de rigueur : Common Errors in English

About de rigueur

The French phrase de rigueur means “required,” “mandatory” (usually according to custom, etiquette, or fashhion). It’s one of those tricky words like “liqueur” with a U before the E and another one after it. It is misspelled in a host of ways (de rigeur, de rigor, derigor, etc.) It is pronounced duh-ree-GUHR. Like other incompletely adopted foreign phrases, it is usually italicized in print.

de rigueur Meaning(s)

  • (s) required by etiquette or usage or fashion

de rigueur in News

  • After Katy Perry, is dumping by text standard practice?

    The famous singer says that her former husband, comedian Russell Brand, ended their union by text. Is this an indication that this is now de rigueur? Originally posted at Technically Incorrect
    on June 20, 2013 Source: CNET

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