During a New Year’s Eve conversation, Boyd used the word mauve, pronouncing it “mowv.” Before my brain comprehended that Boyd’s assured use of “mowv” was a clue to his superior knowledge of the adjective, my tongue counteracted with “mawv.” “Martha Stewart,” observed Susan, “always says ‘mowv.'” I humbly acquiesced that their pronunciation must be correct. Who was I to disagree with Boyd, Susan and Martha Stewart?
My favorite on-line dictionary verified that mauve is, indeed, pronounced “mowv.” Another dictionary site included it in its “100 Most Mispronounced Words and Phrases in English.” French words for colors do tend to trip me up; I remember checking the dictionary when Ray told me one time that his favorite color was chartreuse.
I’m on the lookout for anything of a “moderate grayish violet to moderate reddish purple,” so that I can practice saying mauvish in a sentence.