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    Dear Teacher,

    Please tell me the meaning of "Serviette" and how to pronounce it?

    Thanking you,

    Murli

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    Re: Serviette

    It means, table napkin, and it was borrowed into English from French.

    Pronunication: sir-V-et
    V as in the letter "V"
    et as in pet

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    Re: Serviette

    Just an addendum to Cassie's response...."serviette" has no meaning in the U.S. It's strictly called a "napkin" here.

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    British snobs hate the word 'serviette' and think it's vulgar.

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    Tdol, Editor

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    Thank you all for your sincere response. It really makes me proud of being a learner through this website.

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    Re: Serviette

    It's one of the words that the British snobs dislike, though I am not supporting their position. Others include 'ketchup' and 'toilet', neither of which worries me.

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    Re: Serviette

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It's one of the words that the British snobs dislike, though I am not supporting their position. Others include 'ketchup' and 'toilet', neither of which worries me.
    So, what are the equivalent words they use for these
    two words?

    My guess - 'WC' or 'loo' for 'toilet'?
    Last edited by englishstudent; 06-Jul-2006 at 17:13.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It's one of the words that the British snobs dislike, though I am not supporting their position. Others include 'ketchup' and 'toilet', neither of which worries me.
    I'm trying to think of what else they might call "ketchup"....(I'm hoping it's not "tomahto sauce"...)

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    Re: Serviette

    Napkin, lavatory and tomato sauce, I believe- I'm not one of them, though I don't say 'serviette'. Ouisch, it would be a very long tomahhhhhto sauce.

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    Dear Editor,

    I am happy that my query evinced interest among the readers. Of course, your explanation too is excellent.

    thanking you,

    Murli

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