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Hermes, as in the name of the bar at Antoine's? And, I guess, the krewe as well. I'm betting it's not AIR-mays like the leather company in France. But I could be wrong....

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  1. The French pronunciation is closer to Air-MEZ.

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    1. re: greygarious

      You're right. My phonetic work is poor.

      1. re: shanefink

        Thanks. Just realized that years ago there was a choreographer named Hermes Pan (is THAT a stage name?), and it was pronounced that way,

        1. re: shanefink

          Named for a guy that used to live on Terp-SIC-o-ree. Or was it OH-ree-on?

          The Gods must be crazy, and also the Muses :-)

          1. re: collardman

            Could have also lived on CL Ten Street...CLIO Street

            1. re: collardman

              <<The Gods must be crazy... >>

              Just do NOT get beaned by a Coke bottle...

              Hunt

              1. re: Bill Hunt

                LOVE those movies!!! Time to watch them again!

            2. re: shanefink

              Absolutely Her-meez. He is a god and not a French one at that.

              1. re: bronwen

                Yes, I've never heard a New Orleanian say anything other than Her-Meez. Even the newscasters, who announce the Krewe of Hermes parade each and every year during Carnival season. Here's the krewe's website: http://www.semrehclub.org/

            3. Delicious is how I pronounce their bar food :-)

              1. I'm from the Montreal area, just back from 6 days in Lafayette and 7 days in New Orleans. We laughed at how wrong our pronunciation was for almost everything (Although a Cajun from Rayne joked "Naw, ya'll folks are sayin it right, its us whos got it all wrong, see?").
                Me thinks that unless you're from the area, chances are you will get it wrong (especially if you're thinking in French).

                Lafayette
                la-fa-YET wrong
                lof-YET right

                Conti
                con-TEE wrong
                CON-tye right

                Tchoupitoulas
                chew-pee-TWO-las wrong
                chop-uh-TWO-lis right
                (we lost a bet for a free ride with a cabbie on that one)

                etc etc etc

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                1. re: porker

                  Don't bet on where you got yo shoes.
                  You got yo shoes on yo feet
                  on Bourbon Street.
                  Or yo gonna lose anutha 5 bucks...:)

                  1. re: Veggo

                    Is that old chestnut still around?!

                    1. re: porker

                      REALLY interesting. "la FAY it" is very Georgian.

                      1. re: porker

                        I would disagree with you, concerning Lafayette, but that relates to the local's pronunciation of the city.

                        If you move up the River a bit, say to Oxford, MS, then the county becomes la-FAY-ette. Depends on the audience.

                        Hunt

                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                          In my corner of Acadiana, it's pronounced Lah-Fee-Yet, with an "a" sound like "attic". Not an "ah" sound like "father".

                        2. re: porker

                          I always liked the story about the cop who found a dead mule on Tchoupitoulas and dragged it around the corner so he wouldn't have to write Tchoupitoulas on his report! It's a devilish word.

                        3. Have lived in the N.O. area all of my 50+ years, pronunciation is: her - meez

                          1. I vote for restaurant and krewe pronounced as "Her-meez, with the hard H. A possible variation would be "HOI-meez' (dawlin')

                            1. The H is almost silent, so hER-Mez. After a few drinks, it could work well as Er-Mez, or Her-Mez. Depends on the listener.

                              Hunt

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                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                My old ears hear Er-mez ~~ My old lips say Er-mez. ~ The H is not stressed with the Z almost becoming an S, or a blend of the two. My $.02

                              2. what I love is how folks stumble over andouille.12 ways from Sunday and still never get the colloquial right.