Words that are routinely mispronounced.

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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/02/25 04:27:15 (permalink)
I worked at Warner Cable for years and I had an elderly customer who just couldnt figure out her remote control.She called it a " mocha retroal".
I had a customer at my deli that called  rotisserie chicken " roastasheer chicken".
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/02/25 19:32:51 (permalink)
My home state is Or-ray- gun, not Or ray gone.
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/02/25 20:49:16 (permalink)
Let's not confuse accents with mispronunciations. I took a speech class (prerequisite for Public Speaking) in college, and the professor was very careful to differentiate between the two. This is especially true for vowel sounds (somebody mentioned "wahrshing" for "washing", or whether it's See-rup or sir-up for syrup. Because of regional accent differences, the women in my father's family are my "ahnts", and in my mother's family, they're my "ants".
 
My father had several editions of Merriem-Websters from different decades, and it's interesting how mispronunciations became standard pronunciations. For example, "rationale" was originally pronounced "rash-on-'ale-lee". Pronouncing it "rash-on-'al" was a pseudo-fancy pronunciation, like Jonathan Winters' "gar-'bahj". But, in the 1960's, it was listed as a secondary pronunciation, and in the 1970's, it became the primary pronunciation. Now, it's the only pronunciation.
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/02/25 21:02:04 (permalink)
  Thank you bartl, I love info like that!
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/02/26 21:03:28 (permalink)
I don't much worry about how I say something cause most times, folks know what you're saying anyway.
 
I've said carmel but if I stop and think about it, I know it's caramel. 
 
And we've always used 'chomping at the bit' instead of the correct term of 'champing at the bit', cause it makes no sense when I'm describing somebody being pissed off.
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/03/04 15:57:37 (permalink)
The one that drives me over the bend crazy, because even presidents do it is
NUC U LER 
it is pronounced   Nuc  le- ar
just the way it's spelled
idiots!
makes me insane every time I hear it!
 
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/03/04 16:36:08 (permalink)
sal-mon
Woolsworth - though your'e not going to hear too much of that anymore
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/03/04 22:06:11 (permalink)
vichyssoise. The s at the end is not silent.
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/03/05 10:15:48 (permalink)
Dimmies example of champing/chomping at the bit is interesting because  either is "correct". That is to say it is correct because both the speaker and the hearer understand what is being said either way. However, the original expression was champing at the bit, meaning impatient to get started. To champ on something is to chew it. To chomp on something is to chew it noisely. 
 
Not to deny my saying that either is correct because both  the speaker and the hearer understand, but to confuse the  matter further: If you said to me either champing or chomping at the bit I'd understand that the subject was impatient to get moving, while you'd mean that the subject is angry , and we wouldn't really understand each other at all.
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/03/05 17:11:16 (permalink)
 Yer Darn Tootin'!  
 Champin' or Chompin'  Both mean let's GO!  
 
post edited by AHI MPLS - 2011/03/05 17:12:52
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/03/05 20:55:25 (permalink)
Chafe at the bit is also acceptable.
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/03/06 00:38:44 (permalink)
bartl And a LOT of people are calling soft-serve ice cream "frozen custard".
Frozen custard does exist. It's a different recipe.
 
salad  = cel ed
 
milk  =  melk
 
Italian  =  Eyetalian (this one makes my teeth itch)
 
Pass-tee  = paste-y    (everyone at work calls them pasteys. I keep telling them pasteys are something a dancer wears down at the Hoochie Coo Revue & Passtees are something Nana made for supper.)
 
dachshund  = dash hound
 
Arthritis  =  Artha ritis
 
Rotator Cuff  = Rotator Cup
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/03/06 00:54:46 (permalink)
Louis

Forte
Many people put an "A" on the end.  It doesn't have one.
The "E" on the end is silent.


 
I disagree with this one. I've had too many music instructor, including one with a Phd. pronounce it Fortay

post edited by MikeS. - 2011/03/08 01:14:17
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/03/06 14:20:30 (permalink)
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bartl And a LOT of people are calling soft-serve ice cream "frozen custard".
Frozen custard does exist. It's a different recipe.

