100 most commonly mispronounced words

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Male 109
My mum went crazy lol
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Male 109
I remember getting a book for my birthday just before I started school, and it was a story that came from the USA, using words like `vacation`, `pants` instead of trousers etc.
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Female 264
anal much?
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Male 2
they dont under stand duck tape is a correct name as the water rolls of it like a ducks back,
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Male 1,265
I knew a guy back in school who watched The Blues Brothers and thought their car was a `Dard` Sedan.
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Male 4,393
who the HELL whoud say "bob wire" :p
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Female 1,211
"Tuesday, August 08, 2006 2:25:16 AM
Ostraya?"

Hehehe...Pauline Hanson...

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Male 265
Heh....bidness.
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Female 50
haha, in the Urban dictionary about Britian..."Guess what?! We have gas." That made me laugh.
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Male 377
I always say duck tape even though you`re supposed to say duct tape. I just think to myself, "Wow, what a big difference to say duct tape instead of duck tape."
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Male 418
Alright alright so I may mis-pronounce a few words here and there. The important thing is that I correctly pronounce the important words in life: BEER, SEX, TITTIES, BOOTY and the all encompassing drat
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Male 15
Im suprised they didn`t have Sammich or samwich in there, I never pronounce that properly, could be because im from southern loisiana, but still, i never say Sand-wich.
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Male 26
where is pwned?!?!?!
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Male 2,958
I should say:

Warning: Adult Language, and lots of it.

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Male 2,958
I think this pretty much settles it...
http://www.yourfilehost.com/media.php?ca...

You`ll have to copy the url and change a word in there. (drat=f*ck)

Warning: Adult Language.

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Female 109
Quit having a go at France! I have been to France many times, we have been going every year for the past 7 or 8 years and i will agree that some of the people were arrogant and treated us very rudely because we are English (even though my mom was speaking fluent French to them!) but I have also met some nice French people and the actual country is a lovely place and they have amazing food (its not all frogs legs and snails!!)

Bekll
I would be homesick too, seriously i think it is the nicest country i have ever been to. I couldn`t have asked for a better place for the coach to break down! lol

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Male 437
i...like...pizza
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Female 1,984
miss_fairy,

Thanks! Glad you had fun while you were there. I`m homesick for the place... America`s wearing me down.

I wanna go back home! *cries*

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Male 143
^^Yeah, I have some pretty good french friends...
Besides, everyone knows Canada`s the best country in the world hands-down!
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Male 962
^ i only met one french person like that.
The Brazilians and argentians are like that tho.
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Male 1,225
All the French I have ever met are arrogant bastards... not that they all are, but I`m still waiting to meet one that DOESN`T spout off about how their country is better then the rest, and that everyone should speak French, and that the French should rule the entire world.
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Male 962
so what if they eat frog legs and snails its still a nice country.
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Male 337
Some of those are ebonics, some of them are just the way you say words, some of them are silent letters, some of them are correct.
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Male 8
yeh but they eat frogs legs and snails. live in england, its pretty crap.
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Male 962
Hell yes we are. But not as arrogant as the French!

leave the French alone i met some French people and their nice but the ones from paris are arrogant.

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Female 109
Bekll
Seen as this has turned into a place to talk about countries, I just have to say i really love your country Switerland!! It is totally awesome! We got stranded there once when our couch broke down and i got to stay in the best hotel i have ever been in and the people are so nice and the scenery is amazing. I think it is a way nicer place than England, and that is saying something because i am pretty patriotic.

This is a pretty random post really...

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Male 2,958
Yeah. I could tell you weren`t being all too serious in your post, but there`s still some europeans around here that sling mud and seem to truly stand behind their words.

PS. OMGz0R l00k at mi p05+ c0un+! I`m s0 1337!

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Male 1,265
No I don`t hate America and the Americans. That`s not to say they didn`t happen, but you can`t blame the children for their parents` mistakes, so to speak.

To be honest it took me bloody ages to write that list.

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Male 2,958
what`s funny is how much america is mentioned on britains page, but as far as I can see there`s no mention of britain on america`s page.

Maybe america really does talk more sh*t about britain. Though I wouldn`t be able to tell using this site (IAB) as a source.

I`m almost positive you dipsh*t brits start nearly every region war that happens on this site. And I don`t mean `dipsh*t brits` in a `every one of you, even the ones I don`t know, are dipsh*ts.` sense. I`m just referring to the ones that say: "America is stupid, blah blah blah" and when someone says something back that requires some intelect to counter they just say "You`re ignorant and being judgmental". It`s ignorance and hypocrisy all rolled up in one, and I can`t stand either/or.

