nice.. interesting choice. Have you seen her live? Simply mind boggling. I've had the pleasure twice and met her once at a very small venue in Cleveland, OH. Literally sat next to the keyboard and was just mesmerized. She's on tour now but doesn't look like she'll be in your area (FL).
Then you look silly whenever you discuss Air-mess.
The fact is you can't easily convey the proper pronunciation via text. But "air-mess" is not the closest approximation.
They have the standardized international phonetic alphabet or whatever for that, but I don't know it.
What's the closest approximation then ? It sure isn't air-mezz.
I think "air-MEZZ" is the best thing to give to a random American walking down the street without needing any further explanation or even mention that it's french. It's obviously not perfect and doesn't convey a French accent in any way shape or form, but that's the price you pay for oversimplifying for a foreign language.
Air-mess isn't necessarily worse but he corrected me with his, not vice versa.
Ok fine but we were talking about the correct pronunciation period, not the most appropriate pronunciation in such and such places. I agree with you on the practicality of "air-mezz" and I suppose it works in French too but air-mess is still more accurate.
What a silly discussion though. This is what happens when sw&d get bored !