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lemons Dec 13, 2013 04:09 PM

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....

  1. greygarious Dec 13, 2013 05:08 PM

    The French pronunciation is closer to Air-MEZ.

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    1. re: greygarious
      lemons Dec 13, 2013 05:32 PM

      You're right. My phonetic work is poor.

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      shanefink Dec 14, 2013 08:11 AM


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      1. re: shanefink
        lemons Dec 14, 2013 08:53 AM

        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
          collardman Dec 14, 2013 09:21 AM

          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 :-)

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            TaTee Dec 14, 2013 03:32 PM

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

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              Bill Hunt Dec 17, 2013 08:16 PM

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

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


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                Bellachefa Dec 17, 2013 08:22 PM

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

            2. re: shanefink
              bronwen Dec 18, 2013 07:27 AM

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

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                Hungry Celeste Dec 18, 2013 07:36 AM

                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. TaTee Dec 14, 2013 09:17 AM

              Delicious is how I pronounce their bar food :-)

              1. porker Dec 14, 2013 06:03 PM

                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).

                la-fa-YET wrong
                lof-YET right

                con-TEE wrong
                CON-tye right

                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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                  Veggo Dec 14, 2013 06:20 PM

                  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
                    monavano Dec 15, 2013 05:56 PM

                    Is that old chestnut still around?!

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                      hazelhurst Dec 16, 2013 05:58 AM

                      Don't give it away

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                        Bill Hunt Dec 17, 2013 08:17 PM



                    2. re: porker
                      c oliver Dec 14, 2013 08:41 PM

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

                      1. re: porker
                        Bill Hunt Dec 17, 2013 08:20 PM

                        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.


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                          Hungry Celeste Dec 18, 2013 07:27 AM

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

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                          bronwen Dec 18, 2013 07:29 AM

                          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.

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                          DBinNOLA Dec 15, 2013 05:54 PM

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

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                            hazelhurst Dec 16, 2013 06:11 AM

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

                            1. Bill Hunt Dec 17, 2013 08:15 PM

                              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.


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                              1. re: Bill Hunt
                                Uncle Bob Dec 18, 2013 11:33 AM

                                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. hill food Dec 17, 2013 08:39 PM

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

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