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I know merci is thank you but I have definitely heard some French people say (phonetically) mercish (i.e with a shesh on the end of merci). I have asked people about this and they seem to deny it! Is it just a dialect? I have heard it both in Northern France and down in the SW.

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On wiktionnaire you have 2 pronunciations, one of them from north france, but no "cish" at the end : – Istao Sep 8 '13 at 19:55
I've never heard that... – oli Sep 11 '13 at 4:05
merki pour toutes vos réponses. – rds Sep 15 '13 at 19:46

That's in no way specific to the word merci, but yes, you're right, some people pronounce a slight hiss and the end of words ending in -é(e) or -i(e).

I'm unsure it's really localized, though some regions can be more prone to that particular oddity.

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There is a localization of words ending in '-i', but it is not specific to this particular word. – meduz Sep 11 '13 at 19:39

Sometimes people will say "mercish", "mershi" or "merki" instead of merci. It's a wrong pronunciation on purpose, to be funny, alleviate the mood or to be less formal than a straight "merci".

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"merchiche" peut être utilisé par un humoriste qui simule un lusophone, avec tout un environnement de phonations ibériques.

C'est un mot plus sensibles aux accentuations (mêêêêêêrci beaucoup) qu'aux différents parlés locaux.

Toutefois cela peut faire genre (attitude argotique pour paraître 'dans le vent', pour être 'in') de torturer les prononciations habituelles.

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You must have heard «mercikes». Those are "little thank yous" not in French but in Flemish, common here in Belgium.

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