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    Word pronounciation!

    The word: targe. How is it actually pronounced? I used to pronounce it like "tarj." I was corrected by a friend who is a historian of Scots martial culture for whom I have a world of respect. He told me it's pronounced "tarGEE." But yesterday, I saw a show called Deadliest Warrior that featured a Scot (a Highlander with a rather thick brogue) who pronounced it the way I used to! So how is it actually pronounced- "tarj" or "tarGEE?" Or are they both correct?!?!
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    Not sure about pronounciation, but that Deadliest Warrior show was one of my favorites when it was on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azwildcat96 View Post
    Not sure about pronounciation, but that Deadliest Warrior show was one of my favorites when it was on.
    Aside from the completely rediculous Scots costuming, which being an historical reenactor, I had a hard time getting past. And I thought the costuming in Braveheart was bad! Sheesh!!
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    I'm certainly not an expert, but in my experience, (in both US and Scotland) your word is pronounced either as you have it: "tarj" or alternatively with a hard "g" = "targ" (like "burg"). I've also heard a variant of the latter where the "r" is burred or rolled in the best Scots style, with just a bit at the the end: "tarrrrrg-h". The last bit isn't a fully voiced syllable but just the ghost of one.

    I think your historian may be imparting a pseudo-French pronunciation where none is intended. Perhaps Ancienne Alliance can shed light on derivations if any exist.

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    Targe as in barge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by figheadair View Post
    Targe as in barge.
    Is that barj or barjay?

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    m-w

    targe noun \ˈtrj\
    Definition of TARGE
    : a light shield used especially by the Scots
    Origin of TARGE
    Middle English, from Anglo-French
    First Known Use: 14th century
    Rhymes with TARGE
    barge, charge, large, marge, parge, sarge, sparge

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpmeakin View Post
    Is that barj or barjay?
    As in large

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    As a Scot I've only ever heard it pronounced as tarj...like sarj..

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    Dictionary.com says tahrj.
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