Before reading a novel, it’s good to know how to pronounce the title. That can be a problem with Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. If you don’t know French, it’s easy to mispronounce the title as “Less Miserables.” For example:
I am “less miserable” than that guy over there trying to read Les Miserables.
You sound kind of silly if you mispronounce Les Miserables as “Less Miserable” in front of educated readers. I should know. I mispronounced Les Miserables in college in front of a bunch of other students in my ________Literature class almost 30 years ago. I don’t remember how or why, but I remember mispronouncing it. It shouldn’t have been a big deal. Back then, Les was a common name. I knew a couple guys named Les, and there was even a character named Les on a popular television…
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