Saturday, August 20, 2011

How to pronounce noir

I've been writing about teen noir and film noir. Easy to write about. Harder to say.
So how do you pronounce noir?
Here are a few different opinions:

The talking dictionary at says neu-whah (ch). Hear it here.

The famously undependable Yahoo Answers has at least a half dozen different suggestions: nwah, nwar, nu-whar, new-wahr, no-war, nu-whah (ch).

The very nice Pronunciation Book YouTube series covers this for Pinot Noir, and the second word comes out: new-whar.

And finally, says new-ahhhh and neu-awwch.

I like the Pronunciation book version. It sounds less snooty. That's all for today.

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