September 15 2012

Parlez-vous Francais?

by Barbie in Pet Peeves

This pet peeve isn’t one that we come across in our client projects, thankfully, but it’s a problem we’ve spotted in the blogosphere. Bloggers, we’re calling you out.

“Voila” is a French word that, translated, means “There it is” or “There you are.” Merriam-Webster defines voila as:

used to call attention, to express satisfaction or approval, or to suggest an appearance as if by magic

While bloggers seem to have some idea of what this word means, they have absolutely no idea how to spell it. Please, folks, stop using “Walla.” It’s not a word. This horrible phonetic spelling of this French word makes us shudder.

Spell it with me: V-O-I-L-A.

Merci beaucoup!