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    Has anyone else noticed the latest example of dumbing down that going on at present? The new Disney film, Ratatouille, has a prim little subtitle explaining that it's pronounced "Rat-a-too-ee".
    F'crying out loud, it's not that hard, is it?


    Phil, who can cook it as well as pronounce it!

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    Yep, too much dumbing down in general. I'm all for plain english and removal of 'gobbledogook' but don't treat me like i am stupid

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    Yep, I saw that too!! I assumed it was for the American market as they would probably try and pronounce the silent 'l's

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    i thought it might be for the kids.

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    Good point! - may very well be. Possibly not the sort of word a lot of young kids may have come across.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SignumPhil View Post
    Has anyone else noticed the latest example of dumbing down that going on at present? The new Disney film, Ratatouille, has a prim little subtitle explaining that it's pronounced "Rat-a-too-ee".
    F'crying out loud, it's not that hard, is it?


    Phil, who can cook it as well as pronounce it!
    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    Yep, too much dumbing down in general. I'm all for plain english and removal of 'gobbledogook' but don't treat me like i am stupid
    Phil / Ste, I like you agree that there is way too much "dumbing down" in general, however the fact this film is made by Disney / Pixar primarily for 4 -10 year olds, i'm sure the makers are not insulting the intelligence of any adult that may well be reading it, however my "bright" 4 and 7 year old kids may struggle to grasp the "two Silent l's " in the word.

    Great film by the way

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    Yep, good advice on pronunciation for kids and Americans

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    Yep, good advice on pronunciation for kids and Americans
    Yeah, you've got to love those Yanks

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    If you saw the trailer, the announcer had about 5 attempts at tryign to rpounounce it - I mean, it's not a word in everyday use.....

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    You would be very surprised at the amount of words which customers get very wrong ... Ciabatta , macedoine . fajita, En`Croute , being a few that spring to mind, then you have to try and keep a straight face !!!

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