Lieu comes from French, and means '[a] place'. The expression in lieu of means "instead of", or "in the place of" (literally). It is pronounced in the French fashion as 'L-yeur' (IPA: /ljɜ/), or in a more naturalized English way as 'loo', (IPA: /luː/). This is the normal pronunciation in GA.
This page was suggested by the list of "25 of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language", in the article on "spelling" in Garner, Bryan A., The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style, Oxford University Press, 2000; on line at Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press, under licence to Hull University. 18 July 2006. <http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t26.e2017>. Although the list claims "25 of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language", it may reflect the American language of the book rather than AWE's experience of English teaching in Britain. Users of AWE may find more use in our categories spelling and spelling common errors.
AWE shares the confidence of the original article: "Naturally, [the commonly misspelled words] are spelled correctly here".
- See also Lieutenant.