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  • kiwihill3000
    started a topic Pronunciation Question

    Pronunciation Question

    How do you pronounce the bit, Boucher? I've heard at least 7 different ways of pronouncing it.
    Bow-cher
    Bow-sher
    Boo-cher
    Boo-sher
    Boo-shay
    Boo-chuh
    Boo-jha

    Someone help settle this and help me not sound like an idiot!
    Thanks in advance


  • FitzE
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    Also remember that no matter how good your French is, names needn’t follow pronunciation rules. See Moët et Chandon champagne or Callebaut chocolate. The Callebauts are Belgian so their French will have differences from France French, Swiss French, Québécois, etc. So ultimately you need to know how the person whose name it was pronounced it. Another good example is WEB Du Bois.

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  • Beck
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    Originally posted by danacat View Post
    I asked a horsey friend of mine who lives in France -- and he said it's pronounced boosh-ay. Accent on first syllable.
    Funny, my French horsey friends say "bo-shé".

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  • danacat
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    I asked a horsey friend of mine who lives in France -- and he said it's pronounced boosh-ay. Accent on first syllable.

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  • walkinthewalk
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    Years ago the company I worked for had a field rep whose name was spelled "Boucher". He pronounced his name "Booshay", so that''s how I would pronounce it.

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  • sophie
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    Originally posted by aregard View Post

    If I misspell it first, can I keep pronouncing it that way?
    LOL by all means! It's a free country, as the saying goes...

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  • aregard
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    Originally posted by sophie View Post
    If you want to pronounce Baucher the French way then it's bo-shé ( short o, and final é as in café ot latté).

    But no one will understand you, probably, so go with boe-shay but definitely no final -r sound !!!

    And definitely not BOOO-SHÉ (or boo-shay) because THAT word (boucher) has nothing to do with a Baucher bit - itmeans "butcher" in French
    If I misspell it first, can I keep pronouncing it that way?

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  • sophie
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    If you want to pronounce Baucher the French way then it's bo-shé ( short o, and final é as in café ot latté).

    But no one will understand you, probably, so go with boe-shay but definitely no final -r sound !!!

    And definitely not BOOO-SHÉ (or boo-shay) because THAT word (boucher) has nothing to do with a Baucher bit - itmeans "butcher" in French

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  • Jealoushe
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    I have always said Bau -cher, looks like I have to relearn how to say it lol solarflight Youll love this haha

    https://www.pronouncenames.com/Boucher

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  • Alterration
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    Originally posted by Beck View Post

    Wouldn't "boo" be "Bou-" in French? As in "bouche"? Since it is "Bau-" wouldn't it be differently pronounced?
    Ahh you are correct. Shouldn’t post before coffee

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  • Beck
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    Originally posted by Alterration View Post
    Bo-share. In French it would appropriately be boo-shay (with the y between a y and an r) but I already tend to sound unintentionally pretentious so I try to keep my French injections to a minimum and only use it when I’m actually speaking French.
    Wouldn't "boo" be "Bou-" in French? As in "bouche"? Since it is "Bau-" wouldn't it be differently pronounced?

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  • Alterration
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    Bo-share. In French it would appropriately be boo-shay (with the y between a y and an r) but I already tend to sound unintentionally pretentious so I try to keep my French injections to a minimum and only use it when I’m actually speaking French.

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  • WildLittleWren
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    Originally posted by banmharcach View Post

    All good as an anglicized version as long as that "bow" is as in "take a bow" and not as in "bow-tie" .
    The French version would be "boe-shay"

    Apologies to all phoneticists out there...
    Yes I pronounce it bow as in take a bow

    As for breeches, I call them BREE-CHIZ lol

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  • Salo
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    Boschee. No y.

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  • grayarabs
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    bo shay

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  • Rallycairn
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    They are britches to me, though I can see breeeeches. Don't get "breeks," which I have also heard, but rarely.

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  • aregard
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    Originally posted by Training Cupid View Post

    How do you mispronounce breeches???
    British English is biased by their very national origin. Breeches ise pronounced "Britches". (British Britches.)

    American English is more phonetic. Breeches is pronounced "breeeches."

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  • Beck
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    "Boe-shay"

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  • banmharcach
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    Originally posted by WildLittleWren View Post
    I have always called it a BOW-CHER but... I don't honestly know the real way to say it so take this with a grain of salt
    All good as an anglicized version as long as that "bow" is as in "take a bow" and not as in "bow-tie" .
    The French version would be "boe-shay"

    Apologies to all phoneticists out there...

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  • WildLittleWren
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    I have always called it a BOW-CHER but... I don't honestly know the real way to say it so take this with a grain of salt

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