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Lucern is soft 'c' so it' sounds like 'loose - urn'
But 'Luke' is also correct for Luc, Perhaps with a slight suggestion of French on the letter 'u'.
As for 'ton', I don't think I've ever heard of it other than as a measure of weight. I'll probably have to ask mrs spice about that one.
Mar 26, 2008 - 8:05AM
In the Regency period, the ton was the high society and the word is pronounced same as the word "tone."
To be a member of the ton you had to be rich, well-born, and fashionable and you had to be all three. If you were a duke or duchess who spent all their time in the country and didn't concern yourself with fashion and society, you weren't a member of the ton no matter how rich and well-born. By the same token a merchant who was rich and dressed well and used proper manners couldn't be a member of the ton because he wasn't well-born.
The word was taken from the French "ton" which meant style.
And if I remember correctly, the haut ton was the top 1000 members of the ton, or something like that. The term "high-toned" is derived from haut ton.
Since were in the subject of pronounciation..how do you pronounce Marguerite? I got confused when i first read her story. Maybe its my subconcious telling me to read it like Margarite and that pretty much how i've been pronouncing it in my head. Same with Etienne.
I pronounce Marguerite as Mar-gue-reet...with the accent on the first syllable, the /g/ being the hard sound followed by a long /u/ and the last syllable is kind of soft...you just flow into it... with the long /e/ sound in place of the letter i.
I'm not sure that is correct, but that is the way I've always heard it pronounced. I've known a couple of friends who named their daughters Marguerite.
Somewhere else we discussed how to pronounce Etienne...but I don't remember where. I'll try to find it for you, because I'm not sure I'll describe it correctly. Also, I pronounce it slightly different from the way it was described.