Misprounced words

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Janalynn, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    Okay, I love Heavenly's new post about the tough words, but my brain isn't working that well!

    what are some words that you find people in your life constantly mispronounce that make you crazy?!

    My friend who is a high level Executive Assistant always says 'supposably" as opposed to
    "supposedly" It drives me nuts for some reason. There's a couple of others that she says but they've escaped my mind right now.

    My boss who deals with "Financials" always says "Financuals". I always want to say, "you mean

    Anybody have any - or any that they get mixed up??

    LEFTYGG Member

    I need to write them down. H e gets mad when I correct him I only do it in private. one day we were talking about being cremated. he said they can put me in a urinal or whatever I dont care. Instead of urn. I think he does it on purpose.

    One thing that drives me crazy is when people say I seen instead of I saw. A lot of people do this to the point that it seems right lol.love gail
  3. lgp

    lgp Well-Known Member

    is the overuse of the word 'like'- 'I was like, walking down the street, and like, I crossed at the green light, and like a car was there, and like, it hit me, cause like, I'm stupid..."

    Oh and how about this one for mispronunciation; people saying 'libery' instead 'of library'. That one makes me really cringe!

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  4. mysticbrit

    mysticbrit New Member

    A couple of words come to mind right now that make me grind my teeth when I hear them.

    Before I quit working one of the gals in my office constantly said Pacific instead of Specific. Since she went out on business calls I took a chance and mentioned it to her. I didn't want her to be thought of as dumb. I was very kind but she bit my head off and denied doing that. After that I let her say whatever she pleased. It was awful to hear her tell people about the cruise her daughter went on. She kept describing how much they had done by saying over and over that it was "All exclusive" instead of "all inclusive".

    Another word I hear a lot is irregardless - no such word.

    My pet peeve is when people say "was" rather than "were". You'd be surprised how many newscasters get that one wrong.

    A lot of our language is habit. It's difficult to change our speech patterns once we're adults. Since I'm in no way a language specialist I'm sure I butcher a word or two fairly often. I ask my hubby to point out my blunders (in private) since I welcome his input. His BA was in French and his MA was French and German. Sooooo, languages are his friend - lol.

    I have promised myself that I'll keep my opinions to myself from now on after having my head bitten off by my co-worker. We had known each other most of our lives, went thru school together, grew up just down the road from each other. I truly was KIND when I pointed out that some folks get confused and say "pacific" when they really intended to say "specific". I tried to say it as, "Have you ever heard people say "pacific" when they really mean "specific". Her response was to say that SHE had never made that mistake. OK - guess my hearing was going.

    I love words and our language. It's beautiful how people from all walks of life (and education levels) can still somehow manage to communicate thru shared words.

    Love to hear more.


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  5. stick2013

    stick2013 Member

    Love her to death, but when she says the word warranty, it comes out WARRANTREE.....OMG!!!!! I have given up correcting her, as it does no good. I do however, AVOID talking on any subject that the word warranty might come up...... lol!!!!!!!
  6. victoria

    victoria New Member

    My pet peeve is how "affect" & "effect" are too often used incorrectly as if they're the same thing. I've even seen PhDs misuse these words in scholarly articles.

    I'm not sure why it's such a problem, maybe because they only differ by one letter? (Best explanation I found is yourdictionary.com/grammar-rules/affect-effect-grammar.html )

    I did know someone who I think actually must have had some kind of brain processing problem, as he so regularly screwed up. He would substitute similar sounding words for the one he meant. The only example I can remember now is this:
    "The liquor of the room was beautiful."
    instead of
    "The decor of the room was beautiful."
    It was really hard not to correct him!

    I'm sort of on the other side of "dilemma" vs "dilemna" - I was taught the latter and actually pronounce it that way as well (apparently I really liked phonics as a kid, LOL). (I was always a top-notch speller too, usually got 100 on spelling tests.)

    Anyway, I did a bit of research after using the spell check programs and constantly having it underlined as wrong, which irritated me to no end, lol, until I finally looked it up -

    it's not the British or any other way of spelling it. From what I could discover, certain areas of the Midwest taught it that way back in the 1950s or so. Period. The rest of the world didn't go along with it ... what can I say. I still pronounce it with the 'n' in it tho... 45+ years of training isn't going to change quickly, haha, tho I do try to not spell it with the 'n'.

    Oh- one other, a friend still says 'orange' the way she said it as a child - 'oinge' - even tho she knows it's wrong and can pronounce it correctly.

