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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:36 PM
How do you pronounce nee, as in Samantha Jones nee Smith?
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:40 PM
Not entirely sure, but I know how to pronounce pronunciation
I would say nee as KNEE but I have heard it pronounced NAY. The first one sounds right to me, but I could be wrong.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:43 PM
Ooops just realised where I posted this Mods could you please move to Misc. ?
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:49 PM
Always said knee, but never checked I was saying it correctly!
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:50 PM
Really? I have been pronouncing it as "nay" ... oh dear ... have I been mispronouncing it all these years?
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:57 PM
Definitely not "knee"!
"Nay" is closer, but you don't say the second half of the diphthong.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:11 PM
I don't think I have ever actually said the word. I must have at some stage I guess but can't recall doing it! I would probably lean towards "nay".
Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:14 PM
Edited by mybabysmumma, 18 February 2013 - 07:16 PM.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:20 PM
I've only ever heard it said knee, probably by newsreaders.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:29 PM
Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:55 PM
I have only heard it as in knee. Maybe it is a regional variation. Victoria here.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:12 AM
It's not a regional variation. The word née is the feminine past participle of the French verb naître, to be born, and the correct pronunciation is similar to, but softer than, nay.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:14 AM
Nay it what I've always thought and pronounced. However, I've been 'corrected' a few times by people who say knee.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:20 AM
I've always thought it was pronounced 'nay', but I always say 'knee' in my head. I don't think I have ever actually said the word out loud.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:10 PM
I've been saying it wrong all these years !!
I say it "knee" and that's the only pronounciation that I have heard.
*gasp* - you learn something new everyday !!
Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:05 AM
I always say [neh] cos it's French. And don't get any funny looks. Not that it comes up in conversation often.
Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:22 AM
I've never had reason to say the word out loud but assumed it was as somila and SeaPrincess described
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