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|English to English translations [PRO]|
Art/Literary - Tourism & Travel
|English term or phrase: chicest / most chic?|
|What's the superlative of "chic" in English? Google turned up a huge number of matches for "chicest" -- a term I've often used in spoken English. However, it looks funny on paper since I'd expect the "ce" combination to yield a soft "c" sound. Is this term and this spelling accceptable in semiformal (journalistic) writing? I'm working from a Spanish original which describes the chicest(?) resort in a given region.|
Just thought I'd point out that sometimes we English speakers will avoid things that may be perfectly correct, just cos they look (or sound) strange.
Chic - yep, the rule is that regular one syllable words (let's not forget exceptions like bad and good) go -er and -est. No worries when you're talking, everyone's gonna know what you mean if you say 'chicest'.
If you speak English well enough, you will almost certainly almost subconsciously plan ahead when speaking in order to avoid things that sound odd or are just plain difficult. If picking pecks of pickled pepper were a crime, then a police officer interrogating a witness is unlikely to ask, “OK, so where is the peck of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked?” He’d re-phrase the question. However, typed, it presents no problem at all. The same can apply, although less often perhaps, in reverse.
Sure, you can say chic-est. However, with the best will in the world, it looks weird written down. Is it a typo for choicest? (and the meaning is similar enough to mean context won't help). Is it is typo for something else? Why isn't it spelt chiquest? (maybe it can be?) I would say it's best avoided in written text, and so I’d go for “most chic”, or, as someone else said, an alternative word entirely.
This wouldn't help in reported speech, of course, but in that situation, I might decide on "chic-est". ( Actually, chic is a word I detest; I cannot imagine anybody saying anything worth reporting that would include the word "chic", but I digress.)
The point is, some things just look wrong written down - chicest is one. So avoid it, the alternative is there - most chic. Use that instead!!
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|Thanks to everyone who responded. However, it was Charlie's analysis that addressed the concerns I had and helped me make a choice. What a pity one can't split the points in Kudoz!|
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