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Old 02-14-2008, 06:58 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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...okay, nothing like going to the horse's mouth...

A great debate has risen in Little Rock over how Vieux Carre is pronounced. Websites all conflict. There is cold hard cash riding on this one...as a former resident for a short time of NO I think I know the answer, but maybe at 19 years old I was dumber than imaginable...okay, so I WAS dumber than imaginable.

There's a new restaurant in Little Rock by this name...I think even the OWNERS are calling it wrong. Somebody help me win my amaretto sour with a twist of lime and $10, please. 'course, if I'm wrong, will I ever tell????

Also Burgundy...they will NOT believe me on this one....
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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I'm from north Louisiana, but I've always heard it pronounced as "Voh-Care." I've also heard, though not as often, "Voo-Car-A" and others... but "Voh-Care" is how I say it.
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Knoxville TN
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I was born and raised in N.O. and surrounding areas. We've always pronounced it "Voo Ca Ray". Burgundy is stll Burgundy but with accent on the "gun"... Bur GUN dy.
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Always heard it and I pronounce it as "Voo car Ray".
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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Wow I guess I really AM a yankee afterall...

And I'm no stranger to New Orleans!
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:42 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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And thank you all...and I win my bet...vo car it is NOT. inave thank you, I feel redeemed...they told me tain't so with the accent on "gun" but I knew it was...ah, when WILL my kids (who are 30 and 27, so no kids) stop arguing???
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Old 02-15-2008, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Knoxville TN
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When they stop breathing!! I got 'em 35 and 31!
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:50 AM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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[SIZE=-1]Vieux Carré[/SIZE] (voh- care-eh): French for "old square", and refers to the French Quarter. You'll often hear locals refer to the French Quarter mostly as just "The Quarter". Except they'll be pronouncing it like "Da Kwah-tuh".
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Old 08-06-2008, 08:50 PM
 
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I recently learned some French. I think it would be pronounced Vie-uh Car.
The dialect of French that I learned was Parisian French, so French-speaking people in the Big Easy might say it different.
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I recently learned some French. I think it would be pronounced Vie-uh Car.
The dialect of French that I learned was Parisian French, so French-speaking people in the Big Easy might say it different.
You're ignoring the accent mark on the e at the end. Car is absolutly not correct (born there, lived there most of my 66 yrs). And it's not New Or-leens, either. How about chop-i-toulas? Nack-uh-tish not nach-o-doches. Es-plan-aid not Es-plan-ahd. Oh, to be home now.....
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