That was kind of my point.
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/03/06 14:22:09 (permalink)
Oh. another misidentified food. Go to a Jamaican Restaurant and ask for an empanada, and they'll tell you they don't sell those. They sell PATTIES.
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/03/06 16:52:01 (permalink)
Empanadas are called many different things for a similarly made food. In Jamaica they are called patties. in Bolivia they are commonly called Saltenas. Every country seemingly has a different recipe. I would not classify this as a case of mispronunciation.
 
Neither is calling ice cream a frozen custard. It is more a confusion and ignorance calling ice cream frozen custard since they are distinct entities. There is also confusion over malt or malted and and milk shake which are again distinct entities. These differences are well known in the Midwest since all are common and even sold in the same restaurant as a choice (i.e. Culver's). I don't know about other regions.
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/03/06 19:05:49 (permalink)
   Sherbert.  (my spell check just yelled at me)  
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/13 11:38:14 (permalink)
how do you pronounce this
 
Spokane Washington,
 
is it
 Spoke Ann
or
Spo Caine?
 
 
 
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/13 20:28:37 (permalink)
Ok so how is the capitol of Kantuckee spelled
 
Louie - Ville
Louis - Ville
Low - Ville
 
????????
 
Around here it is
 
washing = War shing
Washington = War shing ton
wash = warsh
creek = crick
roof = ruff
 
Vevay, Indiana = Vee Vee, Indiana
Milan, Indiana = My lin, Indiana
Versailles, Indiana = Ver Sales, Indiana
 
among others
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/13 20:35:23 (permalink)
The capital of Kentucky is spelled
Frankfort.
Sorry I just had to do that.
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/13 20:39:30 (permalink)
Uncle Groucho

The capital of Kentucky is spelled
Frankfort.
Sorry I just had to do that.


6 minutes
WOW that didnt take long! 
post edited by CajunKing - 2011/08/13 20:40:41
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/14 05:55:33 (permalink)
I knew a girl who was determined to pronounce Wisconsin- WiNsconsin. Also people who throw an S at the the end of names such as- Krystal's, Red Lobster's, Aldi's etc. That annoys me! " />
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/14 12:26:04 (permalink)
In New York City, a lot of people pronounce the Verazzano-Narrows Bridge the VeraNzanno. It's so common that quite a few people have been surprised when I showed them that there was no "N" in that spot (made  a bit harder to explain because of the two "N's" later on in the name, so I can't just say, "There is no "N" in Verazanno.").
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/15 09:42:03 (permalink)
CajunKing

Ok so how is the capitol of Kantuckee spelled

Louie - Ville
Louis - Ville
Low - Ville

????????

Around here it is

washing = War shing
Washington = War shing ton
wash = warsh
creek = crick
roof = ruff

Vevay, Indiana = Vee Vee, Indiana
Milan, Indiana = My lin, Indiana
Versailles, Indiana = Ver Sales, Indiana

among others
Folks from Picksburgh PA can't help saying warsh and warshing, especially those from North VER-Sales. Didn't yinz know that. 

post edited by eruby - 2011/08/15 09:44:20
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/15 09:54:34 (permalink)
Dang! And I always thought it was Worshington. After all I grew up near Worshington, er Washington High School in Indianapolis. Warshington was for those affected with the idea of trying to pronounce it correctly.
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/15 14:37:48 (permalink)
Many years ago I dated a girl who thought that Pepsi-Cola was not only a soft drink but a city in Florida as well.
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/15 15:30:47 (permalink)
"Simular" instead of "similar" drives me crazy.  My friends, though, would tell you that is not a drive; it is a putt.
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/15 15:50:51 (permalink)
vanella = vanilla
astrotisk/asteriks = asterisk
duckwork = ductwork
pinecomb = pinecone
crans = crayons
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/15 16:31:23 (permalink)
They are crans!
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/16 09:15:21 (permalink)
Can't draw a pitcher without your crans!
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