How to write denouement

Should the beginning of denouement be written with the den blend or as d-e-n? If it was a more common word, I would expect to use the den blend, but I’m hesitant.

I apologize for the blurry, unsteady outlines, but hopefully the difference is clear. Which one looks more correct?

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  1. It depends.

    If in English, neither is correct. Since dénouement it is pronounced with the long a (according to Merriam-Webster) and with the "man" ending, it is written: d – a – n – oo hook – men blend. This is the way it appears in the DJS and S90 dictionaries.

    If in French, the outlines that you wrote apply: the blend is used in Anniversary and Simplified, while in DJS and S90, the e is spelled.

    At the end, it's up to you how to write it, as long as you can transcribe it!

    1. Interesting. I had always heard it the one way (dehNOOment) and was unaware that there were other ways to pronounce it. Looking it up, all I can find is the French pronunciation, which is definitely not what I'm used to hearing. It's also possible that I misheard it in the past.

      Thank you for the additional info.

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