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Fort Forte Forté & Fortis
« on: November 02, 2013, 03:09:51 AM »
Is it true that the word for "strong point" is pronounced like "fort" rather than like "for-tay" or "forté"? Or, is is pronounced like "for"? And why (or why not)?

The Mavens' Word of the Day (11/14/97)
http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19971114

I find etymology & orthoepy quite interesting, stumbled across this, and thought I'd share.

Another interesting discussion on this and other words at http://www.dailywritingtips.com/forte-or-forte-cache-or-cachet/
« Last Edit: November 02, 2013, 03:34:43 AM by WayOutWest »



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Re: Fort Forte Forté & Fortis
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2013, 08:26:40 AM »
I need coffee before my mind wraps around this.
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Re: Fort Forte Forté & Fortis
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2013, 09:37:05 AM »
Love it, Steve! I love the study of the derivations and usage of language as well!
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Re: Fort Forte Forté & Fortis
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2013, 09:55:15 AM »
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Re: Fort Forte Forté & Fortis
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2013, 10:05:08 AM »
Still need more coffee.
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Re: Fort Forte Forté & Fortis
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2013, 10:09:04 AM »
I'll join you on another cup of coffee before I try this one again    :ct0559    I always thought it was pronounced "for tay"   :?

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Re: Fort Forte Forté & Fortis
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2013, 12:39:52 PM »
I'll join you on another cup of coffee before I try this one again    :ct0559    I always thought it was pronounced "for tay"   :?
it is but at the same time it isn't  :)

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Re: Fort Forte Forté & Fortis
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2013, 12:44:18 PM »
That was some insomnia you had last night!!!  :laugh I do not ponder the intricacies of the English language when I can't sleep.  :P

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Re: Fort Forte Forté & Fortis
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2013, 05:22:24 PM »
I gotta find something to do during the sleepless nights, I'm gonna have a few of them when the time changes tomorrow night.  I always do.  By 5:30 I'm ready to go to bed, by bedtime I can't sleep.  Go figure  LOL  Maybe this might be a new past time for those nights where my body clock is all messed up     :up

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Re: Fort Forte Forté & Fortis
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2013, 05:34:43 PM »
Forget the coffee ... I need something stronger!  :t32 :t32

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Re: Fort Forte Forté & Fortis
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2013, 06:15:02 PM »
That was some insomnia you had last night!!!  :laugh I do not ponder the intricacies of the English language when I can't sleep.  :P
*laf* It's all Netflix's fault *heh*  I put on tv show "World Without End" (takes place in early 1300s) to go to sleep to. The time period would be such that the people would be speaking Middle English (even though they weren't), and I noticed one of the characters saying, "forte" but pronouncing it like "for-tay".  So, I ended up pondering when the modern day change from pronouncing it "fort" to "for-tay" began and ended up on that page I linked to.    :-[

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Re: Fort Forte Forté & Fortis
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2013, 07:35:40 AM »
As long as it isn't Fabian Forte.
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