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111 Responses to 10 Mispronunciations That Make You Sound Stupid

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    August 7, 2008 at 4:53 pm
    Link: 10 Mispronunciations That Make You Sound Stupid - People judge you by the way you pronounce things. Say a word incorrectly and POW—they’ve pegged you as an idiot.
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    Anyalazagna Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 8:39 pm
    Often, jewelry, and February don`t bother me at all. The others make me wants to strangle people.
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    gigglygiggle Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 8:41 pm
    Newculer.
    Often the reason why US needs an election.
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    Boadicea Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 8:41 pm
    Yeah I`m a total nazi for this stuff. But generally I don`t mention it to people because I don`t want to be obnoxious. But man, it seriously does affect how I think about people when they say stupid things like `ecscape` and crap like that.

    Yes, I`m a loser, but at least I can pronounce my words properly. Oh! And people who who say should OF instead of should HAVE-- I want to kick them all in the face.

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    unreedemed Male 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 8:43 pm
    HAHAHAH I ALREADY KNEW ABOUT ANYWAYS!

    I feel so proud. How many people have i told that too? and they thought i was crazy.

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    theguy91 Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 8:44 pm
    People like that piss me off. Is it really that hard to talk correctly? Really?
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 8:45 pm
    BUT IT`S LIKE A CRACKED ARTICLE!

    You know, the one where it talks about words that don`t exist...

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    smartbomb314 Male 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 8:46 pm
    well, "should of" and "should have" is just being tongue lazy, and i can accept that. it`s when "should of" is written that irks me! and when people add syllables to words... that`s just making more work for yourself all to make you sound uneducated. good fa you!
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    Sobii Female 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:06 pm
    im all for proper pronunciation and whatnot, but i think this is bordering grammar naziishness
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    techgeek07 Male 30-39
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:07 pm
    I`m pretty sure she`s wrong on the jewelry one. It`s joowolery (or something spelled phreneticaly like that).
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    theguy91 Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:08 pm
    I`m a grammar nazi. I will be the first to admit it.
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    75574 Female 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:08 pm
    It`s so hard to pronounce the d in `supposed to` and `used to.`
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    hampoofegg Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:10 pm
    Really who says nuclear in a manner that sounds as if you were raised in a farm in Georgia......sadly I live in the middle of Georgia, caught up in the ignorance and stupidity of this whole state.

    I knew all of these already, but the people around me can take the message and apply it to their everyday lives.

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    hampoofegg Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:11 pm
    Not to sound snobby, or more intelligent than everyone else, I just try to be grammatically correct to set an example for the others.
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    Asheren Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:13 pm
    Oh poo. February? WHATTHE!?
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    Doodally Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:13 pm
    If you don`t like mispronunciations, don`t move to North Carolina.

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    techgeek07 Male 30-39
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:14 pm
    ^^ Unless you have something for dropping "r`s", than you should pretty much stay out of Boston, too.
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    obesepig Female 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:17 pm
    I know there`s an `r` in February, but I still pronounce it Febuary. It just sounds better to me. I also hate people who, instead of saying "ironic" and "disoriented", they say "ironical" and "disorientated". They`re not even words!
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    Elvi739 Female 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:18 pm
    I must admit I mispronounce jewelry..

    Im disappointed.

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    Midas-Method Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:18 pm
    It`s all fine except for the `often` part. Look anywhere and it will tell you `off un` or `off tun.`
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    SmoyBuddy1 Female 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:19 pm
    Should have/should of is really hard to tell apart in speach.Same with used to/use to and supposed to/suppose to.
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    S4r4h_Pwn4g3 Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:22 pm
    Uhh...well..I have a problem saying most words...I`ll admit it. So when people can`t say things properly it makes me feel a little better. It`s not like I am stupid or anything or have a "lazy tongue" I just can`t say some things properly.
    There is one thing I can`t stand though, is people that use "shortcuts" when typing..stuff like "2" instead of typing to or too. Yeah, That`s annoying :P
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    MYCHEMGIRL Female 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:25 pm
    what about the people that say irregardless?
    its regardless(sp?)
    and, the `t` in often is silent?
    i did not know that.
    ah well. i do now.
    :D

    also, im a grammar nazi.
    always have been.
    kinda like in 1st grade i had a friend that said the color yellow as `lellow`.and all the time id be all, "ITS YELLOW IDIOT!"
    but, i always got golden stars for it.
    :)

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    HorsesRule Female 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:25 pm
    im guilty to all or most of those words

    dont blame me, blame texas

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    MYCHEMGIRL Female 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:27 pm


    UNITE!
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:28 pm
    "dont blame me, blame texas"

    That needs to be on a shirt.

