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rnv
rnv

Okay okay, I get it: “segue” really is pronounced segway.

But we can all agree that “luxury yacht” is pronounced throat warbler mangrove, right?

// @michaelsmanley @fncll @patrickrhone

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ian_whitney
ian_whitney

@rnv I pronounced it se-gooey for years because I'd only seen it in print. Language is dumb.

rnv
rnv

@ian_whitney Okay, from now on, “se-gooey” is the only way I will pronounce it!

smokey
smokey

@rnv @ianwhitney It took me _years before I realized that was how you spelled what I had only ever heard used orally as “segway”, having not yet seen it written (and when I did, my first instinct was “seg”, too). We should have just stuck with Latin :-P

rnv
rnv

@smokey I think even Latin was a big mistake. We never should have left Proto-Indo-European. // @ian_whitney

odd
odd

@smokey I tried “segue” here, but no match.

smokey
smokey

@odd Ha! I guess the Romans never need to segue from one subject to another :-P (I should check my dictionaries, though I suspect they’re less exhaustive than Whitaker’s Words—another blast from the past!) Even though “segue” ultimately derives from “sequor”, my gut says the Latin equivalent probably would have come from “transito”, but what do I know ;-)

smokey
smokey

@rnv 😂

rnv
rnv

@smokey Right, if I had ever realized segue is a close cognate with sequence, the gueh/queh sound is right there...

odd
odd

@smokey 📜🤓👍 I will not contest your findings! I’m merely a part time fan of Latin, no book learning for me. (Except the odd skimming through “Nil Desperandum”). Came across a Wikipedia page while looking for a link just now…