Spinoff: mispronunciations that annoy you

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Diaspora (I've heard dye-AH-spor-a instead of dye-AHS-por-a. Don't hear it too often, though, so correct me if I have it wrong).

Quinoa (It's keen-wah, not kee-no-ah).

Edit: Ooooooh and when people say "a cup of chino" instead of cappucino! Or "camalari" instead of calamari. Or pronounce conch phonetically instead of "conk."
Originally Posted by Rubber Biscuit
I think both pronunciations of quinoa are accepted actually. The first maybe more correct, but the second is valid One is just an Anglicization of the word.
Originally Posted by KookyCurl
Hmmm, I find that rather odd. English has plenty of words that originate in another language, but do not become commonly "anglicized," especially for food items. Immediately coming to mind are merlot, filet, tortilla, etc.

As an addendum, these words are a part of my daily vocabulary, and those mispronunciations bother me, on certain occasions, like when a certain coworker mangles many of those words. I genuinely hope noone feels offended, especially if any of those words are not a part of your regular repertoire.
Originally Posted by Rubber Biscuit
I dunno, It's just how my latin american teacher said it in class even though he spoke spanish and mayan (ketch-ee-kal can't spell the real one). I also read it in an NYT article.

Personally I hate it when people say Bang-gah or Banger for Bangor, Maine. No one except people from away says it like that!! The real downeast pronunciation is much subtler than that more like Bang-gohr. An aspirated r rather than a hard one but a long o.
When people don't pronounce the "t" in the middle of words, it makes me insane!

Like pronouncing the name "Dalton" as "Dal Enn" with a big pause in between. Amber from Teen Moms talks like that, sounds so annoying!

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mine is more grammar related.. "how's come", "I seen that", and "alls" as in "alls I heard was...". ugh!! those drive me crazy!!!! but also because, when people say "buh-cuz" and when people drop the g at the end of anything ending with "ing". like huntin' and fishin' lol that drives me crazyyyy
Supposebly instead of supposedly... A couple people I work with say this. It drives me nuts, but I don't want to correct them.
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I think both pronunciations of quinoa are accepted actually. The first maybe more correct, but the second is valid One is just an Anglicization of the word.
Originally Posted by KookyCurl
Hmmm, I find that rather odd. English has plenty of words that originate in another language, but do not become commonly "anglicized," especially for food items. Immediately coming to mind are merlot, filet, tortilla, etc.

As an addendum, these words are a part of my daily vocabulary, and those mispronunciations bother me, on certain occasions, like when a certain coworker mangles many of those words. I genuinely hope noone feels offended, especially if any of those words are not a part of your regular repertoire.
Originally Posted by Rubber Biscuit
I dunno, It's just how my latin american teacher said it in class even though he spoke spanish and mayan (ketch-ee-kal can't spell the real one). I also read it in an NYT article.

Personally I hate it when people say Bang-gah or Banger for Bangor, Maine. No one except people from away says it like that!! The real downeast pronunciation is much subtler than that more like Bang-gohr. An aspirated r rather than a hard one but a long o.
Originally Posted by KookyCurl
Ok, cool. I believe the word comes from a native language in Peru.

As for "Bang-gah," it makes me nuts when people immitate the various New England accents. There are subtle nuances that distinguish them (like aspirations), and if you're not from there, you sound silly to the locals when you mock them.

Also, "yous" and "idear" grate on my ears.
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Supposebly instead of supposedly... A couple people I work with say this. It drives me nuts, but I don't want to correct them.
Originally Posted by MissJ
Ohh!! I agree!! that or eXpecially. instead of especially. There is an "sp" not an x!
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mine is more grammar related.. "how's come", "I seen that", and "alls" as in "alls I heard was...". ugh!! those drive me crazy!!!! but also because, when people say "buh-cuz" and when people drop the g at the end of anything ending with "ing". like huntin' and fishin' lol that drives me crazyyyy
Originally Posted by luvs2sinnnggg
Ha, I really was trying not to go there (regarding grammar peeves), but, yeah, the misuse of "seen" is rampant and has been making me crazed of late.

Some others:

"Mines"
"Moms"
"They is..."
"You was..."

Kind of random, but...

Diaspora (I've heard dye-AH-spor-a instead of dye-AHS-por-a. Don't hear it too often, though, so correct me if I have it wrong).

Quinoa (It's keen-wah, not kee-no-ah).

