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Birfday for Birthday makes me cringe.

And as a fast speaker I am guilty of some of the mentioned misprounciations but I call it short hand slang ...


Did no one bring up expresso/espresso?? Perhaps I'm a snob, but it pisses me off to hear ANYONE call espresso "expresso", but it super ultra pisses me off to hear someone working in a coffee shop do as such. "Expresso" is not a thing. Espresso is delicious.

There are a lot of things I don't mind, because they're regional to the area. I live in northern Maryland when the state is frequently referred to as "Mer'lin" and the local major city as "Bal'imoor" with the stress on the first syllable. "Warsh" is a good example of local vernacular. None of that bothers me. What does make me want to put a fist through the wall is people adding syllables to words in an attempt to sound smarter than they are (and, of course, failing miserably). Irregardless is a really good example.

I will cop to using "conversate" but only in a joking fashion and with overzealous hand gestures.
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I hate it when people pronounce Ibuprofen as Ibrufen. I just want to tell them they've missed an entire syllable.

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Warsh.

As in warshing machine or warsh your hands. How do they get an R in there? My grandpa used to say it. I heard it recently from someone but hadn't heard it in a long time before that.
Originally Posted by missbanjo
That may be a regional thing. I grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, and it was very common there to hear it pronounced "worsh."
Originally Posted by B-wavy
I don't hear it that way, but I do hear it pronounced "wush."
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Birfday for Birthday makes me cringe.

And as a fast speaker I am guilty of some of the mentioned misprounciations but I call it short hand slang ...
Originally Posted by SilverCurls
It's cute if you're six, but otherwise annoying to me.
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i had no idea that people said feb-roo-airy. i don't know a single person that pronounces the "r". i always thought and was taught that it was feb-you-airy, kind of like how you don't pronounce Wednesday by saying wed-ness-day, but wenz-day.
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Birfday for Birthday makes me cringe.

And as a fast speaker I am guilty of some of the mentioned misprounciations but I call it short hand slang ...
Originally Posted by SilverCurls
It's cute if you're six, but otherwise annoying to me.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
I agree! Maybe even if you're 8 and missing your front teeth.

There are people in my family who pronounce a certain state as Massatushetts. Drives me nuts!

Other things that bug me are using proper nouns for items when that's not what you're using. Examples:
Kleenex for tissues
Band-aid for bandage
Q-tips for cotton swabs
Pampers for diapers
Tylenol for acetaminophen

It's one thing if that's what you're using (I need to buy more Pampers, the diapers made by P&G), but please don't ask me to hand you a Kleenex out of a Puff's box.
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irregardless
ax instead of ask
liberry instead of library

all bug me.

When I hear idear for idea or Anner for Anna, I give those people a pass if they are British. Consider it an accent type thing.
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Birfday for Birthday makes me cringe.

And as a fast speaker I am guilty of some of the mentioned misprounciations but I call it short hand slang ...
Originally Posted by SilverCurls
It's cute if you're six, but otherwise annoying to me.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
I agree! Maybe even if you're 8 and missing your front teeth.

There are people in my family who pronounce a certain state as Massatushetts. Drives me nuts!

Other things that bug me are using proper nouns for items when that's not what you're using. Examples:
Kleenex for tissues
Band-aid for bandage
Q-tips for cotton swabs
Pampers for diapers
Tylenol for acetaminophen

It's one thing if that's what you're using (I need to buy more Pampers, the diapers made by P&G), but please don't ask me to hand you a Kleenex out of a Puff's box.
Originally Posted by jce
Everyone laughs at me because I still say I will get a Xerox of that because "back in the day" the original copiers were all Xerox, and we all referred to making a copy as "get a Xerox of that" instead of "get a copy of that." It is so outdated now because I haven't seen a Xerox copier in ages!!
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Birfday for Birthday makes me cringe.

And as a fast speaker I am guilty of some of the mentioned misprounciations but I call it short hand slang ...
Originally Posted by SilverCurls
It's cute if you're six, but otherwise annoying to me.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
I agree! Maybe even if you're 8 and missing your front teeth.

There are people in my family who pronounce a certain state as Massatushetts. Drives me nuts!

Other things that bug me are using proper nouns for items when that's not what you're using. Examples:
Kleenex for tissues
Band-aid for bandage
Q-tips for cotton swabs
Pampers for diapers
Tylenol for acetaminophen

It's one thing if that's what you're using (I need to buy more Pampers, the diapers made by P&G), but please don't ask me to hand you a Kleenex out of a Puff's box.
Originally Posted by jce
That bothers you? We had a thread about the above issue last year and, for some odd reason, the topic again came to mind last night as I was about to doze off. I was thinking that Brillo pad and Slinky were two other examples. ...sorry, semi-random guano.

Back to the OT: "aks" makes me crazy! And "supposably" is almost as bad.
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It's cute if you're six, but otherwise annoying to me.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
I agree! Maybe even if you're 8 and missing your front teeth.

There are people in my family who pronounce a certain state as Massatushetts. Drives me nuts!