The rest of you I`m cool with. (I mean, c`mon, english chicks sound hot)

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Female 109
Yep read that link, i especially like number 2, 5 and 8.
Its not all bigging up Britain though if you go through the pages there is some showing the other side of the arguement.
By the way i dont hate America, i like it actually, and i know some really nice Americans and there is lots of good things about it... i am just sticking up for my Continent.
:-)
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Female 109
OK the link didnt work let me try again
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Female 109
Haha the arguement between Europeans and Americans is funny! Now let me put some sense into the arguement... there is good things in both, but Europe is clearly better. Just kidding, but this website might interest you>
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Female 268
ahhh if only we had virtual bombs
Europe is beautiful
and so is America.
i`m putting you all in separate corners
now behave.
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Male 241
Monday, August 07, 2006 5:42:13 AM
^^^^ Are all Europeans this arrogant and narrow minded?

Hell yes we are. But not as arrogant as the French!

Woohoo! Flamewar!

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Female 32
Oh joy...more pointless U.S. vs. Europe arguments. That`s JUST what we need. *much sarcasm*

That list was way too picky...I mean, who cares if you pronounce it "Febuary?" lol, sad...

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Male 962
5) America saved Western Europe in WWII. If not with blood, then with money, leadership and rebuilding (Marshall Plan). A war which America never wanted to fight.

We helped you in some wars.

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Male 962
Britain
1)Anemometer
2)Carbonated water
3)Geologic time scale
4)reflecting telescope
5)Lawn mower
and some other good stuff
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Male 962
im jokeing so dont be a smartass because i know what your like
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Male 962
^ Who`s B-Hazard
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Male 2,958
America:

1. B-Hazard


nuff said.

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Female 1,984
dudeman1st,
"8) Levi`s
9) Hamburgers
10) Fried Chicken
11) Dollars
13) Music
14) iPod and countless other cool things"

Oh, c`mon! That`s how you end how "cool" America is compared to Europe?

I can do that sort of thing w/ my country Switzerland.

blah de blah de blah...
1) Best chocolate
2) Best watches - swatches
3) Cheese - some w/ holes even!
4) Most neutral country in the world
5) Has three main languages! And another, much less common, Romansh.
6) Boarding schools
7) Clean air
8) Yodeling
9) X-ray machine
10) Computer mouse
11) Velcro
12) Aluminum foil
13) Portable typewriter
14) Swiss Army Knife
15) Comics
16) Cereal bar

...to name a few.

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Female 1,984
ping_gk, "And I`m sorry, there`s no silent T. Don`t even try to give me that crap."

Actually, there is a silent "t" in "often". I asked my mother, who used to be an English teacher, to pronounce "o-f-t-e-n" and she said it without the "t".

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Female 101
Garner`s Modern American Usage says that "clothes is pronounced /klohz/. To pronounce the -th- is to engage in hypercorrection." and " Although [pernickety] is the older form, persnickety is now about five times as common in print as pernickety in AmE [...] While pernickety survives in BrE, it can rightly be labeled a needless variant on this side of the Atlantic."
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Male 962
btw not all Europeans hate Americans.
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Male 962
Kmetg america did some good things in the past and plez ppl dont make this into a comment war
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Female 58
Ostraya?
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Male 1,354
Well, KMeTG, I`ll tell you why America is better/cooler than Europe.
1) We don`t chant racist remarks at sporting events.
2) We don`t fight over sporting events.
3) We nuked Japan. We forgave it. Then we rebuilt it.
4) Now look at the number two economy in the world.
5) America saved Western Europe in WWII. If not with blood, then with money, leadership and rebuilding (Marshall Plan). A war which America never wanted to fight.
6) Look at the number 3,4,5, and 6 economies in the world. (All in W. Europe)
7)America always seems to think it rules the world, and frequently gets involved in other country`s business to "help" them. When America doesn`t get involved, all countries whine like a bunch of babies, "America, why didn`t you give us money or aid or military support?" (damned if do/don`t)
8) Levi`s
9) Hamburgers
10) Fried Chicken
11) Dollars
13) Music
14) iPod and countless other cool things
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Female 50
I say it Wed-nes-day.

And I am so calling the heimlich maneuver the Heinekin Remover from now on.