Edit: Ooooooh and when people say "a cup of chino" instead of cappucino! Or "camalari" instead of calamari. Or pronounce conch phonetically instead of "conk."
Originally Posted by Rubber Biscuit
I think both pronunciations of quinoa are accepted actually. The first maybe more correct, but the second is valid One is just an Anglicization of the word.
Originally Posted by KookyCurl
Hmmm, I find that rather odd. English has plenty of words that originate in another language, but do not become commonly "anglicized," especially for food items. Immediately coming to mind are merlot, filet, tortilla, etc.

As an addendum, these words are a part of my daily vocabulary, and those mispronunciations bother me, on certain occasions, like when a certain coworker mangles many of those words. I genuinely hope noone feels offended, especially if any of those words are not a part of your regular repertoire.
Originally Posted by Rubber Biscuit
I can only speak for myself, but I wasn't at all offended!

When people don't pronounce the "t" in the middle of words, it makes me insane!

Like pronouncing the name "Dalton" as "Dal Enn" with a big pause in between. Amber from Teen Moms talks like that, sounds so annoying!

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Originally Posted by RobinP92202
Oooops, guilty! Not quite as guilty as Amber, but I know what you mean! I think it sounds a bit persnickety when people pronounce some of the middle "t" words, but I have actually been working on it lately because I know it sounds sloppy and lazy and makes me quite the hypocrite. I also notice this with some words that end in the "t" sound - many of us don't always pronounce that hard "t" sound. Working on it!!

How about just using plain ol' "cuz" instead of "be-cause." I'm as guilty as sin of that offense!
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Expecially instead of especially, makes me crazy.
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"Axes" instead of "asks". I always picture the executioner with the face mask and big axe when I hear someone say,"I axed him something".
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"Axes" instead of "asks". I always picture the executioner with the face mask and big axe when I hear someone say,"I axed him something".
Originally Posted by reeni
haha funny lol that reminds me of when people say "textes". as in multiple texts. lol it's so annoying
"Axes" instead of "asks". I always picture the executioner with the face mask and big axe when I hear someone say,"I axed him something".
Originally Posted by reeni
haha funny lol that reminds me of when people say "textes". as in multiple texts. lol it's so annoying
Originally Posted by luvs2sinnnggg
I still can't accept the use of the word "text" as a verb. When someone sends me a text message, I will say, "he sent me a text" because I cannot bring myself to say, he "text-ed" me.

And it doesn't matter if people argue that it is okay to use the word as a verb, I'm just saying that it doesn't sound right to my ears!

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Conversate vs Converse. Conversating vs Conversing. LOL!
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I HATE how some people pronounce the word: software.



Here, everyone says 'sofwer'. I do understantad that. However, I Do not agree, and bugs me a little. Or maybe something more...
Originally Posted by maria_i
I've often wondered if people who speak languages other than American English observe pronunciation problems in their native languages. I have a friend from Korea who is amused/confused by how commonly Americans mispronounce English words and how Americans generally don't seem to know their own language/spelling/grammar/punctuation rules very well. Apparently Koreans don't typically have this problem? No stuttering and stumbling over words or using words in the wrong context, either. I was fascinated by this.
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Conversate vs Converse. Conversating vs Conversing. LOL!
Way too many people actually think conversate is a word.

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Originally Posted by NYCgirl

As much as I hate the word, according to Merriam Webster dictionary it is a word.

con·ver·sate \ˈkän-vər-ˌsāt\
intransitive verb
: converse 2a
Other forms: con·ver·sat·ed; con·ver·sat·ing
Origin: back-formation from conversation.
First use: 1973

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I've often wondered if people who speak languages other than American English observe pronunciation problems in their native languages. I have a friend from Korea who is amused/confused by how commonly Americans mispronounce English words and how Americans generally don't seem to know their own language/spelling/grammar/punctuation rules very well. Apparently Koreans don't typically have this problem? No stuttering and stumbling over words or using words in the wrong context, either. I was fascinated by this.
Originally Posted by Honeycurls
I don't know about Korea specifically, but I highly doubt other countries in general don't typically have pronunciation/contextual issues. If Domyouji Tsukasa's language fails in the Hana Yori Dango drama are any indication, there are plenty of ways for natives to screw up words and use them in the wrong context in Japan. I've also seen what appears to be natives (I could be wrong, they were just Youtube comments on random French videos, like one where a girl showed how to do nail marbling, but that video and others weren't exactly raking in the views and I doubt they had much of an international audience) misusing French spelling and grammar. It may have been deliberate, but it was different from text-speak or shortenings.
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The ask/asked vs. axe/axed thing is one of my biggest annoyances, too.

I hate conversate almost as much as efforting - effort is not a verb! Or if it's become/becoming one, it shouldn't, IMHO The really bad part is that almost every time I've heard it has been on the TV news, further legitimizing and spreading it.

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