pataquès

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See also: pataques

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the erroneous example phrase je ne sais pas-t-à qu'est-ce.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pataquès m (plural pataquès)

  1. intrusive s, intrusive t (a type of speech error whereby a word-final /t/ or /s/ is pronounced for euphony, though it is not part of the word's spelling)
  2. malapropism
  3. (colloquial) jumble, muddle

Usage notes[edit]

  • In some cases, a pataquès becomes part of standard correct French, as in the -t- inserted into question-constructions such as A-t-il mangé le sandwich?

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