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    deathxtra Male 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:28 pm
    i knew all of these! people thought i was crazy. IM NOT CRAZY! :-/
  28. Profile photo of HorsesRule
    HorsesRule Female 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:31 pm
    totally un-related

    i went to alberquerque (nvm spelling)
    and expected to find a shirt with bugs bunny on it sayin i shouldve taken that left turn at alburqurque

    but couldnt.

    just thought id share dat wit yall

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    HorsesRule Female 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:32 pm
    jk, i dont say yall, but im gonna start if i evr get into a texas college
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    ambercooper Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:34 pm
    Wow...did I somehow make this list and not know it? I am a totally grammar nazi. The one I hate the most is when people say fustrating instead of fRustrating...it makes me, well, frustrated. :P
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    BrokenJohn Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:36 pm
    Jewellery pronounced with two syllables is an Americanism, so you can`t class it as a mistake. Often watching American programmes, I hear people pronouncing words such as "internet" as "in-er-net" and "often" as "of-on". Isn`t that incorrect?
  32. Profile photo of HorsesRule
    HorsesRule Female 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:37 pm
    when did ya post it?

    i submitted like 5

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    smartbomb314 Male 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:48 pm
    if you must have each and every one of your t`s intact, i sugges you stay ou of vermon`!

    we throw more than have of um ou the window!

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    yaimhere Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:50 pm
    I don`t think as many people say "should of" as people here are saying. I think really people are saying should`ve, so they aren`t really using it incorrectly. Also, people shouldn`t be so up-tight about grammar and pronouciation, it`s how language develops over time. So long as the meaning is understood, there really isn`t much of a problem. It`s actually pretty natural.
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    Hammer_Hawk Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:54 pm
    And people who say "liberry" should be shot.
  36. Profile photo of WTFGirl
    WTFGirl Female 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:58 pm
    Ugh, I`m such a grammar nazi, the one that gets me is the wrong your/you`re.
  37. Profile photo of Boadicea
    Boadicea Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 9:59 pm
    Yeah the whole problem with getting lazy and ignorant about proper grammar though is that it`s not `developing` the language. It`s killing it.
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    tourettes Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 10:07 pm
    I`ve seen bad grammer nazism but this is among the worst. I`ll give an example. Miss-chee-vee-ous has always been the vastly preferred pronunciation. I have rarely heard the other pronunciation. I can`t stand people who actually think people are "stupid" just based on pronunciation. It doesn`t matter- it never has. Grammer Nazis have always been repugnant but this is a new level. That article is an Auschwitz of Grammer Nazism. The author is an irredeemable pig. 2 rules about the English language- if alot of people do it, it is acceptable. If it is common, it is acceptable. We have enough judgement in the world; can`t we forego this minor bull over GRAMMAR and pronunciation? Yes, I say Nu-clear but nu-cu-lur is now also acceptable. so what? live and let live.
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    shortsagitar Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 10:12 pm
    ok im from texas and im a total grammar nazi... i hate it when people say alot not a lot... or when they say i dont feel good. (ITS WELL DARN YOU!) ... most of those i pronouce correctlty but off-un? omg no
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    DorisDahmer Male 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 10:17 pm
    I blame mispronouncations on GTA...i heard they speak uncorrectly oFten.
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    Lt_Skittles Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 10:24 pm
    it`s nuclear the s is silent
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    MapleFr3ak Male 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 10:30 pm
    "Supposed to" and "used to" shouldn`t even be on the list. That`s just human nature, you can`t split the D and the T because it`s like the same tongue formation.
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    Sirugel Male 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 10:34 pm
    This bugs me just as much as people who say things like "give me it" or "ill get you it" OR" Ill give you it" etc etc.
    Makes me want strangle them.
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    TruJuggalo Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 10:36 pm
    i love that i dun kare about grammer i meen theres like no point to spelling and pronunciating things right or wrong as long as i understand what your sayin im cool.

    and if i pissed any nazi off my job here is done.

    seriously theres no need to get at someone for pronouncing something wrong or spelling something wrong, especially if there life style doesn`t permit them to need to sound educated. If your(`re i know but whatev) so damn upset over pronunciation or spelling then go somewhere that cares for that. But if you stop by a gas station and get angry at a clerk what the drat is your problem theres no need for a gas station attendee to sound proper.

    sorry i just hate grammar nazis

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    Bekll Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 10:56 pm
    "I`m pretty sure she`s wrong on the jewelry one. It`s joowolery (or something spelled phreneticaly like that)."

