me, so I figured I'd ask all of you:
"valet" as a person: val-AY, or VAL-ett (or some other choice)?
(Apparently a TV show used the second pronunciation last night.)
VAL-ay or VAL-it are both fine. Always with the emphasis on the first syllable though.

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Helen Andrews » Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:49 pm

I'm a VAL-ay girl myself. It reminds me a bit of someone I know who pronounces 'melee' mell-EH, with all the emphasis on the second syllable. It sounds very strange to me.

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Charlie Reams » Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:50 pm

Helen Andrews wrote:I'm a VAL-ay girl.
Like oh my God!

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Marc Meakin » Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:09 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:
Helen Andrews wrote:I'm a VAL-ay girl.
Like oh my God!
I heard you the first time :)
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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:30 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:
Helen Andrews wrote:I'm a VAL-ay girl.
Like oh my God!
I don't know if this is what you were thinking, Charlie, but it's what you made me think. I'm sure, no way!

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Jon Corby » Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:45 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:
Charlie Reams wrote:
Helen Andrews wrote:I'm a VAL-ay girl.
Like oh my God!
I don't know if this is what you were thinking, Charlie, but it's what you made me think. I'm sure, no way!
Would be a bit of a coincidence if it wasn't Matt!

(I lolled btw)

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:49 pm

Apologies. Don't really know how widespread Zappa knowledge is, and I didn't know much about the valley girl stereotype before I'd heard that song, so didn't want to make assumptions.

It's, like, totally bitchin' that we're all agreeing though, fer shur. Tre cool!

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Charlie Reams » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:02 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:Apologies. Don't really know how widespread Zappa knowledge is, and I didn't know much about the valley girl stereotype before I'd heard that song, so didn't want to make assumptions.

It's, like, totally bitchin' that we're all agreeing though, fer shur. Tre cool!
Yeah, I'd never heard that song, it was just a general joke about valley girl English.

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:04 pm

That's Matt 1 - 0 Corby in my eyes.

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Jon Corby » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:19 pm

Haha, pwnt. I retract my lol.

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Ian Volante » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:05 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:Apologies. Don't really know how widespread Zappa knowledge is, and I didn't know much about the valley girl stereotype before I'd heard that song, so didn't want to make assumptions.

It's, like, totally bitchin' that we're all agreeing though, fer shur. Tre cool!
If this sparks anyone into discovering more Zappa, I highly recommend Joe's Garage. Aber beclecken nicht das sofa, sofa!
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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:56 pm

I'd never heard of the valley girl stereotype before or even of valley girls.

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Charlie Reams » Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:54 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:I'd never heard of the valley girl stereotype before or even of valley girls.
Thanks for this.

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:18 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:I'd never heard of the valley girl stereotype before or even of valley girls.
Thanks for this.
No problem. There's loads more where that came from. I've just checked, and it isn't raining outside.

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Re: British pronunciation

Post by Helen Andrews » Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:59 am

There was me thinking 'valley girl English' was something to do with Wales, but a quick google has set me right. I feel like I should make it clear that my accent is most certainly neither "from the valleys" or "valley girl"!

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