"jist nor dis"-- This person is just grasping at straws for that one.

And I`m sorry, there`s no silent T. Don`t even try to give me that crap.

The more I read this the more pissed off I get.

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Male 143
My boss pronounces the first "d" in wednesday.
It`s probably a good thing, its just distracting when she does it.
And I have a friend that says rather instead of either...as in, "I`m going to rather win or lose"
He`s the only person I know that does this.
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Female 294
They left out one of the ones I hear the most.
A lot of people say "lenth" instead of "length" and for some reason, it really gets on my nerves.
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Male 308
KMeTG,do you actually mean what you wrote,or are you just playing the devils advocate?

and i agree that as long as people know what you mean,the actual word you use doesn`t matter.

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Male 672
Whatever. So long as people know what I`m saying.
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Male 616
I have one: The coast is clear. For the longest time I thought it was the ghost is clear!
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Male 372
Also note, duct tape CAN be called Duck Tape. there is, at the very least, a brand called Duck tape.
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Female 106
some people cant help some of this stuff cuz of accents theres some of them i tried to say right and couldnt lol
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Female 155
Wow, Expresso is Espresso? They spell it `Expresso` in my local coffee shop! :-O
My English teacher pronounces it `ofTen`..
Many of the terms that refer to history are in my Humanities textbook... Holy hell, we all can`t spell.
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Female 1,572
now i`m even more bored.
I got through to the first word in D and Quit.
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Male 221
Pronunciation for the hard of understanding.
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Male 189
OH NOES
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Male 1,265
And if it wasn`t for the Americas, Columbus would have found India by sailing West!!!

Now then, what about being anti-European?

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Male 1,265
No, no, let`s turn this into an anti-American hate campaign! I`ll give you a few to get us going!

Ok, let me see now...

America nuked Japan twice just to show the Russians the kind of power they possessed...

America always seems to think it rules the world, and frequently gets involved in other country`s business to "help" them, when clearly it`s just to protect their own interests...

American colonies (granted, descended from Europeans) saw it fit to stamp out the indigenous population of the Americas...

Every year, Americans celebrate the fact that Britain, now their allies, lost a war to their ancestors...

In America, you can walk into a bank and they give you a dratING RIFLE as a free gift for joining their bank, and then wonder why atrocities like Columbine happen...

American soldiers have been known to attack and kill their own men and allies because they were too dumb to check their intel...

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Female 1,211
"It really is hard to say "Australia" the right way."

Hehe, I`ve noticed that on American TV shows. Not saying that your stupid, the shows are cool, but its funny that people can`t say Australia.

Believe me, barely any Australians can say it right either :-D

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Female 1,984
raceal2, "Same thing with February. Who do you know that actually pronounces the r?"

*raises hand* I do!

Woot! My 200th post!

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Female 316
The word is spelled "forte" but the [e] is pronounced only when speaking of music, as a "forte passage." The words for a strong point and a stronghold are pronounced the same: [fort].

I have always pronounced it incorrectly?!!? ;-/

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Male 372
The person who wrote that needs a reality check. Most of those "mis" proninciations are because of accents. I wonder if they noticed that very few people say half those things "correctly"? Pronunciation pedants get on my nerves.
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Male 62
This was kind of retarded. I understand some things (I hate it when people say axed as opposed to asked) but nowadays, ofen and often are both considered logical pronunciations. Same thing with February. Who do you know that actually pronounces the r? We say Febuary. It`s easier. And stop saying Americans are stupid. I didn`t think this would turn into an anti-American board. Then again, what doesn`t nowadays?
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Male 2,781
ACTUALLY ENGLISH IS ONE OF THE MOST CHAOTIC LANGUAGES TO LEARN. IT`S NOT REALLY `ORGANIZED` THAT MUCH.

A WORD MAY HAVE A DIFFERENT MEANING BUT STILL BE SPELLED THE SAME.

LIKE, .. DUCK OR DUCK (THE ANIMAL OR GET DOWN...)

IN SOME LANGUAGES, LIKE SPANISH FOR EXAMPLE, THE LETTERS ARE SPELLED OUT AS THEY ARE. THERE ARE ACCENTS TO DENOTE WHICH VOWEL SHOULD BE STRESSED.

ANYWAY THAT`S A LITTLE THAT I KNOW COMPARING ENGLISH AND SPANISH

BUT I LOVE ACCENTS!!! THEY KINDA TURN ME ON.