    You are correct.

    Jewelry is pronounced as JOO-wuul-ree, not JOO-luh-ree OR JOOL-ree. It takes three syllables, not two.

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    Bekll Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 11:06 pm
    Also, technically, the word "often" is now accepted pronounced with the "t" and without.
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    jebler Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 11:09 pm
    whats makes something a word or not a word is if you can say it and have someone else understand it without explination of its meaning. a bunch of old rules dont decide what is and isnt a word. no person decides what a word is or isnt a rule. a words meaning can also change if one person can use a existing word in a new way and another person can understand the new meaning without explanation that same word now has a new meaning. i can go across the room throw marbles at the keyboard till something that is pronounceable is produced tell my sister the meaning i make up on the spot and then its a word because i can use it and communicate its newly created meaning to my sister without explanation. the pronunciation of a word is a matter of how you learned as a child or for less common words how you decide to say it. if these things never changed we wouldnt be able to communicate at all today with english speaking people 500 years ago.
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    hissthis Male 30-39
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    August 7, 2008 at 11:11 pm
    The one that drives me nuts didn`t make the list. People who say eXpresso. There is no `X` in esspresso. If you are going to say eXpresso... Just order coffee.
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    spongamabob Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 11:23 pm
    wow. haha. i would probably piss this woman off alot.
  50. Profile photo of Bekll
    Bekll Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 11:25 pm
    I have another note: Supposably, anyways and reoccur are words. They are non-standard WORDS.


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    wcclark Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 11:30 pm
    Look, I`m all for proper grammar and pronunciation...

    But there`s a point where you`re just being an anal ass.

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    jebler Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 11:31 pm
    i take that back. if language didnt change over time we would be hairless apes with means of denying it like we do now. if language cant change it cant develop in the first place. intelligence is wasted without language. without language i dont imagine math could develop beyond the vary basics and that would be at random. without advanced mathematics we are infinitely screwed as a species that believes itself to be something more of better then other animals.

    if most people leave the r out of february i say its not that everyone is wrong but that you are clinging to the past and the word as many do all the time has changed as time passes. we have a lot of access to historic records and access to people all around the world so we in this day are better able to notice things like word usage and pronunciation changing. all that means is we can if we want study the ways it changes not that some douche bag 200 years ago sets the rules for how i speak.
  53. Profile photo of Dextrine
    Dextrine Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 11:53 pm
    Yay, I pronounce them all correctly!
  54. Profile photo of Marce
    Marce Female 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 11:54 pm
    I used to live in Miami.
    People there tend to make up their own pronunciations.
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    ducksauce Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2008 at 11:56 pm
    i know some linguists who would love to open a can of whoop-ass on this lady. variations in dialect are natural in the process of language evolution. not to mention, the world would be incredibly boring if we all spoke the same dialect.

    i have a philadelphian accent and i don`t critize the rest of the country for not being able to say merry/marry/mary or cot/caught differently (although it`s amusing to try and get midwesterners to say "caught" my way...they can`t do it and instead make a really funny face).

    i`m hoping this article`s a joke, and if not, the author is extremely ignorant.

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    Apple_18 Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:08 am
    heres the one i hate the most right now. "man".

    how hard is it to say "man"? i cant stand it when i hear "what up, maine" instead of "what up, man"

    idk. it just annoys the hell out of me.

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    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:33 am
    yeah thats a too much work. I dont even say what, the t is not necessary
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    JUGGALETTEx0 Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:35 am
    I know a lot of people who say li-berry instead of li-brary...it`s drating obnixous...and my father says flustrated instead of frustrated god...
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    kikij Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:37 am
    but in britain we spell it jewellery so it would have three syllables but these aren`t really thing Brits get wrong, I`m sure we have our own but we don`t really do any of those things.

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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:38 am
    There were a lot more that could be added to that list, such as:

    `Goverment` instead of `Government`
    `Libary` instead of `Library`
    or even that popular...
    `Prolly` instead of `Probably`

    Most of these common mistakes, which definitely *do* make you sound like an idiotic moron, come from a basic misunderstanding of the language. Let`s face it, you`d have to be fairly stupid to (a) only speak one language and (b) not to be able to speak even that language correctly.

