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What words that people mis-pronounce that drive you nuts?


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#1 of 265 DouglasRobert

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Posted June 03 2004 - 12:39 PM

What words do people always mis-pronounce that just drives you crazy?

Not talking about words such as tomato or potato, or hard tp pronounce words, but just easy common words that other people seem to always mis-pronounce.

For me it's "Idea".

I hear a lot of people adding an R at the end, and thus say "Idear".

I can say 'idea' correctly and it just drives me nuts when other people say 'idear'.

#2 of 265 Bryan X

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Posted June 03 2004 - 12:58 PM

Just off the top of my head, I hate to hear 'warsh' instead of 'wash'.

'Nucular' is another. There's only one 'U' in 'Nuclear' folks!

#3 of 265 Chris_Morris

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Posted June 03 2004 - 01:00 PM

Kerosene when it's pronounced as Kerasahn and not Care eh Seen or Care oh Seen.


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#4 of 265 Pamela

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Posted June 03 2004 - 02:06 PM

I once worked for a yahoo boss, who pronounced nuclear, "nuke-u-lar," and chiropractor, "choir-o-practor." He also said things like, "I don't got" and "they don't got." Drove me NUTS! Of course, he also had terrible hygiene and wore clothes with big holes in them.

#5 of 265 Rob Gardiner

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Posted June 03 2004 - 02:19 PM

"lie-berry" as in Seattle Public

#6 of 265 Mike Lenthol

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Posted June 03 2004 - 02:43 PM

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#7 of 265 Todd Hochard

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Posted June 03 2004 - 03:09 PM

Nucular. I feel like throwing that person into a pile of fissile material, in hopes that they might "get it."Posted Image

Warsh- I'm from WV, so I hear this a lot back home. Still annoying, after all these years. Marylanders taught me how to speak properly.Posted Image
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#8 of 265 Zen Butler

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Posted June 03 2004 - 03:10 PM

About pronounced as aboat. Which pretty much rules out me listening to any hockey broadcasts.

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#9 of 265 Patrick Sun

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Posted June 03 2004 - 04:06 PM

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#10 of 265 Steve_Tk

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Posted June 03 2004 - 04:58 PM

Eggs pronounced Aggs. Instead of e they say A. I don't know why that one gets to me. But hearing someone say scrambled Aggs drives my mad. It's an EGG.

#11 of 265 Yee-Ming

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Posted June 03 2004 - 06:35 PM

Around here, they call the letter "H" "haitch" instead of "aitch". Bugs the hell out of me.

And you Americans call the letter "Z" "zee" rather than "zed". Bugs me too Posted Image Which reminds me of that "my name is Joe, and I'm a Canadian" routine...

#12 of 265 andrew markworthy

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Posted June 03 2004 - 06:46 PM

Alas, it is not possible for a Brit to answer this question without offending the entire American nation. Posted Image

#13 of 265 Yee-Ming

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Posted June 03 2004 - 06:56 PM

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#14 of 265 Mark Brewer

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Posted June 03 2004 - 08:19 PM

Aunt

Don't know why but i bugs me when people say ant for their Aunt....
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#15 of 265 Mike_Ch

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Posted June 03 2004 - 08:21 PM

I don't really get the "idea" one, in Australia, its pronounced exactly as i-dear...

My friend used to pronounce Grand Prix as "grand pricks" instead of "gron pree". Posted Image

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#16 of 265 Yee-Ming

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Posted June 03 2004 - 08:42 PM

Mike, I think Douglas means people who really really roll the "r" in "i-dear" at the end, and not those who pronounce "dear" with a very light "r" at the end. We get that here sometimes as well.

As for "grand prix", to be fair that's confusing French-stuff. How about "renn-dez-voos" for "rendezvous". Or "linger-ree" for "lingerie"? Posted Image

Also: turning a "maisonette" into a "mansionette".

What amuses me sometimes is otherwise well-educated types pronouncing the "l" in "salmon".

#17 of 265 Brian Harnish

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Posted June 03 2004 - 09:51 PM

I guess I'm lucky that I don't have any problems with spelling or pronounciation. Posted Image Posted Image

(and yes, that last word was misspelled deliberately).

#18 of 265 Jerry Almeida

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Posted June 03 2004 - 10:12 PM

My wife doesn't pronounce the "g" in hanger. She says she's always said it that way. It annoys the crap out of me. Posted Image

Don't know why but i bugs me when people say ant for their Aunt....

Must be a regional thing or something because I'm pretty sure "ant" is an acceptable pronunciation.
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#19 of 265 Michael Pineo

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Posted June 03 2004 - 11:17 PM

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Mike, I think Douglas means people who really really roll the "r" in "i-dear" at the end, and not those who pronounce "dear" with a very light "r" at the end.

Actually, I think he meant people who put any 'r' sound at the end of the word idea (since there isn't an r anywhere in the word Posted Image) We get that a lot in New England. People around here won't pronounce the letter r when it is present in a word, so I guess they make up for it by adding an r sound to words that shouldn't have it Posted Image

My personal pet peeve has always been 'jewlery' instead of 'jewelry'.

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Posted June 04 2004 - 12:08 AM

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