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ann peeples

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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Fri, 02/25/11 4:27 AM (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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    mr chips

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    Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Fri, 02/25/11 7:32 PM (permalink)
    My home state is Or-ray- gun, not Or ray gone.
     
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      Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Fri, 02/25/11 8:49 PM (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.
       
      Bart
       
      #33
        Ahi Mpls.

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        Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Fri, 02/25/11 9:02 PM (permalink)
          Thank you bartl, I love info like that!
             My 4th grade teacher once told us that every single thing that we learned, 
              Made us SMARTER!   
         I took that to heart.  
         
        #34
          dimmie2

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          Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sat, 02/26/11 9:03 PM (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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            irisarbor

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            Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Fri, 03/4/11 3:57 PM (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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              BelleReve

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              Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Fri, 03/4/11 4:36 PM (permalink)
              sal-mon
              Woolsworth - though your'e not going to hear too much of that anymore
               
               
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                Mosca

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                Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Fri, 03/4/11 10:06 PM (permalink)
                vichyssoise. The s at the end is not silent.
                 
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                  seafarer john

                  Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sat, 03/5/11 10:15 AM (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.
                   
                  Cheers, John 
                   
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                    Ahi Mpls.

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                    Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sat, 03/5/11 5:11 PM (permalink)
                     Yer Darn Tootin'!  
                     Champin' or Chompin'  Both mean let's GO!  
                     
                    <message edited by AHI MPLS on Sat, 03/5/11 5:12 PM>
                     
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                      Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sat, 03/5/11 8:55 PM (permalink)
                      Chafe at the bit is also acceptable.
                       
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                        stricken_detective

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                        Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sun, 03/6/11 12:38 AM (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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                          MikeS.

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                          Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sun, 03/6/11 12:54 AM (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

                          <message edited by MikeS. on Tue, 03/8/11 1:14 AM>
                           
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                            bartl

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                            Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sun, 03/6/11 2:20 PM (permalink)
                            stricken_detective


                            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.
                             
                            Bart
                             
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                              bartl

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                              Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sun, 03/6/11 2:22 PM (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.
                               
                              Bart
                               
                               
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                                Davydd

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                                Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sun, 03/6/11 4:52 PM (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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                                  Ahi Mpls.

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                                  Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sun, 03/6/11 7:05 PM (permalink)
                                     Sherbert.  (my spell check just yelled at me)  
                                   
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                                    ladygodiva

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                                    Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sat, 08/13/11 11:38 AM (permalink)
                                    how do you pronounce this
                                     
                                    Spokane Washington,
                                     
                                    is it
                                     Spoke Ann
                                    or
                                    Spo Caine?
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
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                                      CajunKing

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                                      Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sat, 08/13/11 8:28 PM (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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                                        Uncle Groucho

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                                        Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sat, 08/13/11 8:35 PM (permalink)
                                        The capital of Kentucky is spelled
                                        Frankfort.
                                        Sorry I just had to do that.
                                         
                                         
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                                          CajunKing

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                                          Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sat, 08/13/11 8:39 PM (permalink)
                                          Uncle Groucho


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


                                          6 minutes
                                          WOW that didnt take long! 
                                          <message edited by CajunKing on Sat, 08/13/11 8:40 PM>
                                           
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                                            jeepguy

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                                            Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sun, 08/14/11 5:55 AM (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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                                              bartl

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                                              Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Sun, 08/14/11 12:26 PM (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.").
                                               
                                              Bart
                                               
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                                                eruby

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                                                Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Mon, 08/15/11 9:42 AM (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. 

                                                <message edited by eruby on Mon, 08/15/11 9:44 AM>
                                                 
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                                                  Davydd

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                                                  Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Mon, 08/15/11 9:54 AM (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. Mon, 08/15/11 2:37 PM (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.
                                                     
                                                    Brad
                                                     
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                                                      mbrookes

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                                                      Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Mon, 08/15/11 3:30 PM (permalink)
                                                      "Simular" instead of "similar" drives me crazy.  My friends, though, would tell you that is not a drive; it is a putt.
                                                      <message edited by mbrookes on Mon, 08/15/11 3:31 PM>
                                                       
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                                                        Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Mon, 08/15/11 3:50 PM (permalink)
                                                        vanella = vanilla
                                                        astrotisk/asteriks = asterisk
                                                        duckwork = ductwork
                                                        pinecomb = pinecone
                                                        crans = crayons
                                                         
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                                                          Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Mon, 08/15/11 4:31 PM (permalink)
                                                          They are crans!
                                                           
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                                                            Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. Tue, 08/16/11 9:15 AM (permalink)
                                                            Can't draw a pitcher without your crans!
                                                             
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