The French Pronunciation of Letter ‘U’

In my piece yesterday on the Amazon/Apple deal with Prime Video and Apple TV, I snuck in this sidenote regarding the French video service Canal+:

(So the “+” is pronounced plooce, not pluss.)

I heard from a bunch of French readers that the French hard U doesn’t sound anything like oo in English. Alas, looking into it, the French hard U doesn’t sound like anything in English. Maybe I should’ve spelled my phonetic approximation pleuse (like deuce), but given my hopelessly U.S.-English-centric ears, I should probably just give up.

Friday, 3 April 2020