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Male 1,016
AHAHAHA BIDNESS IS THERE
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Male 118
i`ve got one that mispronounced by americans"FOOTBALL"
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Male 36
I`ve never mispronounced any of these words, and never met anyone else who has... I think the list might be slightly biased.
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Male 100
What Ev!
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Female 1,984
^ Overmann: I agree.
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Male 1,586
It seems like most of these corrections are geared toward making black people speak like white people.
Just axe one of your friends - and then plan your exscape.
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Female 630
"^^^^ Are all Europeans this arrogant and narrow minded?"
No, no their not :-)

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doggy dog world dog-eat-dog world

HAHA LMAO
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Female 811
Tee hee hee, i`m changing my last name to Norder asap.
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Male 2,958
HA. Americans are stupid! I mean, who pronounces things based on how they were `trained` to by example for their entire lives? That`s like, human instinct or something! What morons!
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Female 797
It really is hard to say "Australia" the right way.
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Female 797
Who the hell says dog-eat-dog world?
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Female 873
Lol sum of these were funny and sound very simular!
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Male 2,605
Everyone makes mistakes. It`s good to see that even a regular grammarian slips up occasionally, Bekll.
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Male 55
lol! I pronounce most of the longer words right, but not the shorter words like "didn`t" and "isn`t."
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Female 109
Well i dont know what everyone is talking about Americans pronouncing things wrong because i am English and i pronounce quite a few of them wrong, but at the end of the day what does it matter? I mean everyone pronounces things differently because of accents and stuff so who cares?
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Female 79
i say bob wire :-)
yeah i kno i didnt get very far..
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Female 163
Hmmm, I didn`t like this. The author seemed liked a know-it-all. People pronouncing things how they like is what makes the world go `round!
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Female 177
Wtf? How is it a American thing to mispronouce words? Everyone does it. And no, im not American. I ain`t trying to attack or defend people, i just don`t belive in stereotypin. Anyways, i neva knew bout the often/ofen thing, but then agen, I dont really give a sh*t lol.
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Male 16
I notice all the time that people mispronounce words and sayings, especially ones like OFTEN, that one bothers me a lot with the spoken `T`. This is obviously an English linguist, and he doesnt take into account different accents Americans have vs Europeans, let alone the different accents between different races and locations in America either. In General I would say many of these are true, and I speak all the ones I read correctly, but with some accents and speach patterns, I can see the deviations. Its an education thing IMHO.
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Female 1,007
That was kinda dumb. I don`t mispronounce any of those.
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Female 314
I DONT GIVE A CRAP about what stupid smarmy people tell me about how im pronouncing something wrong. They should all rot in their closets and die of starvation.
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Male 140
Do people also pronounce the H in Honour?

If not, leave "herb" alone.

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Female 1,652
i expected `poem` and `wolf` to be on that list. I know too many people that say `poim` and `woof`
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Male 577
That was retarded. Any linguist would have knocked half those words off the list. Most of them were just spoken with an accent.
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Male 1,496
I thought it was Old Timers Diease when i was 6 maybe?
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Female 228
I really liked it.
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Female 39
I have to admit that I thought it was "For all intensive purposes" until just recently. I had never seen it in text, and the few times I heard it were not enunciated very well.

But there are a few things on that list that are ridiculous.

And 84M81, unless you speak perfect English with no slang or jargon, bugger off.

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Female 32
mossoi, their both right ....

www.yaelf.com/aueFAQ/mifsptndmgspttngmg.shtml

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Female 268
tomAto tomato big deal
i say `erb
not herb
and why is it your own language
do you think we stole it from you or something?
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Male 188
Some of that`s quite interesting; there are a couple I didn`t know.

Having said that, things like the idea that `snuck` isn`t a word are rather silly. Language evolves all the time - new words are created, and old ones lost. Also, most people today would look at you funny if you said `respit`, instead of `respite`.

Language conservativism is only good when things start not to make sense - like when people get confused between `bought` and `brought`.

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Male 962
^ shut up
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Male 4
Has anyone else noticed how most of those words are commonly not spoken correctly by Americans? Look, it`s bad enough that you use our own language incorrectly, but `erb! Come on!
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Male 62
If you read the most misspelled words, you`ll understand this one.
Now equiptment is misspelled 22,933 times on the internet, making that website wrong! Hahahahaha!
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Male 2,720
It`s SO true; I totally mis-say Klu Klux Klan like several times a day.
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Male 38
i got past the a`s and then got bored
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Female 14
Some of those were really lame... Most people are aware of the majority of those words, it just comes down to being lazy :-P and i don`t need to be told i`m lazy, i`m fully aware of that already :-)
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Male 2,567
uhh
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Male 23
I can`t believe they missed culinary. It is not cull-in-airy like I so often hear, it`s kyoo-lin-airy, check dictionary.com, look at it for yourself

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/c...

