Newly Elected French PM's Name Is Also Slang In Arabic For Penis
The new media is struggling with how to handle delivering the news in the middle east, at least when it comes to pronouncing the name of the newly elected French Prime Minister.
As Europe struggles to contain its debt, broadcasters in the middle east are struggling to decide how to pronounce his name, Jean-Marc Ayrault. His last name, when pronounced correctly in French, is a slang world for penis in Arabic. Originally used in Lebanon and Palestine, it is widely understood throughout other Arab countries.
News outlets have decided differently, some pronouncing it as the prime minister does -- "ai-roh" -- while some resort to voicing the "L" and "T" in the written word.