tourbillion: M-W's Word of the Day

Pia Walker

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Out of linguistic interest
Should Tourbillon be pronounced "Turbijong"? With "Tour" as in "Tour de
France" bi as in "to be or not to be" and llon as in "long", but with the ll
proncounced as a soft j?

Pia
Trying to learn French (the difficult way)

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> "Tourbillon" sounds accented on the last syllable, which is lengthened.
> However, the problem with tor-bee-YOHNE is that the final "n" is
definitely
> not pronounced. Compare "chaton," which also has a silent "n" at the end.
> Also, the first syllable would have more of the qualities of a long "u,"
and
> would sound more like "ture."
> Regards,
> Eleanor Mulhern
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