How do you pronounce Coquette?

How do you pronounce Coquette?

Jul!a Jul!a
I had honestly never put much thought into how Coquette was supposed to be correctly pronounced, until a friend of mine had pronounced it differently than I had been after seeing it on some packaging in my room. Then I got to thinking, what actually was the correct way to pronounce it? I tried looking around, but didn't see anything. In addition to wondering how it's correctly pronounced, I'm also curious to see how the rest of you pronounce Coquette.
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I pronounce it Coke-ett
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I pronounce it Coke-wee
I pronounce it Coke-way
I pronounce it Cok-ett
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I pronounce it Cok-wee
I pronounce it Cok-way
~LaUr3n~
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Honestly, I avoid trying to say it in speech because I have no idea how to pronounce it
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And the point of this question was?
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Other - because I want to tell you what I'm really thinking
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Total votes: 141 (118 voters)
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10/23/2010
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Jul!a Jul!a
I totally forgot to add Coke-kay and Cok-way. Damn!
10/23/2010
Persephone Nightmare Persephone Nightmare
Honestly, and this is going to sound bad, but every time I see the word "Coquette" I think of "Croquettes" which are *so* delicious! Lol
10/23/2010
Coralbell Coralbell
I don't understand how someone could pronounce that with a wee or way ending. At all.
10/23/2010
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
From Microsoft's works; co·quette [ko két]
10/23/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Persephone Nightmare
Honestly, and this is going to sound bad, but every time I see the word "Coquette" I think of "Croquettes" which are *so* delicious! Lol
You've made me and my fiance hungry, lol. And I'm glad I'm not the only one that has/had no idea how to pronounce it, lol
10/23/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
From Microsoft's works; co·quette [ko két]
Woo! That means I was saying it right! lol
10/23/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Coralbell
I don't understand how someone could pronounce that with a wee or way ending. At all.
Sometimes the 'u' behind the 'q' can lend itself to sounding like a 'w'. I think. I'm not an English major, so don't quote me, lol
10/23/2010
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
Woo! That means I was saying it right! lol
Yeah! Here's the definition, woman who flirts: a flirtatious woman
[Mid-17th century. < French , feminine of coquet (see coquet)] I though that was pretty cool and fits.
10/23/2010
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
I pronounce it Co-Kette; but Coke-ette is close enough
10/23/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I've always pronounced it 'ko-KET', but I don't remember where I learned it. Very likely in all my literature reading. I'm a stickler for proper pronunciation.
10/23/2010
Kim! Kim!
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
I pronounce it Co-Kette; but Coke-ette is close enough
Yeah, I think that's closer to how I say it too.
10/23/2010
Sweet-Justice Sweet-Justice
I think almost everyone is pronouncing it correctly ^^ I dunno where I learned to pronounce it but yeah.
What was the point of this question though? I am curious.
10/23/2010
mllebeauty mllebeauty
I speak some French and it hurts my ears when someone pronounces it wrong!
10/23/2010
Sir Sir
It's "coke-ette." It's a French spelling.
10/23/2010
Coralbell Coralbell
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
Sometimes the 'u' behind the 'q' can lend itself to sounding like a 'w'. I think. I'm not an English major, so don't quote me, lol
I understand how people could think the qu was pronounced like in the word queen, I just don't understand how ette could ever make an ee or ay sound. It if was Coquet that would make sense to me, but not for Coquette.
10/23/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
Quote:
Originally posted by Sir
It's "coke-ette." It's a French spelling.
Since it is french I though that meant the ette is soft not hard? my first instinct was to say it more like it looks, but then I think I starting thinking about it too in depth.

But I have been confused about this since my first piece from them. I have said it both Co-ket and Co-quay. I'll have to ask my friend who is fluent in French.

I never thought to look it up!


I found this: [koh-ket] in both French and English so the mystery is solved I think. It's a hard sound. Now I don't have to say it in fear anymore lol
10/23/2010
Raggedy Andie Raggedy Andie
Yeah I pronounce it closer to cock-ette. hehe
10/23/2010
Sir Sir
Quote:
Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
Since it is french I though that meant the ette is soft not hard? my first instinct was to say it more like it looks, but then I think I starting thinking about it too in depth.

But I have been confused about this since my first piece from ...
I am fairly fluent in French. The only way that it would be "cokay" is if it was spelled "coquet," as another person said. "Ette" is feminine, making it pronounced. "Et" is masculine, making it an "ay" sound or in some cases silent.
10/23/2010
StrawberryEve StrawberryEve
Quote:
Originally posted by Sir
I am fairly fluent in French. The only way that it would be "cokay" is if it was spelled "coquet," as another person said. "Ette" is feminine, making it pronounced. "Et" is masculine, making it an "ay" sound or in some cases silent.
With the French pronunciation, it would be something along the lines of Coke-ett.
10/24/2010
Trashley Trashley
Quote:
Originally posted by Coralbell
I don't understand how someone could pronounce that with a wee or way ending. At all.
Yeah... no haha
10/24/2010
Sir Sir
Quote:
Originally posted by StrawberryEve
With the French pronunciation, it would be something along the lines of Coke-ett.
Exactly. That is what I said, no?
10/24/2010
Darling Jen Darling Jen
I started taking French in middle school so anything remotely French language connected, I pronounce the way the language dictates. Co-ket. And Sir is right on with the noun's gender pronounciation.

Some pronounciations of French words in our language really make me twitch. But, again, it's only because I learned the French usage first. Two examples:

Crêpe - the pancake-like food item, pronounced /kre?p/ phonetically. The vowel is like that in the word "set". The word sounds close to "crap" actually, which is understandably not appealing. So Americans say it like it rhymes with grapes. *twitch*

Sans - "without". The sound is... ok, hard to describe by someone that hasn't taken linguistics for a few years. But nasal-y and closer to the word "song" (without the g). But Americans say it like "sands". *second twitch*

Wow, I'm ranty/chatty tonight. I apologize for my linguistics lesson. I shall scurry off now.
10/24/2010
lamira lamira
I pronounce it ko-ket.
10/24/2010
Pandahb Pandahb
I say it like cro-kay
10/24/2010
Sir Sir
No problem!
10/24/2010
Jobthingy Jobthingy
Quote:
Originally posted by Sir
I am fairly fluent in French. The only way that it would be "cokay" is if it was spelled "coquet," as another person said. "Ette" is feminine, making it pronounced. "Et" is masculine, making it an "ay" sound or in some cases silent.
Yep! French girl here. koh-ket is correct
10/24/2010
UrNaughtyaAngel UrNaughtyaAngel
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
I've always pronounced it 'ko-KET', but I don't remember where I learned it. Very likely in all my literature reading. I'm a stickler for proper pronunciation.
Yeap I was about to type Co-ket but that is how I thought it was pronounced
10/24/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
Quote:
Originally posted by Sir
I am fairly fluent in French. The only way that it would be "cokay" is if it was spelled "coquet," as another person said. "Ette" is feminine, making it pronounced. "Et" is masculine, making it an "ay" sound or in some cases silent.
Awesome, well there ya go. I learned something knew about you
10/24/2010
Beth D Beth D
I've always said 'ko-ket' but that's because I was always kind of snobby about a few years of french in school and being genetically french. Well, somewhere back past the french canadian. Because my ancestors were lumberjacks, lol...
10/24/2010
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