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Carole picks over his script to see the offensive words, and then reads them for everyone's benefit, " '...sneezing and sniffling.... Cut down on the sneezing and sniffling, too.' Sneezing: les �ternuements. Sniffling: les reniflements."
Gump: "Les �ternuements. Les reniflements. Now that's what I was saying about not pronouncing the S's."
Carole: "Oui, yes, but in les �ternuements, with the les, where the first letter of the next word is—oh, what is that?"
"Yes, a vowel. Thank you. You bring them together: lays-ay, lays-ay, lays-aytairnumah. Lays-aytairnumah. Les �ternuements."
" Les �ternuements" Gump says. "Les �ternuements."
"Les �ternuements et les reniflements." He was at least to Burlington, Vt., closing in on the border even.
By the eighth take the next day at the Arena Marquette, Gump's accent had arrived at suburban Montreal. The schoolchildren of La Belle Province had been spared a mutilation of their tongue in the name of La Capsule Bayer. Worsley himself was exhausted, but then, unlike hockey, the endorsement business is no game.