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How to pronounce it, Part 2, revived

Posted by John McIntyre at 6:28 PM | | Comments (2)


Sometimes, howling a laugh is not the best thing....

Horrified to discover that my Chambers actually supports your niche and forte. But then the oddities were always Chambers' forte. My chums the good clerkes of Oxenforde, however, are on my side, both nichewards and fortewards - at least they give my pronunciations pride of place in the ODE. For me both words still carry the echo of their foreign origin (just as genre does for you, JEMcI).

Anyway, I move that we dump forte, and spell niche nitch.

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