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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/16 13:56:36 (permalink)
 
Oh, boy.  This could be a long list!  In addition to mispronunciation of words, I would also add misuse of words to the list. 
 
Here are a few:
 
Mid-westerners tend to drop infinitives.  Instead of saying, "The care needs TO BE washed", some mid-westerners just say, "The car NEEDS WASHED."
 
Northeasterners who say,  "Cawfee" instead of coffee.   "Soder"  instead of soda.  "Draw" instead of drawer.
 
Some mid-westerners pronounce both Don and Dawn as "Don". 
Many northeasterners do the opposite.  They'll pronounce both Don and Dawn as "Dawn", especially on Long Island.  (Lawn Goylin).
 
New Yorkers who pronounce long "I" 's  as  "oy".   Examples:  Time = "toyme".   Mine = "moyne" , etc.  
Some of it is irritating enough to almost make me want to puncture my ear drums!
 
Now for some Washington DC area stuff.    Much of the DC stuff has spread to other areas of the country via the news media, as much of the news comes out of the area.   Here are some of them that I noticed when I moved to the DC area 23 years ago.   
Many in the DC area (especially in the media) pronounce "details" as "dih-TAILS". 
There are also some local grammar issues in DC (again, much of it is in the DC media, which seem to have some sort of inbred clique of robi-trons who tend to think the same and make the same mistakes).    One mistake is that they will say, "The weather  IS BEEN  hot all week long."   It should be, "The weather HAS BEEN hot all week long."
 
Here is another DC-ism that I noticed in the area 20+ years ago, and it has spread to many other areas (again .... mainly spread by, and used by, the media).    They will use the term "UPWARDS OF" in its exact opposite meaning.   They will use "UPWARDS OF" to mean "UP TO" .  Example:  They will say, "We are expecting  UPWARDS OF 6 inches of snow."    That technically should mean that they expect more than 6 inches of snow.   Ten inches is UPWARDS of 6 inches.   But, when the media (incorrectly) use "UPWARDS OF"  6 inches, they actually mean "UP TO"  6 inches.    Why can't they just say "up to" when they mean "up to"? 
DC media language:
"It IS been snowing all day, and we expect UPWARDS OF 16 inches of snow.  Weather Dih-TAILS on our 6 o'clock report."
 
Translation:
It HAS been snowing all day, and we expect UP TO 16 inches of snow.  Weather DETAILS on our 6 o'clock report. "
 
Here is another one that gets used in its opposite meaning:    CORRIDOR
There is an area in the VA suburbs of DC referred to as the Dulles Technology CORRIDOR.  A corridor refers to something that is generally long and narrow.  There is a toll road called the Dulles Toll Road that is sometimes referred to as the Dulles Corridor, which is fine, as it is long and narrow.    However, there is also a general area of tech companies in the Herndon, Reston, Sterling, Chantilly, and Ashburn area that some people call the Dulles CORRIDOR or Dulles Technology Corridor.     But, they are in an area that is anything but a corridor.  They are in a generalized "blob" of an area, and NOT in any kind of alignment that would be called a CORRIDOR.     Once, I even asked someone who used the term.  I asked "where specifically is this 'corridor'"?  He replied that it is not really specific, but a general area encompassing parts of several local communities.   So, the guy pretty much admitted (without knowing it) that he had no idea what "corridor" means.
 
Continuing with the theme of misused words, the word "IGNORANT" is frequently misused.   IGNORANT means "unaware" or "not cognizant" .    Example:  "Steve did not see the weather forecast, so he was IGNORANT of the approaching storm."      The misuse of the word ignorant is when people use it to label someone they disagree with.   
 
Another classic: 
Using "IREGARDLESS"  for  REGARDLESS
 
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/16 17:08:26 (permalink)
Well, Glenn, I am, respectfully, going to disagree on a few of your points.I am a born and bread midwesterner, and no one I know drops infinitives. Maybe some due, but it has nothing to do with the midwest-more likely lack of education or laziness, which can be found everywhere in this country.And alot of your points are more about area accents, rather than mis pronunciation.
Your views on mis- used words, however, are spot on.
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/16 17:20:21 (permalink)
Glenn1234, If you were in NEPA, you would be Warshing the car.

 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/16 17:40:34 (permalink)
 
I guess one question would be is where does "accent" end, and outright mispronunciation begin? 
 
For the northeast, when "car" is pronounced "cah", I would call that an accent.  It is a more lazy way to say car by dropping the "r".    But, for something like saying "soder" for "soda", it actually takes more effort to add on the "r".  That seems to border on the line of almost creating a different (wrong) word. 
 
"New-Q-luhr" could be a lazier (accent) way of saying "nuclear."
 
Where do we draw the line of accent versus outright wrong pronunciation / wrong word?    
   
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post edited by Glenn1234 - 2011/08/16 17:43:45
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/17 15:42:50 (permalink)
What Bread (pronounced Watt Bread)
 
A few years back, a brother-in-law from MS came to visit and we stopped by a local coffee shop for breakfast.  After ordering his eggs, the waitress asked "and what kind of toast?"  He replied "what". She replied "the bread for your toast.  He said "what bread".  She replied "we have rye, whole wheat, white and pumpernickel.  His reply "what bread... what bread  - hello ..what bread!" 
 
