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How do you pronounce "forte"? A poll.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Obsessed, Nov 13, 2019.

how do you pronounce "forte"?

Poll closed Nov 14, 2019.
  1. Fort

    17 vote(s)
    6.5%
  2. For-tay

    230 vote(s)
    88.1%
  3. Never heard of it

    1 vote(s)
    0.4%
  4. I don't speak French

    2 vote(s)
    0.8%
  5. There is a third way

    11 vote(s)
    4.2%
  1. Obsessed

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    Okay, there is a fellow member who shall remain anonymous, but lives west of Philadelphia ;), that points out how he pronounces "forte". So, without revealing my way of pronouncing it, I want to see if there is some sort of geographical reasoning of how it is pronounced.

    Vote and let us all actually learn something in the Bad Dog Cafe.:p
     
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  2. Shuster

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    About like this:

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    Rhymes with Oops!
     
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  4. suave eddie

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    I pronounced it wrong for most of my life.
     
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  5. tarheelbob

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    Looks like either pronunciation is acceptable. I've always heard/pronounced as "for-tay"

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  6. Fretting out

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    I’m just south of p.a on the boarder 40 miles from Philadelphia and I say for-tay
    Mmmmmkay


    So I’m not sure how regional the pronunciation is I’ve mostly heard for tay around here when it’s used

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    Oh and my favorite for our friends overseas
    Aluminum with one “I” and lieutenant
     
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  7. 1300 E Valencia

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    Hadn't realized this was such a problem:
    From Merriam-Webster:
    How do you pronounce forte?: Usage Guide
    Noun (1)

    In forte we have a word derived from French that in its "strong point" sense has no entirely satisfactory pronunciation. Usage writers have denigrated \ˈfȯr-ˌtā\ and \ˈfȯr-tē\ because they reflect the influence of the Italian-derived forte entry 2. Their recommended pronunciation \ˈfȯrt\, however, does not exactly reflect French either: the French would write the word le fort and would pronounce it more similar to English for. So you can take your choice, knowing that someone somewhere will dislike whichever variant you choose. All are standard, however. In British English \ˈfȯ-ˌtā\ and \ˈfȯt\ predominate; \ˈfȯr-ˌtā\ and \fȯr-ˈtā\ are probably the most frequent pronunciations in American English.

    IOW, just what the world needs: more meaningless interweb crap to argue about endlessly. YAY!
     
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  8. nojazzhere

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    That's a classical music term, and there's only one correct way to pronounce it......its meaning is the opposite of "piano", and there's only one correct way to pronounce THAT!
    BTW.....even when your meaning is a "principal strength", the pronunciation is the same.
     
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  9. AndyPanda

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    The word that means "your strong point" or skill is pronounced fort ... the word that means to play music loudly is pronounced for-tay.

    According to George Carlin .. "Her forte (fort) is playing the skin flute which she plays forte (for-tay)"
     
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  10. AAT65

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    That’s not British English: that’s English English! No self-respecting Scot would lose the “rrr” like that.
     
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    In fact, the original name of the instrument we call the piano is "pianoforte," meaning "soft (and) loud." If I had used any pronunciation in my college music courses other than "for-tay" I would have been snickered at.

    Bob
     
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    All my life its been for-tay for me. I grew up in Connecticut, went to school in San Francisco and live in Pittsburgh now. That's the way I've heard it in all of those places.
     
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    "FOR-tay."

    xoxo,

    Dan "Teisco Del Ray" Forte
     
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    I never knew this, never thought about it, never answered a challenge to a duel using swords, but isn't this (forte) what they call a homonym: a word with two different meanings, but one spelling? I think we have to excuse a crowd of musicians for insisting on "for-tay" being the only pronunciation of the word they (that's us) are most familiar with.

    So touche (toosh?) to the poster who brought all this up. I am always glad to learn new things.

    Edit: another problem at work here is that most of us who type with an ordinary keyboard have no way to gracefully add the accent mark over a letter, without knowing the right place to find the accented letter on the "alternate" keyboards buried somewhere in our edit menus, even when we know one would be appropriate.
     
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  17. Matthias

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    For-tay.

    (Don't get me started on "chorizo"...)
     
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    I just spoke with a French Canadian colleague about how forte is pronounced. His opinion is that French and Canadian French aren't very different in this regard. Phonetically, the pronunciation is fort - uh. The fort is the accented hard syllable with the uh sounded softly. "uh" closest is the closest English combination of letters to the sound in French. A possibly more accurate combination would be a softly sounded "oe" but that is even harder for English speakers to recognize. This is where the confusion that the "e" is silent in the French pronunciation comes from. A Canadian colleague from Toronto pronounces the word, For-tay with For being a weakly accented syllable. In 49 states and 6 Canadian provinces, I've never heard the word pronounced Fort. Now that I've spent my lunch break on this, can anyone explain to me why this is important? :confused:

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  19. flathd

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    forte (for-tay) , as in karate (kara-tay).
     
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