New Addition to the Travel Lexicon: ‘Hyperforeignism’

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  09.16.09 | 11:09 AM ET

Per Kottke, it’s “the mispronunciation of words borrowed from foreign languages…but it’s actually a sort of an over-pronunciation, so correct that’s it circle [sic] back around to incorrect again.” So for instance, instead of mispronouncing “prix fixe” as “pricks ficks” you might go with “pree fee”—when the correct version is actually something closer to “pree ficks.”

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

1 Comment for New Addition to the Travel Lexicon: ‘Hyperforeignism’

Costa Rica Hotels 09.16.09 | 11:47 AM ET

Very interesting term and in all honesty, it is the first time i hear it, I donīt think I will be using it often but it is definitely a word that I will remember from now on

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