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Debacle

weather: rainshower
outside: 14.2°C
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Because the basis of any happy marriage is who wins, who loses and keeping score. XD =D


Merriam-Webster defines debacle as:

Function: noun
Etymology: French débâcle, from débâcler to clear, from Middle French desbacler, from des- de- + bacler to block, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bacculare, from Latin baculum staff
1 : a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river
2 : a violent disruption (as of an army) : ROUT
3 a : a great disaster b : a complete failure : FIASCO

Poll #1064426 Debacle

How do you pronounce "debacle"?

4(17.4%)
4(17.4%)
0(0.0%)
5(21.7%)
Other
8(34.8%)

Other?

Ticky-

Bag
3(15.8%)
Bucket
12(63.2%)
Bottle
4(21.1%)

Comments

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xinit
Oct. 2nd, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
The first one you listed is mostly right... It's just not dE... it's deh...
kelliem
Oct. 2nd, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
I agree with xinit, now that I realize I can listen to all of them. :) (I didn't get that until I read the comments.)
kvance
Oct. 2nd, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
I voted for the last one, but for me it's somewhere between that and deh-.
kittygopounce
Oct. 2nd, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
I would tell you, if I knew how to read the pronunciations listed =X
bride
Oct. 2nd, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
You can click on the link to hear them =)
kittygopounce
Oct. 2nd, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
Oh! I didn't realise =X Hehe. Thank you! I will listen and participate now =D
kittygopounce
Oct. 2nd, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
Interesting! Not too much difference between the two I checked, which are the versions I've heard around Australia. I don't believe that it's due to any distinction in meanings/application of the word, but rather an effect of accent (East Coast vs South Australian etc) and also simply education. I think it would have been originally dA-'bäk(l&) but over time, drifting from the original French pronunciation and with the mutation/dialectic/slang/lazy pronunciation become dE-'bä-k&l (due to lack of familiarity with pronunciation of accents and vowels in French, and a lack of accents on the word as it is used and recorded in modern English in Australia).
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bride
Oct. 2nd, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
Interesting! =)
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