Beer, Cider, & Sake

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Beer, Cider, & Sake

One syllable or two?

egit | | Jan 19, 2012 01:07 PM

This is not the most important question ever asked on this board.

One of the beers I like to get when I go out is Leffe Blonde. See? On Chowhound, there's no controversy. It's not a super-fancy beer, but there's a nice French Bistro near my home that has it on tap. And there are other places around town that have it, so if I see it, in the absence of something more interesting, I'll often order it.

This question is not about the merits of Leffe Blonde. It's about the pronunciation.

In bar #1:
me: I'll have a Leffe Blonde.
bartender: Oh, you mean a "LEFFay?"
me: whatever.

In bar #2:
me: I'll have a LEFFay Blonde, please.
bartender: Oh, you mean a LEFF?
me: whatever. sure.

It's not a big deal, but it seems that whichever way I pronounce it, I'm "corrected" by the bartender/server. I asked someone once who I thought would know, and he seemed to think there was no clear consensus in Belgium either. Flemish speakers would often say it one way, and French speakers another.

Does anyone have any opinions or insight into this burning question?

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