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Word It For November

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Public is the Word It for November.

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PUBLISHED ON Oct.27.2004 BY bryony
Greg’s comment is:

I thought bourgeois was the word it for October...maybe public is the November word it? :)

BTW, aren't these really similar?

On Oct.27.2004 at 01:20 PM
szkat’s comment is:

they have a lot to do with each other, but aren't the same.

partly because bourgeois is an adjective and public can also be a noun.



1: of, relating to, or characteristic of the social middle class

2: a concern for material interests and respectability and a tendency toward mediocrity

3: dominated by commercial and industrial interests

public, adjective

1: exposed to general view, well-known, prominent perceptible

2: relating to people of: an area, nation, state, government

3: relating to people in general (universal)

4 : of or relating to business or community interests as opposed to private affairs : SOCIAL

5 : devoted to the general or national welfare : HUMANITARIAN

6: accessible to or shared by all members of the community

public, noun

1 : a place accessible or visible to the public: done "in public"

2 : the people as a whole : POPULACE

3 : a group of people having common interests or characteristics; specifically: the group at which a particular activity or enterprise aims

On Oct.27.2004 at 03:03 PM
Bryony’s comment is:

I thought bourgeois was the word it for October...maybe public is the November word it?


partly because bourgeois is an adjective and public can also be a noun.

Public can mean many many things.

On Oct.27.2004 at 03:12 PM
szkat’s comment is:


don't think i'm setting parameters here or anything.

just making a point and beginning my brainstorming...

On Oct.27.2004 at 03:42 PM
Steve’s comment is:

How do you pronounce bourgeois? I know it's a silly question and dictionaries will tell me, but I totally don't get it still.

Bore gee ose?

Bore goo ee?

I'm bad at French. Or is it German?

On Oct.28.2004 at 12:55 PM
M Kingsley’s comment is:

>How do you pronounce bourgeois?

Steve, not a silly question at all. The reason you're not getting the whole story is that French uses totally different mouth and tongue shapes and movements, and has a whole range of nasal sounds. Those little Greek symbols in the dictionary are approximations.

That said, I'll foolishly take a stab at writing it down.

Burz-wha — when you say the first syllable, pucker your lips like you're saying an "O" and make the "R" more of a hint than a hard English "R". The "R" is more of a small footbridge between the vowel and the "Z" sound — don't even try to distinguish it. Concentrate more on the vowel sound sliding into the "Z".

The second syllable gets the stress. Since French is a language obsessed with the flow between sounds; it isn't a hard stress, but more the logical lift and take off of the word after the lowness of the first syllable.

On Oct.28.2004 at 01:21 PM
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On Oct.28.2004 at 05:50 PM
Shahla’s comment is:

The �bou’ in bourgeois is like boo! Happy Halloween : )

The �r’ in bourgeois is, as mentioned above, hardly enunciated -unless a grammar teacher in France would be saying the word out loud in two syllabic parts, then it would be rolled and guttural.

The �g’ in bourgeois is soft, like in Jacques Cousteau’s name (or Jacques Brell or Zsa Zsa Gabor) and in most pronunciation keys is spelled out as �zh’.

And the �eois’ in bourgeois is like the �wa’ of words like: wad, waffle, walk, etc.

On Oct.28.2004 at 05:50 PM
Lauren’s comment is:

"Bourgeoisie is the name of the middle class itself; a bourgeois or bourgeoise is a member of the bourgeoisie. Pronounce the adjective and the masculine noun BOOR-ZHWAH, the feminine form of the noun BOOR-ZHWAHZ, and the collective noun BOOR-zhwah-ZEE. H. L. Mencken coined the slang blend booboisie (boob plus bourgeoisie), and the dated American slang bushwa (or bushwah), meaning “nonsense,” may be a result of an Americanized mispronunciation of the adjective, BOOZH-WAH."


On Jul.28.2006 at 05:39 AM