Jumble Spoiler – 12/20/18

Visual Description:  Mispronunciation bar.


Clue/Question:  The new bartender got to know his customers by establishing a – – –


(This pun works much better for those of you who mispronounce the word RAPPORT.  It’s originally a French word for a friendly, or harmonious relationship.  Fortunately, we all seem to get the second part of the word correct, and don’t pronounce the T.  But, the first part of the word is supposed to be pronounced with the soft A sound, as in WRAP.  In England they pronounce it with the soft E sound as in REP.  How some Americans came up with the RE-PORE pronunciation is beyond me . . . but it’s incorrect.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends, yet all of their jumbles appear to be new.  I saw the first three right away, but I had to stutter a bit in getting “orator”.  A very nice 10-letter jumble for the answer letter layout.  I bet some of you were trying to make something with UP!  Until I read the clue/question, that was the direction I was heading immediately after writing out the answer letter layout.  The big clue came from the clue/question, with “establishing a —“.  From there, I knew where the boys were headed.

Cute wine bar scene cartoon.  The bartender is sporting a man-bun!  I don’t dig those, but I know they’re popular in some circles.  Just like the three to four day growth of scruff.  There’s also the guys who could have a full head of hair, but they shave their heads, mainly for the convenience of not having to shampoo, and dry, and brush/comb.  And, those are usually the guys who like to sport a big bushy beard!  The ladies at the bar look to be enjoying themselves, and I guess that’s the main thing.  Be well and do something good for others, friends.)   —   YUR

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(Pronunciations for rapport below)







5 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 12/20/18”

  1. 1 David December 20, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    I appreciate your clarification on the correct pronunciation of “rapport,” but I still like this pun and give a big thumb’s up to this final answer–very clever and felt very original. It didn’t cause a lot of trouble here, because GOOD was the first thing I latched onto, and I didn’t run down the UP- rabbit hole. And yes, “establishing” helped suggest “rapport.”

    Many bartenders used to treat good-tipping, regular customers to generous RE-POURS, which did wonders for rapport, but many bars now, at least those where the bartender is not the owner, are on systems that track the ounces poured, which has to match the ounces sold, or the bartender’s got some ‘splainin’ to do to the bar manager.

  2. 2 roy odom jr December 20, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    An ORATOR would not mispronounce RAPPORT.
    PS. I’m right with you about American use of French terms. BOUQUET and L’AMOUR are two other problem words, and mispronouncing the latter sounds like you’re talking about DEATH!

  3. 3 Damidwesterner December 20, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    “A newborn king, Michael Rapa-pa-port!”



  4. 4 unclerave December 21, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Where I watch my football team play, the bartender DOES do buy-backs, David. He’s just an employee for a small regional chain. But, that’s only when I sit at the bar. If my wife and I sit at a table, the barmaids don’t seem to have that leeway. Probably one good reason why the bar space goes fast! — YUR

  5. 5 unclerave December 21, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Cute, Damid! That James Cordon does some fun bits! — YUR

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