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I heard a homophone of moray, but I don't know how to spell it or what it means. I heard it in the plural: "morays." Any ideas?
 
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I have only ever heard of "moray" as a kind of eel. Could the word you heard have been a mispronunciation? Maybe the speaker meant "morass".


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In jprinting, there is a "moire" pattern which occurs when two separate overlays have the same angles (they're usually separated by thirty degrees). We pronounced it "moray" since I think there should be an accent mark over the "e".


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Propbably mores 'accepted traditional customs and usages of a particular social group; moral attitudes; manners, ways' < Latin mōrēs 'customs, morals'. There is no singular form in English, but in Latin it was mōs.

I've only ever pronounced moiré /mwareɪ/, but /mɔreɪ/ is another pronunciation, at least in General American English; not sure about RP.


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How about the mondegreen from the old Dean Martin song, "That's Amore?"
 
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One of my bosses used to pronounce it mwahr but, after being laughed at universally, he came around to maw-ray.


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Thanks to all, but zmjezd got it right.
 
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