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Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:10:28 PM
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Do native speakers refer to a small theatre as theatrette?

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palapaguy
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:17:10 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Do native speakers refer to a small theatre as theatrette?

Thanks.


I've never heard it used, but see here:
https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/does-the-word-theatrette-exist.1325649/
Romany
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 7:33:02 AM
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Been connected to the theatre my whole life - never heard it. Wouldn't use it if I had - it's one of those cutesie-pooh words that has no real use - small venues, large venues, make-shift venues - all part of Theatre. Cannot, ever, imagine anyone who works in Theatre ever giving voice to such a daft word. Born on the computer of some bored advertising company, I should think.

Was also surprised to see it listed as BE as someone above said? The French-ness of our language is kinda built-in since the Norman invasion and then a whole lot more were imported wholesale during the 19thC: we don't usually try to deliberately "Frenchify" a word any more.

It's a word I'm going to put straight out of my mind as soon as I've posted this: its horrible!
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