Ann Rickard.

MY SAY: A Moet to follow a malapropism

THERE I was in the car listening to a bloke on the radio talking about Donald Trump, and tuning in with both ears because Trump is always good for a laugh, unlike our colourless politicians… say no more.

So I listened attentively to this bloke, not knowing who he was because I'd jumped in the car quickly and hadn't heard the beginning of the program, but I could tell he was a commentator of some note, judging by his learned remarks.

He was talking about the astonishing rise of Trump when others competing against him were far better candidates.

Then this commentator said something along the lines of "there are others around Trump with much better pedicures."

Eh? Had he examined Hillary's feet?

Of course, he meant pedigrees. But I laughed hard. I do enjoy a malapropism, especially when it comes from someone of note.

I remember long ago in Melbourne when I used to listen avidly to Radio 3AW breakfast drive-time, one very respected radio broadcaster making a doozy of a malapropism.

He was telling a story that involved him being so aghast at a situation he had to wave his arms madly in the air.

When he said "there I was waving my arms, ejaculating everywhere," I almost spat out my cup of tea. He meant 'gesticulating' of course, but it painted a lively picture.

Incorrect pronunciation is another one that entertains me and sometimes angers me.

I get cross when people pronounce Van Gogh incorrectly. My friend who lives in Europe tells me it is definitely not Van Go.

She says Gogh rhymes with cough. (Actually that is not correct either. It is more a guttural rude sound like gokh that Dutch people can do naturally but we cannot without actually coughing up a bit of phlegm.) (Gross, sorry.)

The wrong pronunciation that bugs me most is Moet, the delicious champagne. Every Australian person I know who drinks Moet pronounces it 'mo-ee".

I pronounce it correctly with the 't' on the end because when it comes to champagne consumption, nobody does it better than me.

Every time I pronounce it correctly, someone corrects me, and says it should be 'mo-ee', and one impudent person told me I was a "bit Kath and Kim" in my pronunciation. Rude.

I actually visited the Champagne House of Moet & Chandon in Epernay in France.

I asked an elegant French company director the correct pronunciation.

"It is Mwet' he said, running the 'o' into the 'm' so it sounded like 'mw'. (Yes, I know the 'e' in Moet needs to have two little dot thingies on top of it but I don't know how to do those on my keyboard.)

Now to celebrate with a glass of that lovely bubbly.

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