Other things that bug me are using proper nouns for items when that's not what you're using. Examples:
Kleenex for tissues
Band-aid for bandage
Q-tips for cotton swabs
Pampers for diapers
Tylenol for acetaminophen

It's one thing if that's what you're using (I need to buy more Pampers, the diapers made by P&G), but please don't ask me to hand you a Kleenex out of a Puff's box.
Originally Posted by jce
That bothers you? We had a thread about the above issue last year and, for some odd reason, the topic again came to mind last night as I was about to doze off. I was thinking that Brillo pad and Slinky were two other examples. ...sorry, semi-random guano.

Back to the OT: "aks" makes me crazy! And "supposably" is almost as bad.
Originally Posted by Phoenix
Yeah, that bothers me, but it's not a total deal breaker. I will still hand you the tissue out of a Puff's box, but I'll say "Here's your tissue." not "Here's your Kleenex."

Another one I thought of is sherbert instead of sherbet. I was guilt of that until I actually read the label one day and saw there was no r before the t.
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Not so much a word misuse, as a word that bothers me...deplane.....when did that become a word!?!

I've heard it nowhere else but the US...it irks me so much! You do not 'plane' an airplane, therefore how can you 'deplane' one.

Since when did 'disembark' become obsolete?

...phew, nice to get that out!
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I want to add I thought most people said Feb-ru-ary. I do.
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My mom says gold instead of goal. Example: My gold this year is to get in shape.

Both of my parents say ideer, instead of idea.

The over-use and mis-use of the word "literally" really drives me crazy. Rachel Zoe and her associates are very guilty of this. "I am LITERALLY dying right now." No, you are not, or you'd be dead by now!
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Originally Posted by KookyCurl
Sorry but this cracked me up!!!

Also, is it just me or does anyone else hear people say "ast" instead of ask? Somethimes it's just hard to tell, so I could me mistaken about what they actually said.
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i had no idea that people said feb-roo-airy. i don't know a single person that pronounces the "r". i always thought and was taught that it was feb-you-airy, kind of like how you don't pronounce Wednesday by saying wed-ness-day, but wenz-day.
Originally Posted by emthefantastical
Exactly. I've NEVER heard anyone pronounce the "r" in February...

For me, it's weird to hear people say "I'm fixin' to do this." I heard it a lot when I was in Texas. Maybe it's a southern thing? Also:

"I be (insert verb here)"
Usage of AIN'T(That is NOT a word!!)
"How come?"....I prefer "Why?"
Using the wrong contractions/tenses. ie "I hope she don't come."/"She got her hair did." Yuck..
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AM-bul-LAMZ instead of ambulance will always top my list.

You's ..... i.e. "You's want some breakfast?"

effin hate when people say that.
Originally Posted by santini
That's funny. I never heard that one.
Originally Posted by curlypearl
Oh lord I grew up saying you'se guys this & you'se want to that. I'm from MI. A few teachers in high school made it their prime directive to get us all to stop saying it that way. It worked
Originally Posted by missbanjo
Really? I'm from MI too, but only heard it on tv... "pacifically", in 3 Stooges flicks.

Warsh.

As in warshing machine or warsh your hands. How do they get an R in there? My grandpa used to say it. I heard it recently from someone but hadn't heard it in a long time before that.
Originally Posted by missbanjo
That may be a regional thing. I grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, and it was very common there to hear it pronounced "worsh."
Originally Posted by B-wavy
My dad has lived his entire life in Michigan and says "worsh".

Everyone laughs at me because I still say I will get a Xerox of that because "back in the day" the original copiers were all Xerox, and we all referred to making a copy as "get a Xerox of that" instead of "get a copy of that." It is so outdated now because I haven't seen a Xerox copier in ages!!
Originally Posted by munchkin
Back in college I interned at a foam cup producer (not Dow), and because of it, I won't say "styrofoam". Instead I'll say "foam" cups/plates or "polystyrene"... and people end up thinking that I'm just trying to be all Miss Smartypants...
Back in college I interned at a foam cup producer (not Dow), and because of it, I won't say "styrofoam". Instead I'll say "foam" cups/plates or "polystyrene"... and people end up thinking that I'm just trying to be all Miss Smartypants...
Originally Posted by vegas_curls
I learned something. So is it only ok to say styrofoam when it's a Dow product? How will I know?

And no, I'm not be a smartypants. I really want to know so it won't bug me from now on.


Note to self: add 'styrofoam' to list of words not to use unless it's the real thing.
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i had no idea that people said feb-roo-airy. i don't know a single person that pronounces the "r". i always thought and was taught that it was feb-you-airy, kind of like how you don't pronounce Wednesday by saying wed-ness-day, but wenz-day.
Originally Posted by emthefantastical

For me, it's weird to hear people say "I'm fixin' to do this." I heard it a lot when I was in Texas. Maybe it's a southern thing?
Originally Posted by KinkyQuirky
I do love it when people say "fixin," love it!!! Then again, I think the Texan accent is kinda cute......

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