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> In fact, I believe we should emulate the French
>speakers when we use the French words, like tourbillon...

Try telling the British to do that !!!

I remember how long it took me to work out how "lah b@ RET" ('@' as in
'down th@ middle @nd up @gain') could be spelled, when I was first taught
that figure (in Old Friends meet, I think). Vowel for vowel, consonant for
consonant, it's all there and pretty close to the original French word, but
from British lips, it just did not conjure up the word for a butter churn
-- la baratte.

Many English speakers think they can frankify a word by putting stress on
the final syllable, whereas French has no stressed sylables at all.

> ... within the regiment it was known as "Paddy Ba"

which is probably the usual pronunciation of pas de basque in SCD circles,
and reflects the other English method of frankifying a word -- don't
pronounce the final consonants.

Martin,
Grenoble, France.
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