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Quick Overview of Cochon
The pronunciation of 'cochon', which means 'pig' in French, is quite straightforward. If you are using the word in an English context, follow the French pronunciation rules and don't worry about your accent. The 'ch' in French always sounds like 'sh' in English, and the 'n' is nasalized. The color-coded phonetics and audio will guide you.
The plural 'cochons' is pronounced exactly like the singular in French - the final 's' is silent.
Cochon translates as 'pig' in English, and is used in very much in the same way in French as in English: either to refer to the creature, or as an insult to indicate gluttony, indiscretion, dirtiness and so on. Calling someone a 'cochon' in French is the same as calling them a 'pig' or 'swine' in English.
Remember that you don't use 'cochon' to refer to the meat any more than you use 'pig' to refer to pork in English. The French word for pork is 'porc'. The use of the word 'pork' in English dates from the times of the Norman invasion - our word derives directly from the French.
Another useful, related French word is 'charcuterie' which refers to a pork butcher or pork products such as sausages, ham and so on. There are a number of restaurants worldwide which are called 'Cochon' - the most famous is in New Orleans.
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