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Curses! Foiled again!

Current pet peeve:

foliage

SYLLABICATION: fo·li·age
NOUN: 1a. Plant leaves, especially tree leaves, considered as a group. b. A cluster of leaves. 2. An ornamental representation of leaves, stems, and flowers, especially in architecture.
ETYMOLOGY: Alteration (influenced by Latin folium, leaf) of Middle English foilage, from Old French foillage, from foille, leaf.

Unless you can prove to me that you are Geoffrey Chaucer, please stop pronouncing this as FOIL·uj.

Fortunately this is not a word I have to hear every day! If I worked in a nursery, I would probably have to kill someone.

srah - Tuesday, 3 April 2007 - 5:54 PM
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Comments (10)

gravatar jamelah - April 3, 2007 - 10:11 PM -

Yes! Thank you for bringing this issue the attention it deserves. When people say "foilage" I want to stab them.

gravatar katie - April 3, 2007 - 11:04 PM -

Geoff Chaucer and Marge Simpson, that is.

gravatar Fence - April 4, 2007 - 5:01 AM -

I've never heard anyone say foilage, for which I'm most grateful :)
Of course, I rarely discuss the foliage so maybe I'm safe.

gravatar srah - April 4, 2007 - 6:23 AM -

I hardly hear it either, but someone said it for some reason this weekend. Maybe it was on TV.

gravatar Craig - April 4, 2007 - 7:33 AM -

It doesn't take a nucular scientist to pronounce foilage.

Yeah, that just seems too little too late, since I already emailed it to you when the comments weren't working. But trust me, if I had posted it at the beginning, oh, how you would have laughed.

gravatar srah - April 4, 2007 - 8:27 AM -

HA HA HA HA HA HA!

/uproarious pity-laughter

gravatar katie - April 5, 2007 - 10:28 AM -

Not to be a weenie, but I beat Craig to that Simpsons reference! :D

gravatar srah - April 5, 2007 - 11:59 AM -

He sort of beat you in that he emailed me (and also let me know that my comments weren't working) before you left the comment. I don't know if I've seen that episode so I actually don't think either of you is funny.

:-p

gravatar katie - April 6, 2007 - 10:15 AM -

That's because you don't understand my subtle brand of humor. (Substitute the word 'ingenious' for 'subtle' and you get the idea.)

gravatar Melissa - April 9, 2007 - 4:52 PM -

This is one of my top 10 pet peeves!!

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