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Margot is a French form of the female forename Margaret, and consequently is pronounced in an approximation of the French way: the final syllable is like 'oh', "MARG-oh', IPA: /ˈmɑːr gəʊ/. This point was wittily made by Margot Asquith (1864-1945) who was dining with the film star Jean Harlow (1911-1937). Harlow addressed her as if the final syllable were like that of the past tense 'got', until Asquith said, "The '-t-' is silent, as in Harlow" - deliberately (and rudely) pretending to assume that the other's surname was spelled harlot (= prostitute).