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    gigglygiggle Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 1:41 am
    Add `Dunno` instead of `Don`t know`
    Is `t` even that hard to say?
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    Pam_xox Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 1:46 am
    I actually challenge how many of you speak true queens english. If you have any sort of an accent that deviates from this you are `miss pronuncing` words.
    Incorrect spelling does annoy me, but that won`t stop me from going to America.
    Get over it!!
  63. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    August 8, 2008 at 1:57 am
    > I actually challenge how many of you speak true queens english.
    > If you have any sort of an accent that deviates from this you are
    > `miss pronuncing` words. Incorrect spelling does annoy me, but
    > that won`t stop me from going to America.

    Should be...
    I (no `actually` - its tautologous) challenge all of you *or* I query how many of you speak *the* Queen`s English. If you have any *type* of accent *which* deviates from *that* *then* you are `mispronouncing` words. Incorrect spelling *annoys* me but that won`t stop me *travelling* to America.

    For the record: 12 errors in one short paragraph. I believe that speaks for itself...

  64. Profile photo of dragonshadoz
    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 2:09 am
    Sweet. I read the words correctly. I be smarts.
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    h0ax_d3m0n Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 2:21 am
    And last but not least, my personal all-time pet peeve — the word often. It should be pronounced OFF un, not OFF tun. The t is silent...

    maybe in the us...but then again you think the H is silent in Herbs....

    Theres a fking H in it....say it....thank you :)

  66. Profile photo of TheVile
    TheVile Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 2:54 am
    Some people can`t pronounce words correctly. It isn`t because there stupid, its because they where raised to say it incorrectly or they have some kind of speech impediment. And, it isn`t going to hurt you to hear a word incorrectly a few times.
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    WolfStar Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:19 am
    The one I hate most is when people say `Pro-NOUN-ciate`. It`s `Pro-NUN-ciate`. Some of those annoy me, but then they`re really only pronounced like that in America. We Brits have our own set of irritating mispronunciations.
    I`m not a total nazi about it though. Dropping the odd letter or being lazy and running words together is something everybody does. Actually writing words that way is another matter.
  68. Profile photo of Pabasa
    Pabasa Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:26 am
    Oh hell yes Mychemgirl. Where do I sign up?

    And who`s dumb enough to mess up Jool-rey?

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    minjofu Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:55 am
    It`s a good thing that there`s only one way to pro-nounce "p r i c k" or I`d look really stupid right now..
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    Hansbo Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 4:22 am
    #3: Jewelry

    According to merriam webster (www.m-w.com), it IS pronounced with three syllables.

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    goregina Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 4:40 am
    that woman would probably slaughter me if she met me, but then again the way i talk is regional...i think.
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    Vimto Male 40-49
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    August 8, 2008 at 5:19 am
    "#3: Jewelry According to merriam webster (www.m-w.com), it IS pronounced with three syllables."

    The reason it is pronounced with three syllables is because it is spelt jewellery not jewelry, as my spell checker in Firefox has just proven.

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    meganfallen Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 5:48 am
    I`m a grammar nazi myself but I won`t get on a persons case if they say something wrong unless it`s completely rediculous. I do it too, I say "winder" instead of "winter"(my grandpa was PA dutch) and my friend gets on me about it all the time.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 8, 2008 at 6:29 am
    "And last but not least, my personal all-time pet peeve — the word often. The T is silent"

    I beg to differ. You c*nt.

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    itsallfake Male 30-39
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    August 8, 2008 at 6:49 am
    For me, the nails on the chalkboard are the following:
    Jewelry = jewry
    Ask = ax
    People = peepo or peepos
    specific = pacific
    heard = heerd

    The reason proper pronounciation is important is to ensure the advancement of our society. If you begin sounding lazy and stupid, then you will be percieved as lazy and stupid. If you say that it doesn`t matter, then you are simlpy enabling the degeneration of society into a primitive culture where communication will be pointing and grunting. Personally i think we should be advancing our language, and making new words that sound intelligent (unlike crunk whatever the drat that means).

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    itsallfake Male 30-39
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    August 8, 2008 at 6:53 am
    oh and my response to "Lemme ax you somfin" is usually "Let me saw you off an anwer", which usually makes them correct themselves without getting upset. If you tell them, "sure you and AS-K me a question" then they get defensive and you`ll likely start a fight.
  77. Profile photo of Marce
    Marce Female 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 7:08 am
    See.
    I`ve never been able to pronounce the work ask unless I choose to sound idiotic and do it in a pooty version of an english accent- I don`t care, people get what I`m saying.

    h0ax_d3m0n-
    eddie izzard, yes?

