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How is the word ‘vignette’ pronounced?

(B. Arpitha, Vishakapatnam)

The ‘g’ and the final ‘e’ are silent. The first syllable rhymes with the words ‘win’, ‘bin’ and ‘sin’, and the ‘ett’ in the second syllable is pronounced like the word ‘yet’. The word is pronounced ‘vin-yet’, with the stress on the second syllable. ‘Vignette’ comes from the Old French ‘vigne’ meaning ‘vine’. Originally the term was used to refer to the drawings of vines that one found at the beginning of every chapter of a printed book. Nowadays, the word is used to refer to anything: it can be a short piece of writing, a photograph or a drawing which captures the typical characteristics of a person or thing.

*You certainly don’t expect a city-bred girl to write a vignette of small-town life.

S. UPENDRAN

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