People Surprised by the Pronunciation of  the word ‘Coup’

People up and down the country have been taken aback, over the last few weeks, by the pronunciation of the word 'coup'.

A Coop, not a Coup, yesterday.
A Coop, not a Coup, yesterday.
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On one hand, it can be a bunch of spoilt idiots, trying to destroy their own political party with childish in-fighting. On the other it is a violent and bloody military takeover of a government.

In recent weeks we have seen both. The rather dull Labour Party coup and the frightening military one in Turkey. The result is a country divided on how the word ‘coup’ should be pronounced.

When I saw the word ‘coup’ in the Sun, the word in my head rhymed with soup,” explained Logan Logon, a grout salesman from Barnsley. “It wasn’t until I heard Kay Burley on Sky news say it so it rhymed with ‘moo’ that I realised I must have looked a bit of a nob, when I was talking about it down the pub.

Even now, when I read it, in my head it sounds like chicken coop. But it least now, when I say it out loud, I use the correct version and don’t sound like a dick” he added.

Pig-headed Daily Mail reader, George Turdwine was not so receptive.

I say words how I see them, and not how someone else tells me too. I just don’t care.  My teenage daughter’s friend is called Niamh. Last time she came round I made it my business to keep calling her ‘Neve’. I kept making a big thing of it until she started to cry and ran home. That’s the sort of person I am,” he told us, grinning to himself like a twat.

I make no attempt to pronounce foreign words correctly either. Champagne is ‘Sham Pag Ne’ and no French person is going to tell me otherwise,” he shouted, stomping his feet like a three year old.

Meanwhile, both coups that have occurred in recent weeks, have turned out to be a bit shit.


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