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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Et Voila


I have a problem: people who spell "voila" any other way than "voila".

The only exception? If you happen to spell it "voilà" with the accent. 

Please. You have to stop. No more "wala" "walla" or "wah-la"

Because you're killing America with bad spelling.



If you spell "voila" as "viola" I will giggle a little, because I used to play the viola. However, it's hard to imagine you finishing some cool project and yelling "VIOLA!" (although it is a lovely instrument with a beautiful timbre, so I kind of feel you on that one.)

Carry on.

19 comments:

Patti said...

Pet peeve of mine. Thanks for taking care of that...

Ash said...

Tushay.

Tara said...

My mom actually says "Viola" when she finishes things...but she's weird. ;)

Amy said...

I can't believe grown women with famous blogs spell you are y-o-u-r all the time. I love you and that you care about grammar and spelling.

Jolene said...

Thank you for this.
Merci.

Kym said...

So with you on this one.

Anonymous said...

What about Ciao!? it is not spelled Chow!!!

Sharon said...

Viola! I die...

vanessa said...

Listen listen. I can still say Wa La because when I say it outloud I pronounce it like that!! Do people spell out WALA but then pronounce it like viola? Crap I spelled it wrong.

Tamsin North said...

Oh, thank you, thank you!

Heather said...

It's so annoying!! Merci!!

Marie said...

Being mostly English in heritage I take the English angle on this: intentionally mispronounce/misspell French words whenever possible, just to tick off French people. With other languages, however, I'm all for following the pronunciation/spelling rules dictated by the Motherland (within reason--do Americans really want to be responsible for all the glottal fricatives and funky transcription rules in Arabic words?) and I hope that in return all the for'ners will make it a point to pronounce "howdy" and "tater tot" correctly.

Erin said...

Having a French degree, I agree with you on this one. Also, "beaucoup." It's pronounced bow (as in hair bow) coo, not boo coo. Sheesh.

Circe said...

Yes! Someone who not only cares, but realizes that there are certain ways to spell and punctuate! Now please educate the masses on its vs. It's and your vs you're!

Jo(ke) said...

Yes! English is not my first language, French and Dutch are so if a blogger uses French words or phrases I think : great but please use correct spelling!

nathalie said...

I am French from France !!! c'est bien VOILA !!!!Bises

Anne said...

Oh I'm so glad it's not just me. Whew. This makes me stark raving crazy (then I feel crazy for caring!)

Tiffany said...

I LOVE the viola thing. It's so funny to me because obviously they are obviously trying to be right and they just aren't.

Another one for me: dinning room. I HATE that one.

Di said...

This is the first time I have ever been to your blog. My friend sent me a link to this post because every time I read something written by a mutual friend of ours, I end up ranting that voila is not "whala" (which I mentally pronounce like "holla" with a w).

I will share this post with the world.