    PS: However after working in newspaper advertising while in school, I cannot stop shortening words - like writing 'tho' for 'though', "nite" for "night" -- etc!

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  7. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    Let's see....

    1. George Bush, the former leader of thr free world. Amember (just kidding) how he used to pronounce the word "nukular" instead of "nuclear?" That made me very ascared!!

    2. my ex-husband: "warsh" instead of "wash."

    3. You fellow nurses will understand this one: O2 "stat" instead of O2 "sat"
  8. Gingareeree

    Gingareeree New Member

    persnickity,it's actually pernickity...Febuary,instead of February...ecetra,instead of etcetra... BTY..Jimma Carter was also guilty of saying "nukular"!!
  9. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    There is no que in "coupons"!!! > yes, "supposably" drives me up a wall too. (members of my own family say "words" like these. ... with college degrees!

    > and a "liberry" might be a flavor that I don't know of ... but it's certainly not a place where you check out books (as in "Library").

    My dad was from Cicero/Chicago (Al Capone's area) so we ate sammiches (sandwiches) and I was often asked
    "whatsa matta witCHU"? (what's the matter with you?)
    When I got older I once I replied
    " I dont' know. I don't even know anybody named Chu"! (that didn't go over too well . LOL).
    No, he wasn't Italian. No, not one of "doz" (those) Italians.
    Then there's my mom who's from southern Illinois. They talk with a heavy Kentucky type accent ..like Loretta Lynn. She used to "worsh the floor" and we were told to "go worsh up" every night. In 3rd grade I learned (from a spelling test) that our first President was NOT
    George Worshington.
    I also learned that I had gone through kindergarden, NOT kinnygarden.
    Don't you love it when people say .. "I'm so flustrated"! (instead of flustered or frustrated).
    SO... After being asked whatsamatta witchu, (whom I've never met) I ate my sammich and worshed up for bed each night. It was a linguistically challenging and confusing childhood.
    So flustrating.

  10. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Hey Jim, didn't you hear 'yous' as the plural of you as well?

    (I grew up in a north of Chicago suburb, didn't hear that til I moved into Chicago... both my DH and I and our families for a few generations are from there.)

    (+ my DH's father also grew up in Cicero, in fact was a lifeguard for Al Capone's son ... LOLO maybe they knew each other)


  11. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Well, I can't think of any word that is mispronounced to my annoyance. But don't
    worry. There are lots of other things I find annoying.

    My father was a drunk and seldom spoke to his children except to bark commands:
    "Bring me a beer. Take out the thrash."

    I always wanted to ask him where "thrash" came from, but I didn't as I knew it
    would just set him off.

    My mother used to say "misconscrewled" for "misconstrued", but she did it as a joke.

    JimB, I say Q-pon. Nodobby never learned me different. I guess it should be
    ku-pon, huh? There's a city in Iowa that is pronounced w/ no ess sounds:
    Des Moines. It's Duh-moyn. Homer Simpson would get the first syllable right.

    It does kinda bothers me when best selling authors write things like: "Neither of them
    are coming. Bill was a few inches shorter than him." See the same kind of stuff
    in the news reports.

    I forgot who mentioned persnickety. A couple sources said this was the American
    version of the English pernickety. I've read lots of English books w/o ever coming
    across pernickety.

    W/ regard to dilemma, it is frequently used as a synonym for problem. More precisely
    it is a specific kind of problem. Two choices; both bad.

    I am, however, a recovering perfectionist, so I try to be less demanding of both
    others and myself.

    Well, disregardless, I must go by by now. Hope you all is having a good knight.

  12. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    I know about "yous". I spoke it.
    Actually, I pronounced it "yuz". ... (as in .."So what are yuz doin"?)
    My wife corrected me soon after we met.Very soon! Still haven't found a good replacement for a word that the English language so desperately needs.
    Chicagoland... where putting ketchup on a hotdog earns you a slap upside the head.
    "Da Chicago Bears don't put no ketchup on der hotdogs! Whatsa matter witchu"?

    I think most Chicagoans thought Archie Bunker spoke perfect American.
    No misconscrewed words or any ting like dat.

    Actually I was born in Cicero but moved 25 miles west to DuPage Co. at 2 yrs old. A world of difference from crowded/smelly Cicero/Chicago. Up in Skokie now.

    Rock ... Ha Ha! "Take out the thrash" BTW, my brother lives in Des Moines.

