Talk:Bliaut

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How does one pronounce this word? Thanks

  • Blee-ow
Or something similar. It'll depend where you are if that pronunciation guide actually works in your native accent, but it should at least be close. (Don't worry, you'll hear lots of variants). Cian as our resident linguist pedant (and one who has the same accent as me), can you render this into the article in a form that should be accent proof? Tiff
  • Well, I have never said the word, and so rarely have I heard it said that I need to guess that you give it a silent "t", rather than just doing the Aussie habit of leaving off the end of some words. The major online dictionaries don't have any entry for "bliaut", except as the Old French word that eventually became "blouse". Unfortunately, they don't have pronunciation guides for etymology. Alternative spellings I have seen on other sites are Bliaud, Bliaus, Bliant, Bliaunt, Bliand.
Perhaps "Blee - oo" might be a more Frenchified pronounciation. Don't really know since we are talking Old French. - Cian Gillebhrath 11:53, 8 Jun 2006 (EST)