Spinoff: mispronunciations that annoy you

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To me, it smacks of, "I'm American and I'll say it however I want to, dammit."
Originally Posted by Rubber Biscuit
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I guess I see it more as just what happens when a word is adopted into another language, especially since I doubt too many English speakers have heard "quinoa" pronounced as keen-wah.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy

Except for a few who said kwin-o-ah, as it looks, that's the only way I've heard it pronounced . Maybe that's because I watch a lot of cooking shows where it's pretty commonly used.
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When people pronounce Houston St. In NYC as "Huuston" instead of "Howston." It isn't pronounced the same way as the city in Texas.

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Originally Posted by Nallia
Yeah, but you kinda have to admit that Houston, TX, is much more well-known than Houston St. People may have just moved to NYC and haven't been filled in yet. Or they may have just seen it in writing.

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Both of my parents pronounce Massachusetts as Massatuchetts. They kinda trip over it as they try to say it, and they're both educated people.

I hate it when people pronounce humble, umble.
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Sherlock Holmes didn't say "E-le-men-TAR'-y, my dear Watson.", but I know a woman who pronounces it that way, LOL.

She's from upstate New York. Is that typical there?
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Last edited by auntnett; 10-21-2011 at 03:28 PM.
Sherlock Holmes didn't say "E-le-men-TAR'-y, my dear Watson.", but I know a woman who prounounces it that way, LOL.

She's from upstate New York. Is that typical there?
Originally Posted by auntnett
Ha, I don't know if it's typical for upstate NY but around here, people say "elemennary"

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when people pronounce jalapeño with a J, or overly emphasize the E
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When people pronounce Houston St. In NYC as "Huuston" instead of "Howston." It isn't pronounced the same way as the city in Texas.

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Originally Posted by Nallia
Yeah, but you kinda have to admit that Houston, TX, is much more well-known than Houston St. People may have just moved to NYC and haven't been filled in yet. Or they may have just seen it in writing.

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Both of my parents pronounce Massachusetts as Massatuchetts. They kinda trip over it as they try to say it, and they're both educated people.

I hate it when people pronounce humble, umble.
Originally Posted by wavyblonde
Oh, I know. It doesn't annoy me as much as amuse me a bit. I always find it funny how differently some words are pronounced in different areas. I have no idea how it came to be pronounced that way since no one pronounces the city that way. Lol
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Peripheal (peripheral)...don't forget that last "r."

Partically (particularly)...I think people often forget a couple of syllables in this word because they're speaking too quickly.
No MAS.

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when people pronounce jalapeño with a J, or overly emphasize the E
Originally Posted by KurlyPrincess
I have a cousin who did this, although his father is Honduran. It irked me even when I was little.
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Pronouncing "tarot" so it rhymes with "carrot"
everything. I live in the deep 'dirty' south so basically every time someone opens their mouth my eye twitches. This is because I'm a stickler for proper english.
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Once I marred my husband I hated having our last name mispronounced, its spelled Petrick and its not pronounced Pet rick, its pronounced Pee trick. It about drives me insane.
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I moved to Texas and still haven't figured out southern speak. I have to laugh at most pronunciations because I'm usually unsure what the intended word was.

My husband is the worst. Instead of "pinch", he says "peench". His long E's crack me up every time.

Oh and my MIL says "Eye-talian" instead of "Italian". It makes me laugh. I guess pasta comes from "Eye-taly".

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Ibuprofen is pronounced Eye-boo-pro-fen not Eye-boo-fen

I hear the latter a lot at work.
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Ibuprofen is pronounced Eye-boo-pro-fen not Eye-boo-fen

I hear the latter a lot at work.
Originally Posted by curlylaura
Haven't heard that one but I do often hear I-bee-profen - as if they're blind to that U in there
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Being from the south, most of the colloquial expressions do not bother me. I understand that several members of my grandparents generation, like most generations before, had to quit school after 4th grade to help their family survive. The local people of my area are honestly not that far removed from "uneducated" but I never think of this as a bad thing. It was a shame, but there was no shame in it. I also know a great deal of the dialect in my area comes from our Scotch-Irish heritage mixed with Cherokee. It's a common place form of chatter. I do not have a strong accent. I never have, but I will throw southern slang and terms into conversation because I find them hysterical and full of quick wit. "He was drunker than a 9 eyed spider" or as my father just informed me "We ate seafood, it was so good it'd make yer tongue smack yer ears off". Love it.

I can only think of one mispronunciation that truly bothers me. Plas-kit rather than plastic. Nails on a chalk board!!

I do crack up when people attempt to pronounce roads, or community names in my surrounding area. I in no way expect them to say Tuckasegee, Judaculla, Wayehutta, or Cullasaja (to name a few) correctly but I give them A++ for attempting. It's precious, and a little comic relief never hurt anyone.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

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Originally Posted by curlysue21
I know that the correct way of pronouncing it is koo-pon, but half the time when I hear people say it this way, they sound like pretentious jerks. I don't know why. But it strikes me as obnoxious when pronounced correctly.
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