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Old 21-08-2009, 16:14
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I noticed when I was in the states in the MidWest that some Americans would pronounce the name of the shop 'Target' as 'Tarjay' with a soft J

Why? I don't get it

Is it like Hyacinth Bucket pronouncing her surname as Bouquet because it sounds posher?
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Old 21-08-2009, 16:15
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Australians do it as well, it's a joke. Giving it a posh name when it isn't a posh shop.
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Old 21-08-2009, 16:26
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A bit like Primani as opposed to Primark?
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Old 21-08-2009, 16:33
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And Batersia.
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Old 21-08-2009, 17:17
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And Sainsbois.
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Old 21-08-2009, 17:30
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and fortnum and mason...

actually... no
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Old 21-08-2009, 17:49
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tarjay? wtf..!
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Old 21-08-2009, 17:51
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Well it's how the French might pronounce it (possibly?) and maybe there's some French connection just like some states have a high population of Germans, etc.
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Old 21-08-2009, 18:01
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It's a bit like how some of us call Barnet, Barnay! (spelled, Barnét)
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Old 21-08-2009, 18:07
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Oh yeh and Millets= "mee-yay"
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Old 21-08-2009, 18:08
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They do?
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Old 21-08-2009, 18:36
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My partner does it. It is a joke, as others have stated. Making it sound posh when it isn't.
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Old 21-08-2009, 19:35
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My partner does it. It is a joke, as others have stated. Making it sound posh when it isn't.
So........he calls you GéGé ?

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Old 21-08-2009, 19:37
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Fillet pronounced as feelay in Men in Black 2.
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Old 21-08-2009, 19:42
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And don't forget garage.
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Old 21-08-2009, 19:47
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Buoy is 'bew-ie'.
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