Sunday, December 31, 2006

Final burning question of the year

How do you pronounce "bougainvillea"?

10 Comments:

Anonymous I don't pay said...

I've heard a very rough-and-ready bow/gan/ville/ia. American vets of WWII called the Island by that kind of pronunciation, with no attempt at a French vowel or consonant.

3:24 PM  
Blogger fortuna said...

I believe BOOganVILLea is correct. I, however, seem to have gotten the idea that vill-AY-a was the way. I blame this on a South African I once knew.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous teofilo said...

I have never pronounced it nor heard it pronounced.

5:45 PM  
Blogger fortuna said...

I'm often teasing a certain significant person about the way he pronounces things. This may be payback.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

BOOganVEEya is how I've heard and said it, although I was surprised to hear a five syllable version in the Philippines: boo-gan-vil-i-a.

7:46 PM  
Blogger fortuna said...

Oh right, the "ll" question. I hadn't even thought of that.

8:43 AM  
Anonymous matt w said...

I am in the teofilo camp.

Anyway, ta ra. The dictionaries seem to punt the multiple pronunciation issue completely so I think you're off the hook. Significant person will have to seek revenge elsewhere.

Those results also raise a "bougainvillea"/"bougainvillaea" question, which I suppose is really a "bougainvillea"/"bougainvillæa" question, but we can swiftly lower that question back down.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous matt w said...

Well, looking more closely at the results, it does seem that there is some consensus that your original pronunciation is WRONG WRONG WRONG. Maybe I should be more concerned that I have no idea what bougainvillea is, beyond "some plant."

10:29 AM  
Anonymous matt w said...

Ooh, pretty.

10:30 AM  
Blogger fortuna said...

I was saying the word while describing how pretty the flowers in Jerusalem were.

10:34 AM  

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