?s Answered: Voila!

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So, this is not so much a question asked of me as it was a desperate plea for mercy on behalf of several exasperated blog readers.  What is the correct usage of the French word that is often uttered with a flourish at the completion of a significant task?
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT IT IS
 
The word voila is a French word, literally.  It is a French word that has been absorbed into English usage as is, much like the word faux.  Pronounced “vwah-LA,” the word voila can be translated as “There you have it.”
 
EXAMPLE:
Voila!  I completed the faux finish on my boudoir walls to match my toile duvet.
 
WHAT IT ISN’T
 
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This is a viola, a bowed string instrument that is a member of the violin family.  It has nothing to do with a completed craft project.

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This is an illustration of Walla Walla, a city in southeastern Washington.  It likely has nothing to do with your craft project either.
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Wallah is a rarely used noun meaning a person in charge of an occupation (for example: a book wallah, a kitchen wallah, or a mendhi wallah as seen above).  While you might be considered a craft wallah, it’s a little weird to yell out your occupation at the completion of a task.
 
That’s not really going to help is it?
Do you have any blog writing questions?

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Every time I see someone write “wallah” I cringe and get embarrassed for them. As a former journalism major, my copy editor eye is quite like yours. (And something you just can’t turn off!)

    Thank you for trying to educate people with your grammar series, though I’m sure the worst offenders don’t ever realize they need help!

  2. Anonymous says

    YES!!

    And please don’t use commas to form plurals. (Or is that plural’s?) I can’t figure out where that came from, but it is an epidemic.

    Or maybe you did this one already. But I’ve seen it on billboards and in stores on signs made by corporate hdq.

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