How do you pronounce "portmanteau?"

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    How do you pronounce "portmanteau?"

    I just watched three different videos with three different pronunciations.

    port-MAN-toe (emphasis on mid-syllable) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrsZ8lZfJQc
    port-man-TOE (emphasis on last syllable) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKjlMJfcEnk
    port-men-toe (no emphasis... this is pronounced like "memento" but with "port" in the beginning.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWf3zzL66QI

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinderblock View Post
    I just watched three different videos with three different pronunciations.

    port-MAN-toe (emphasis on mid-syllable) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrsZ8lZfJQc
    port-man-TOE (emphasis on last syllable) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKjlMJfcEnk
    port-men-toe (no emphasis... this is pronounced like "memento" but with "port" in the beginning.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWf3zzL66QI
    All are correct depending on accent.
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    Looks like based of French word, so I'll read it as: po-mon-tuw

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    not 'tuw' but 'toe'
    por-mon-toe
    At least, if you wish to use the French pronunciation.


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    I'm not saying it's right but I would pronounce it :

    port-man-toe, the way those three words are normally pronounced in English.

    I think the '-eau' means the word is of French extraction.

    The debate seems to be around which syllable is stressed. I would stress the first syllable, but only lightly.
    Last edited by Phil Istine; December 2nd, 2018 at 10:16 AM.


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    If in doubt about a word of foreign origin, I always place equal stress on each syllable.
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    Thanks everybody. I've decided to just place equal emphasis on all syllables.

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