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    buttersisluv Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 7:28 am
    They forgot colonal and macabre.
    Those are tough.
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    BlackiPod Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 7:41 am
    Ok you got me on number 10 - but thats it. I was surprised that the word "ask" wasn`t on there. So many people say "axe" ... (yeah, Im talking to you black guy)
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    alice_x Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 7:45 am
    some of these are a bit harsh, i always pronounce it !suppose" instead of supposed.. its just the way i talk.
    you still know what i mean whats the big drating deal.
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    alice_x Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 7:46 am
    saying "pacific" instead of "specific" kinda ticks me off though... but thats just retarded
  82. Profile photo of iwcu
    iwcu Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 8:00 am
    One that annoys me is "aluminium" I know it`s not a mispronunciation, just a country dialect, but still "aloo-min-um" just annoys me for some reason. I say `Al-um-in-ium` as in, the way it`s spelled :)
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    stonewar Female 30-39
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    August 8, 2008 at 8:01 am
    OFten.. you take americans to task about dropping the T in Often, When there is a scene in Pirates of PEnzance that goes "do you mean offen - a child who has lost his parent or offen - frequequently."
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    sifl Male 18-29
    121 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 8:08 am
    Icwu, it`s not spelled aluminium. It`s aluminum.

    I hate when people say "labtop". What? Where the hell did that come from? It`s a damn LAPtop, idiots.

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    idolmonkey Female 18-29
    330 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 8:11 am
    For the "often"... I`ve looked it up in a dictionary before of a minor debate, and it said "often" can be pronounced either way.
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    sifl Male 18-29
    121 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 8:11 am
    Oops. I made an arrogant American mistake... I guess it is aluminium to everyone but us. We just have to be unique... USA! USA!
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    flippant Female 18-29
    447 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 8:12 am
    Wow, I didn`t even realize I was misprounouncing "mischievous"!
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    flippant Female 18-29
    447 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 8:20 am
    Okay, here`s my pet peeve: "Irregardless". My boss says it all the freakin` time and every time she does it, I just want to slam her ignorant head into the table. The word is "regardless"! Adding an extra syllable to your words does NOT make you look smarter!
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    h0ax_d3m0n Male 18-29
    2513 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 8:24 am
    h0ax_d3m0n-
    eddie izzard, yes?

    you caught me :P

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    sponjman07 Male 13-17
    109 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 8:46 am
    I`m more of a spelling nazi. Those words in the list are purely based on regional dialect. In this case, a certain part of America. In other Anglophone countries and areas, words are pronounced differently.
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    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
    3301 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 9:02 am
    Nothing I hate more than a grammar nazi.
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    admisaok Male 18-29
    516 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 9:26 am
    One that annoys me is "aluminium" I know it`s not a mispronunciation, just a country dialect, but still "aloo-min-um" just annoys me for some reason. I say `Al-um-in-ium` as in, the way it`s spelled :)
    ___________________________________________________

    it`s not spelled "aluminium"

    well at least not in america. it`s "aluminum"

    so it`s not really our fault that we pronounce it the way it`s spelled for us

    i would probably laugh at anyone i knew if they pronounced it `Al-um-in-ium`

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    TheNineXXX Male 18-29
    395 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 9:47 am
    Recur and reoccur are two different words but both ARE words. dumbass
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    jenneh Female 13-17
    460 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 11:38 am
    Well gee, I`m glad I`m not so stupid as to mispronounce `non-nice individual`! >.>

    But really, this woman is ignorant...
    She needs to stop acting like she knows everything about the hardest and most confusing language in the world. Most of the examples are regional pronunciations.


    Joo-wel-ry OR jool-ry (phonetically) are both correct. Some people pronounce `jewel` as joo-wul and some people pronounce it as just jool. Henceforth, they are both correct.

    Just like mischievous.. Both pronunciations are correct, depending on where you live.

    Recur and reoccur are both words.

    She also does not know how to spell `y`all`, even though it`s not a `real` word. Spelling it ya`ll is incorrect because it is an abbrieviation for you all.

    Show me your degree for the english language, then maybe I`ll take your opinion into consideration.

    Until then, she`s just someone else trying to force her opinions on someone else, whether they are correct or not.