    ... and as all of we Illinois kids learned EARLY in grade school .. "the S in Illinois is SILENT"!!!
    (pronounce the S and you got a reaction from the teachers as if you had spouted an obscenity!). Ha!
    I never did understand why they put the S in Illinois if your not supposed to pronounce it. ?? Oh those crazy Native Americans! What pranksters!
  13. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    These are great! Some are just darn funny!! This would be a fun game to play with all of the people in our lives who mispronounce so many words. It would give us all an opportunity to get the message across.

    Yeah, "I seen", as opposed to "I saw" is just bad grammar. I "axed" you drives me nuts! Did you axe me or did you ask me?

    My husband is guilty of saying "I called him up" Should be "I called him"

    The office mgr at my office said "I have a great ideal, how's about I do....." Whoa.

    Lots of misspelled words, but those don't bother me as much, it's the pronunciation.

    I must admit, I was guilty of writing "alot" a lot. Also noone, instead of no one.
  14. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    I get this a lot lately........

  15. mysticbrit

    mysticbrit New Member

    I agree, as a former Illinois resident that the S is definately SILENT.

    Also, a common term in Chicago is "hunnerd" rather than "Hundred". Such as: I won two hunnerd bucks in the lottery.

    About 35 years ago I moved far away from Illinois all the way to Wisconsin. Guess I was yearning for even more snow.

    It really annoys me to hear people (especially sportscasters) pronounce Wisconsin as WHISKconsin. It makes me think I should start beating some eggs or whipping cream.

    Wishing you all a hunnerd days of sunshine.


    P. S.

    Rock, if you haven't already read my reply to you on your post about church bulletins please check it out. You and my hubby's brother may have worked together.

  16. Asatrump

    Asatrump New Member

    husband says CRICK instead of CREEK

    neighbor playing cards says MELT instead of MELD
  17. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Yes, I saw your reply on the church bulletin thread. Actually read it 3-4 times. I
    worked at the cave in the late 50s, early 60s, so would have been there before
    Larry's brother. Which brother was it? Curly or Moe?

    The cave has new owners now, but the pics on the web site look pretty much
    the way the place looked half a century ago. I can't remember if I wrote to the
    new owners or if I just thought about. Wonder if the buffalo head still hangs
    on the wall. And do the mallard ducks still spend the summer in the park. It had
    a stream running through it and picnic tables. They probably were thrown lots
    of hot dog bun crumbs.

    RE: Wrigley Field, my dad claimed he was there for the 1932 World Series when
    Babe Ruth pointed and then hit his home run. Dad was a poor 23 year old living in
    Iowa then. Allegedly he and a friend rode a box car to Chicago and managed to buy

    A kind lady w/ a picnic basket befriended them and provided lunch. I wrote up the
    story for one of those nostalgia magazines, but it wasn't printed. Too bad. The only
    time my dad and I ever collaborated on anything.

    He was a man of simple tastes. Sports and booze. The nice things was he could
    often combine the two; getting drunk while watching a ballgame. He would be
    appalled to find out that basketball is now the American pastime.

    Regards to Larry.


  18. lilaclover30

    lilaclover30 New Member

    I love in Indiana, not Indianer. That is next to Illinois, not Illinoise.

    Schoot teacher DIL says: We was there. Also types there for their.

  19. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Illi-noise or Illi-noy...
    leads me to think about the way Chicago is pronounced--

    Chicaw-go or Chicahgo...
    (I say it the first way, the 2nd always grates on my ears much more than if Illinois is pronounced with an 's' for some reason.)

    Same with Missouri. Half the state says "MissourEE", the other half says MissourAH. At least nobody (I think) pronounces it "Misery'. (Tho I *think* most, if not all, natives of Illinois do not pronounce it with an 's'.)

    I've heard many from all over pronounce words that start with 'th' as if it started with a 'd', as in 'dey' for 'they'.

    My grandmother gets a pass for never pronouncing my name correctly, as her first 8 years of life were spent in Germany; so, she never could pronounce 'v'.

    Or how about 'Italian"? I was taught to say a short 'i' to start it, many say it with a long 'i'.

    Jim I have a friend who lives on LaVergne in Skokie, you don't happen to live next door or down the street do you? LOL...

    Down south it's common to add an 'a' before many words... as in, "I'm a-takin' my nap now." Also 'pretty' is commonly pronounced 'purdy'.


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  20. victoria

    victoria New Member

    The word 'across' - often hear it said as 'acrost' or 'across-ed' (the e is pronounced)

    & 'athlete' pronounced as 'athalete', same with 'dilate' (dial-ate)....

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