Farewell George Secor
Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:52 pm
Sad news. My friend George Secor, creator of the Sagittal notation system, has passed away aged 76, after a long illness.
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George Secor wrote:When I studied French in high school, my first teacher was very diligent in explaining the differences in pronunciation, and I'm happy to confirm that all of the information you provided regarding French pronunciation is right on!
I have a funny story for you! Some of the fast-food restaurants (where you order your food at the counter) in our area have recently begun the practice of asking for a name for your order, which they will call instead of the order number when it's ready to pick up. I decided to adopt a unique fast-food name for this purpose, which invariably puts a big smile on the order-taker (as well as amused expressions on other diners when my name is called). My fast-food name is French: "Beaux Eaux", and it means "beautiful waters". The French seem to have the notion that there's no point in using only a single vowel if three will do, as exemplified by my fast-food name, which is pronounced "Bozo". (Final consonants in French are generally silent, being pronounced only when the following word begins with a vowel; hence only one of the two x's in my fast-food name is sounded, as a "z".) If there's no one else waiting in line, I will go on to spell my name for the order-taker and explain that I'm of French descent, etc., etc.