Who's on first?
 
post edited by mjambro - 2011/08/19 07:36:39
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/18 17:12:40 (permalink)
Where in Mississippi? Never heard that. Weet bread is more MS. 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/18 20:17:25 (permalink)
In NJ I always said RAD-E-A-TOR
It was soon pointed out to me that its RAY-D-A-TOR, after many laughs is High School.
My sister in NJ always says "She  soar something".
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/19 08:44:04 (permalink)
This very subject was explored by Brian and Stewie Griffin:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lich59xsjik
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/26 22:37:10 (permalink)
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/26 23:47:08 (permalink)
  Sussex County Delaware has a couple of weird pronuciational aberrations that i find somewhat weird.The dipthong "ou" gets really severely mangled,its not at all unusual here to hear the word "house" pronounced as "Hice".And the pronunciation of "about" is all over the map,sometimes it like the Canadian "aboot" and sometimes  as "abite".
    But weirdest of all is PO-lice (accent on the PO rather then po-LICE) and "ambalance" as opposed to "amb-you-lunce"
 
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/28 00:46:40 (permalink)
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/28 02:03:26 (permalink)
My 41 year old Daughter continues to say pitchers for pictures. Can't get her to break it. As a kid, she ate subgetti.
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/28 08:05:08 (permalink)
In Greece or Georgia, it's Ath ens
In Kentucky it's A thens
 
In France, it's Vur sy
In Kentucky, it's Ver sales
 
I live in Berea (Buh ree ah), KY
Some locals say Brear
 
We have Barbourville (Bar ber ville), KY
Some locals say Barbavul and mash it together like that just got shot up with novacaine
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/28 08:12:35 (permalink)
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My 41 year old Daughter continues to say pitchers for pictures. Can't get her to break it. As a kid, she ate subgetti.
My 34 year old daughter still pronounces it as pisgetti.
 
One of our baseball announcers still pronounces integral as intricle.
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/28 08:16:42 (permalink)
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Well, Glenn, I am, respectfully, going to disagree on a few of your points.I am a born and bread midwesterner, and no one I know drops infinitives. Maybe some due, but it has nothing to do with the midwest-more likely lack of education or laziness, which can be found everywhere in this country.And alot of your points are more about area accents, rather than mis pronunciation.
Your views on mis- used words, however, are spot on.
Most born and bread miswesterners wouldn't know good bread from a hole in the wall  LOL.

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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/28 22:18:43 (permalink)
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Where in Mississippi? Never heard that. Weet bread is more MS. 

 
There in MS watt bread is the white one, not the light brown one
post edited by CajunKing - 2011/08/28 22:21:05
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/29 11:05:01 (permalink)
One that I hear frequently: "light an incent" as opposed to "light some incense". We suggest to our customers to check the air-tightness of some of the equipment we manufacture, by using smoke from burning incense. One of the sales guys always says "light an incent".
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/30 03:20:08 (permalink)
I say "preventive". Is it preventive or preventative? 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/30 10:09:15 (permalink)
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I say "preventive". Is it preventive or preventative? 


The dictionary agrees with you!
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/30 23:15:56 (permalink)
Prescription - I've noticed almost all TV and radio commercials people pronounce it "perscription" ...
 
Today I heard someone say her sister volunteered at the liberry.
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/31 11:13:50 (permalink)
  For the past 5 days now I have endured callers to the local talk radio station telling stories about the big "hair-a-cane"
 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/31 17:22:01 (permalink)
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Wahrshing 


 
That's where Barak and Michelle live!
Warshingmachine DC.
 
OK, here's another, Molly B. Denim for molybdenum. (yeah, I know it's something that everybody uses frequently in everyday conversation, but the boys in the shop always laugh when someone sez Molly B).

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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/31 17:32:40 (permalink)
I notice a lot of central New Yorkers use "tuh-duh" in place of "to the" (let's go tuh-duh park), and they like to have "a glass a" something instead of "a glass of" something (let's have a glass a iced tea).
 
Another semi-frequent one is when people say "bolivious" and even "boliviated", when they mean "oblivious". That's a cringer for me right there.
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/31 17:47:11 (permalink)
Gosh, I could write for days on this subject, but when Paula Deen pronounces "shrimp" with two syllables (SHREE-ump) instead of one, it's like chalk screeching on a blackboard for me.  I keep waiting for her to stretch it to three: sher-REE-ump 
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/31 18:13:58 (permalink)
MellowRoast

Gosh, I could write for days on this subject, but when Paula Deen pronounces "shrimp" with two syllables (SHREE-ump) instead of one, it's like chalk screeching on a blackboard for me.  I keep waiting for her to stretch it to three: sher-REE-ump 

 
ANYTHING she says is like nails on the chalk board. Y'All
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/08/31 18:23:39 (permalink)
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I say "preventive". Is it preventive or preventative? 


The dictionary agrees with you!

 
(in my best Richard Dawson voice from family feud)  The Answer Is.....  Both. 
 
Preventive is the actual correct use and spelling, however preventative is used as far back as the mid 1600's.  They both are in most dictionaries and mean the same thing.
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/09/08 09:34:53 (permalink)
I have to go to the A CUM EE to buy some filum so I can take a pixture of my chimbly.
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/09/13 15:56:54 (permalink)
singing
 
sing (with a hard G) and Ging (with a hard g) so pronounced like
sinG - Ging
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Re:Words that are routinely mispronounced. 2011/09/22 21:37:38 (permalink)
Another possibly regional pronunciation thing that bugs me, a lot of central NY'ers don't pronounce "nt" in words properly... accident, ointment, like that. I can't spell it out, it's a breathy sound rather than the hard "nt". I even hear local newscasters do it, gets under my skin.
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