Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Is "forte" ever pronounced correctly on television?

This is something that bothers me immensely, because I've NEVER heard it pronounced correctly in the media. In tonight's episode of NCIS, Abby refers to something as not her forte. She pronounces it "for-tay" which in musical terms means loud. What she meant to say was forte, pronounced simply "fort." It's pronounced the same way as a fort, a base for soldiers. It's not a big deal, but I don't understand why no one corrects the actors or why the actors don't know themselves.


Anonymous said...

I suspect the wrong usage is so prevalent that it might as well be thr right usage at this point.

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