Pronouncing lingerie as lingerée, or, more accurately, lan-juh-RAY. Knickers to that.
Thanks to Paul in the comments to this post for reminding me of this annoying Americanism, which must surely annoy right-thinking Americans too.
Put "knickers" down as the annoying Britishism of the week!
John M. J.
2 Just say it: ‘gh’ as in enough; ‘o’ as in women; ‘ti’ as in motion..
Lawn-jer-ay. Is that putting on airs? I didn't know there was an alternative; not that the word comes up much in conversations in which I participate.
That comes from never mixing with the real people. I asked two unrelated American friends how they pronounced lingerie. Both said lan-zhuh-'ray. Random House gives that as the first pronunciation, and lan-zhuh-'ree as the second. Of the three dictionaries with pronunciation (and sound) two give lan-zhuh-'ray as the preferred (most usual?) US pronunciation. The UK pronunciation is approx. 'lan-zhuh-ry
One likes to fit in, so to speak.
Whenever I mention lah-jer-ee to friends and family they just look at me and occasionally snicker. If I give up and say lon-jur-ay, they nod and understand.
I do refuse to say a-sess-er-ee, however.
My Americanisms are, admittedly, rather elastic.
I am an American boy. And as an American boy, and thus naturally a connoisseur of such things, I have never heard a fellow citizen pronounce "lingerie" as "lonzheray" except in old movies, where the elevator operator in the department store does, I admit, call out "Women's Lonzheray." That is only my testimony. And perhaps I don't get out often enough. But there it is.
That's totally pants, man.