Originally Posted by Jon Dalton
"Royale" is the feminine form, whereas, Chateau is a masculine noun. I never noticed until I was walking by with a visitor from Montreal who found it kind of amusing. It is pronounced the same, but without the E on the end, we would all mispronounce it!
hehe as a fluent French-Canadian, I also noticed. But like you said, most people in Hamilton wont. I think they just liked the way "Royale" sounded over "Royal". And unless one speaks french, they wouldn't pronounce "Royal" the franco way... they'd say roy-ul, the anglo way. Their only solution: add an "e" hehe
And it drives me NUTS when people say "La Chateau" ughghhh... it's LE, dammit!! hahaha