Parisians try to pronounce challenging English words like 'squirrel' and 'Massachusetts'

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/06/12/parisians-try-to-pronounce-cha.html

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I imagine my attempts at pronouncing French would be at least as laughable, at least until I had time to practice.

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Edge Hog … oooh la la!

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In fairness, Massachusetts isn’t an English word.

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To be honest, laughing at the French never gets old.
Because I’m British, and we are like siblings that way.

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Someone should do the same thing with people in Pittsburgh and ‘squirrel’, the results would be similar.

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Squirrel Middle English shortening of Old French esquireul.

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I’m guessing Durham would be door-ham, but I wouldn’t be cruel enough to throw electroencephalographically at someone.

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Square Fren!

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challenging English words like ‘squirrel’

Interesting choice.

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What makes it even better is that your embedded video was blocked by Privacy Badger.

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I love this clip from Gaki No Tsukai (AKA: Batsu game. Aka: The Punishment game)

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“Durrem”, more or less.

I meant the French version…

Of course, they didn’t seem to give the interviewees much time to parse the words, though.

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There’s a Durham in France?

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Beats me. Did you watch the video?

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No, I just waded in ignorantly. Starting to regret that now.

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Hey, that’s my thing. Leave the ignorance to me :smiley:

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ETA: There’s a Durham in both the UK and Ontario, so maaaaybe they might know how to pronounce it?

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