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Female 285
i feel really stupid.
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Male 2,057
i have to say ive never got them wrong, sorry.
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Female 5
Trebian, it`s not so much progress as natural change. Pronunciation changes all the time, as awkward consonant clusters, etc. erode from words. We tend to say what is easiest, and that is not always what the spelling of a word, standardized somewhere around the 17th century for most English words, captures.

But I agree with you; language conservatism is a futile knee-jerk reaction.

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Male 346
do people really get some of those wrong?
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Male 315
I don`t really see the point of language conservatism. Languages change all the time and personally I think that`s progres, not the destruction of it. The "correct" proununciation should be decided by the people who use the language. Power to the people!
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Male 382
Hehe... Just a bit useless.
[quote]On 8/7/2006 5:19:35 AM kairobert wrote: so... are all americans this stupid?[/quote]
[quote]On 8/7/2006 5:42:13 AM AndelleRae wrote: ^^^^ Are all Europeans this arrogant and narrow minded?[/quote]
Lets not start an Americans vs Europeans thread.
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Female 401
interesting..
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Female 606
doggy dog world LOL
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Female 837
^^^^ Are all Europeans this arrogant and narrow minded?
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Male 1,623
so... are all americans this stupid?
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Male 108
I never pronounced often like "often". I pronounced it with a silent t. I think it`s an american thing. To pronounce silent letters.
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Male 43
Too bad the people who really need this don`t read.
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Male 87
stupid list yeah.
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Male 1,407
I`m pretty sure most of these apply to retards only.
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Female 1,984
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Female 1,984
Actually, Mossoi, I found this:

“Spitting image” should be “spit and image.”
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the earlier form was "spitten image,” which may indeed have evolved from “spit and image.” It’s a crude figure of speech: someone else is enough like you to have been spat out by you, made of the very stuff of your body. In the early 20th century the spelling and pronunciation gradually shifted to the less logical “spitting image,” which is now standard. It’s too late to go back. There is no historical basis for the claim sometimes made that the original expression was “spirit and image.”

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Female 1,211
stupid list.
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Female 145
surprisingly interesting.
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Female 1,984
- I have to mention this. I quote: "I doubt we will get "snuck" out of the language any time soon but here is a reminder that it REALLY ISN`T A WORD".

It is TOO a word. You can spell it and pronounce it. It is a non-standard English word... but still a word, nonetheless.

This so-called "Dr. Language" doesn’t know all about the English language, now does he?

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Female 1,984
All right... I`ll put in my thoughts:
- I noticed that EVERY word on there (except two I’ll mention below) I regularly use, I pronounce correctly already.
- I even say the first "r" in "February".
- I`m glad "irregardless" was mentioned in the list.
- I never knew about not saying the "t" in "often". I actually would say a "d" in place of what should be a silent "t". Huh...
- The word "pronunciation" should not be pronounced as “pronounciation”. I, myself, am guilty of this. It is a forgivable mistake when taking into account how “pronounce” is spelled.
- A couple people I knew, who were black, said they never pronounced the first "r" in “library” either. They said, "libary".
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Male 65
Don`t believe everthing in this list:

http://www.answers.com/spitting+image&am...

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Male 108
Not funny, I odn`t like when people correct you. If they know what ur are TRYNG to say then that`s good enough...
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Male 458
Wow, I always pronounced often as often an not ofen.
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Male 379
that sure is taught i lots bout words!
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Male 522
I had like 5 that i say wrong all the time.. Not as smart as I thought I was...
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Male 109
I thought it was spitting image.... Spit and image? Hmm.
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Male 391
haha. i thought it was oldtimer`s for a while. then i saw a sign that had the word look like alzheimergs... or something of that matter
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Male 1,526
this idn`t funny....oh wait, ok a little
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Female 850
Ask. Ax. Ask. Ax. Ask. Ax.
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Male 10,115
Link: 100 most commonly mispronounced words [Rate Link] - You`re telling me it`s not Old Timer`s Disease? Warning: pop-up ad.
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