Prust, Proost, Pruest, Preust …

For some reason, I woke up this morning thinking about Marcel Proust, and I couldn’t for the life of me think of the spelling of his name. I ran through Prust, Proost, Pruest and Pruest before I finally got to Proust.

<ou> for /u:/ is not unknown (eg group, croup, croupier, louche) but is surely rare, and from that lot of words seems to be of French origin.

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