How is the word `honcho' pronounced, and what does it mean?
(J. Reddy, Chennai)
The first `o' is pronounced like the `o' in `hot', `pot', and `dot'; the second sounds like the `o' in `so', `go', and `no'. The `ch' is like the `ch' in `chips', `cheap', and `chew'. The main stress is on the first syllable `hon'. The word is considered slang, and is mostly used in American English in informal contexts. It can be used both as a noun and a verb. Anyone who is the boss or the leader can be referred to as a `honcho'. The word is of Japanese origin and can be used with both men and women.
Meera, the top honcho in the accounts department, listened patiently to our problem.
When used as a verb, `honcho' means to manage or direct something.
Did Revathi tell you who is likely to honcho the project?
Amrit is honchoing preparations for the forthcoming seminar.
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