From my brief study of French many years ago I vaguely remembered that in words ending in a “t,” the last letter is silent. Examples are Ross Perot (Per-ro), cabaret (ka-ba-ray), president (pray-zee-dahn) and report (ra-por). Remembering this gave me insight into the history of an American city as I read a book about fur trappers in the West. I had heard of Etienne Provost before, a French-Canadian who in 1824 led a group of his fellows from Taos, in present New Mexico, to the area around the Great Salt Lake. That group became the first white men to see the lake.
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