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#1 mybabysmumma

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:36 PM

How do you pronounce nee, as in Samantha Jones nee Smith?

#2 9ferals

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:40 PM

Not entirely sure, but I know how to pronounce pronunciation original.gif

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.

#3 HRH Countrymel

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:40 PM

As it is written.

#4 mybabysmumma

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:43 PM

Ooops just realised where I posted  this laugh.gif  Mods could you please move to Misc. ?

#5 eachschoolholidays

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:44 PM


#6 ell80

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:49 PM

Always said knee, but never checked I was saying it correctly!

#7 Emily of New Moon

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?

#8 Juki

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:53 PM

All my years of French and I remember this as NAY being a derivative of the word naitre (meaning birth).


Edited by Juki, 18 February 2013 - 06:55 PM.

#9 somila

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:57 PM

Definitely not "knee"!

"Nay" is closer, but you don't say the second half of the diphthong.

#10 Therese

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:04 PM

I have moved it to misc for you original.gif

#11 Feral Grey Mare

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".

#12 mybabysmumma

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:14 PM

Thanks Therese original.gif

Edited by mybabysmumma, 18 February 2013 - 07:16 PM.

#13 PatG

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:20 PM

I've only ever heard it said knee, probably by newsreaders.

#14 Soontobegran

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:29 PM


It's nay  original.gif

#15 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:51 PM

Like Renee, fiancée, Desiree, etc.

#16 SeaPrincess

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:05 PM

QUOTE (PatG @ 18/02/2013, 05:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've only ever heard it said knee, probably by newsreaders.

Probably, but it's still wrong.

What meggs1 said:
Like Renee, fiancée, Desiree, etc.

#17 unicycle

Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:55 PM

I have only heard it as in knee. Maybe it is a regional variation. Victoria here.

#18 SeaPrincess

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.

#19 Tall Poppy

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.

#20 vanessa71

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.

#21 mybabysmumma

Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:59 PM

Thanks all for the replies

#22 Freddie'sMum

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 !!

#23 Chocolate Addict

Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:49 PM

I have only ever heard it said as 'knee'

#24 Gudrun

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.

#25 Procrastinator5000

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 tthumbs.gif

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