Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 343 - How to Pronounce "Boeuf Bourguignon"

Day 343.

I must have typed the words "Boeuf Bourguignon" at least 100 times since I've been writing this blog and I'll be honest--I've never been able to spell it correctly and I've never felt to need to learn how. But that's all been willful ignorance. Today, I realized that I've been pronouncing it wrong too. Or rather, I learned how to pronounce it from FRENCH LANGUAGE EXPERT JULIE POWELL and she's been pronouncing it wrong THIS WHOLE TIME.


As you can see in the video clip embedded below at the 0:22 second mark, Julie pronounces "Boeuf Bourguignon" as BOOF BOR-GIG-NOAN, which sounds French. Or I guess, it sounds French enough for me.



So then I just assumed that's how it was pronounced. Y'know, cuz I assume this was a heavily researched movie and Amy Adams worked with a foreign language coach or something.


As you can see (or hear, I guess), real French people pronounce it BEUHHF BOAR-GEEIG-NOAN. Completely different. This whole Julie faux-French accent thing was pointed out to me by my French-speaking friend, Jack, as he was re-watching Julie & Julia today on Lifetime. Why he was watching Lifetime in the first place, I don't know.

But this mispronunciation revelation has dangerous implications for the rest of the film. If they managed to mangle "Boeuf Bourguignon," then what other word atrocities lie waiting for us?

Is it actually "GOOLIA CHEELD?" You know, the author of "MURSTERING THE FART OF FRANCH KOOCKLING?" "GNOT MARRRC ROOFALOO?"

My world has been turned upsiiyeed dune.

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Julie & Julia
Quote of the Day: "You can teach."

20 comments:

  1. fuuuuuuuuck i'm really starting to understamnd how this movie makes you feel. almost done, larry. almost done.
    anyway it rhymes with "schmoeuf schmourguignon", duh.

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  2. The real question is, why weren't YOU watching it on Lifetime? Think of what type of commercials they'd have to put in this.

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  3. I think you answered your own question Meghan. Commercials! The movie is already 2 hours without commercials.

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  4. Jesus Christ Carolina, you've had nothing but nasty things to say for like the past three weeks. Stop being such a cunt and don't waste your time commenting.

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  5. I have no idea how to pronounce it but it's effing delicious!!! I have a copy of MTAF (a Christmas gift, NOT stolen) and I made it for Christmas dinner. A lot of work but worth it!

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  6. Hells Bells, Anonymous #2. Carolina is a bit of a jerk but there is no reason to take down all of womankind with her. Would you call a black commentator the "n" word or an openly gay commentator the "f" word? You are a human affront to all women and I am a woman. Yeah, I quoted a line from another Nora Ephron movie. How do you like those apples?

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  7. Carolina is being a huge jerk, actually. And the difference between the word I used and the examples you used is that I'm not putting down an entire group of people. A man can just as easily be a cunt as a woman can. Just like you, a woman, are being a dick.

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  8. Women aren't a group of people? What are we then, sub-human? There's a reason it's worse to call someone a cunt than dick, same reason there's a reason it's worse to call a black person the "n-word" than to call a white person a cracker. It's called a history of oppression, maybe you should try learning something about it. Also, ironically, the only one in here being a huge jerk and dick is you with your name calling and mansplaining.

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  9. Who said that women weren't a group of people?! The n-word is offensive because it is a derogatory name for blacks. The f-word is offensive because it is a derogatory name for gay people. There is no group of gigantic vagina people walking the earth, if I'm not mistaken, so no one should take offense to the name unless you're Carolina, yourself. A cunt is a name for a vagina, not a race, or group, or sect. It's not a particularly nice word, but Carolina doesn't seem like a particularly nice person. If you don't like the word, don't use it.

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  10. oh dear, I think you have mistaken me for someone who cares about your opinion.
    just so we are clear, since you don't seem to get sarcasm (or to have a sense of humor at all), I don't give a fuck. :)

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  11. You are absolutely right. I have no sense of humor because I've been reading a comedy blog since day one. What a phenomenal judge of character you are.

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  12. i'm a woman and i have no problem with people using the word cunt. personally, it's one of my favorites. whenever people take words offensively they give them the power to offend.

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