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Has anybody else noticed the sudden resurgence of the word segue which is currently mispronounced segg-weigh with no stress on either syllable? My son Richard used it on my last visit and only this morning it was used 3 times in 3 minutes on the Andrew Marr show. Obviously the e should be softened as there is only one consonant before the next vowel, the g should be softened by the dual vowel,and the ue should be treated as in petanque in our deference to French influence, This surely gives the same pronunciation as siege. The other way conjures a mental image of a Boston Mall cop trundling the halls gun on hip and McDonalds's in mouth. So I am starting a campaign here and now. Donations please to justgiving and plenty of social chat please. Those who are too young to twit can be boing.
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Err, that's the way I pronounce it. In fact I've never heard the word pronounced in any other way.
It's definitely from the Italian seguire, too follow. In fact segue is the 3rd person singular present of seguire. And that 'g' is most certainly hard in Italian because there's only one of them. In Italian it's the 'gg' that's softened as in parmiggiano.
Not knowing the difference between Italian and French is the kind of thing that leads to wars.:)
I learned English grammar a little bit more than 50 years ago but I have never heard of this word.
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A segue is a smooth transition. When you segue in conversation, you change the topic so smoothly that people might not even notice.
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