@fncll Nope, I was dead serious. For decades, I’d been puzzled about what I perceived as a strange mispronunciation but like an idiot, I’d never actually dug into the etymology. So when @patrickrhone pointed out a dictionary entry that explains its origin, I realized why segway makes perfect sense. I hereby stand corrected.
@michaelsmanley You don’t want to know how many dictionaries I own, including a complete OED, as well as a short shelf of dictionaries of etymology — and how I often read them for fun. I’m getting more and more mortified by my original post. At least I’ve never been the sort to haughtily “correct” peoples’ grammar and pronunciation.
@rnv Funny thing: somehow I learned the pronunciation of segue early. So I naturally assumed that clique was pronounced ""click-way and like many introverted readers never had anyone to tell me otherwise...until a presentation in college. Just one of many such (sometimes embarrassing) lessons of that sort.
@rnv @patrickrhone @fncil I just Googled “why is seque pronounced segway” and I got … porn. Now I want to Google “why do I get porn when I search for …” but I don’t think I’ll risk it. I’d have assumed that the “gue” was pronounced in the same way as in the word “intrigue” and, failing that, as in “Montague”. Peculiar language, English. Ah, I see: the Italian origin does make a difference — as in the different French and Italian pronunciations of “cinque”.
@smokey Ha - always good to pay attention and when you do - have attention to detail :-)
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