I would like to know, how does one PRONOUNCE "paillions"? Is it
(approximately) "pay-onz" (the fading French "n" reappearing under
the influence of the English "s")? Or what?
Technically,in English it's pronounced PIE-ONZ........ but if you
ask for them that way, half the time you'll get a "Huh?" response,
and have to say..."you know, those little solder chips???" To which
they say... "Oh, you mean PALLIONS" (No, I don't mean pallion that
rhymes with stallion...I mean paillon that rhymes with try-on....but
go explain that to people who still insist on pronouncing nuclear
'NEW-kew --ler' instead of 'NEW-clear'... One can't expect someone
with a tin ear to carry a tune, so if you meet with disbelief just
throw up your hands and say,"Whatever"... and let it go.