`cul de sac’

First, let’s deal with the pronunciation. The `u’ in `cul’ is like the `u’ in `cut’, `but’, and `hut’; the `e’ in `de’ is like the `i’ in `it’, `bit’, and `hit’. The final word is pronounced like the word `sack’. The main stress is on the first syllable. A cul de sac is a short road which is blocked off at one end. In other words, it’s a dead end.

*Rahul lives in a beautiful house in a quiet cul de sac.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – May 15, 2006

 

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