How is the word `poignant’ pronounced?

The `oi’ is like the `oy’ in `boy’, `toy’, and `joy’; the following `g’ is silent. The first syllable `poign’ therefore rhymes with the word `coin’. The sound following the `n’ is like the `y’ in `yes’, `yell’, and `yellow’. The `a’ that follows is like the `a’ in `china’, and the main stress is on the first syllable.

When you say that something is `poignant’, what you mean is that it affects you very deeply and makes you feel rather sad.

Please change the channel. I am not in the mood to watch a poignant love story.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – June 26, 2006

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