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    jenneh Female 13-17
    460 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 11:42 am
    Oh and with mischievous, it only matters how you spell it, not how you pronounce it. It`s a matter of opinion.
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    buttersrules Male 40-49
    367 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 11:43 am
    Most of these `errors` are not errors at all, but are related to regional dialects. (and that doesn`t just apply to the US, but also to Aust, nz, canadza, and the UK itself).
    There are some that are, in fact, errors, having nothing to do with regional dialect. Eg, nucular instead of nuclear, because the letters are completely around the wrong way. There is a big difference between saying something differently due to regionality, and saying something wrong.
    So with the word "bringing", a Scouser will use a hard `g` sound instead of a soft g sound. As annoying as it is, it is not incorrect, as the g is, in fact, meant to be pronounced.
    Apologies to any Scousers taking offence to this. (for the non british out there, Scousers come from Liverpool. Like the Beatles.)
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    Gerbear Female 18-29
    1186 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 12:09 pm
    i don`t care what anyone says, i`m saying my words how i want to
    and if some ladies says otherwise, screw her!
    but the "often" i have to, unfortunately, agree with
    i freakin` HATE IT when people say OFF TUN
    the t`s silent, people!
    now i sound like a hypocrite
    oh well! =]
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    Ohnjaynb Male 18-29
    592 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 2:20 pm
    First of all, there is no special authority on the English language, so as long as you understand what someone is trying to convey, then it aint not right.

    Also, the pronunciation of these words is open to interpretation, and the words may vary regionally with the local accent. One could argue that tomato should be pronounced, "toe-MATE-oh" or possibly, "toe-MOT-oh" or even "toe-MAT-oh" The words that particularly burn me are words like "realtor" Yes, there is no extra syllable in the word, but the reason it is pronounced, "realuhtor" is because of the awkwardness of pronouncing two consonants back to back. The same goes for "jewelry" This is not some grand dulling of the senses, this is a matter of accent and personal preference, and if you start trying to find errors in that then you will find that everyone is wrong at some point.

    There are some words that really make people look dumb and irritate most listeners. It`s a

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    mago Male 18-29
    41 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 2:58 pm
    The author spelled "Y`all" wrong. It`s Y`all not Ya`ll.

    What a moran. ;)

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    kurdizzzz Male 13-17
    298 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 3:42 pm
    screw this. i think words should be pronounced whatever way is easiest, as long as people understand it. guess what, language is not set in stone! it changes over time! WHAT A NOVELTY!
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    luckyse7en Male 13-17
    2397 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm
    When people pronounce often with the t it kinda bugs me. >_>
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    astridhaze Female 18-29
    738 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 6:59 pm
    I`m going to add to these lists:

    converse/conversate.

    Conversate is not a word, and people who use it irritate me.

    It`s converse. Like the shoe.

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    ducksauce Female 18-29
    9 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 9:13 pm
    "ax" is actually the old english pronunciation of "asks" for the record.
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    ducksauce Female 18-29
    9 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 9:22 pm
    here is a link. i couldn`t find a scholarly source because i`m off campus and don`t have database access, but i assure you they exist and are quite interesting. i recommend lippi-green if you`re interested.

    aks/ax vs. asks

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    eggsnham Male 13-17
    1140 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 9:57 pm
    only two make you look stupid the other 8 are just blah
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    Mouichi Male 18-29
    637 posts
    August 9, 2008 at 4:27 am
    Irregardless -is- a word, to whomever said it wasn`t. Its meaning is debated, but generally accepted as being a combination of irrespective and regardless, to emphasize something being of little regard. Grammar sometimes bugs me, but only in cases where the meaning isn`t clear. One thing that really bugs me are people who try to pass of their trivial rules as what should be other`s, and don`t spend five seconds looking in a dictionary to back themselves up. Also, I caught Hoax`s Eddie Izzard reference. It made me laugh.
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    File13 Male 18-29
    4 posts
    August 9, 2008 at 6:10 am
    I love a self-proclaimed "grammar nazi" who doesn`t capitalize Nazi. It`s a proper noun and therefore receives the capital.

    As for the article, it can take its prescriptivist ideas and shove them. Everyone has pet peeves about words, but, hey, language is fluid. The world won`t end if someone pronounces a word differently than you do.

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    chendel Female 13-17
    38 posts
    August 10, 2008 at 5:07 pm
    i can`t help but think of steinbrenner on seinfeld referring to february, "what is this `ru`??" luckily i don`t make any of these mistakes...anyways.
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    tourettes Male 18-29
    957 posts
    August 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm
    grammer nazis are horrendous. especially when their complaints are obscure. miss-chee-vee-ous for Life
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    LLord Male 18-29
    26 posts
    August 12, 2008 at 6:13 pm
    they need to include "really" -> "very"
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    killgore2100 Male 18-29
    67 posts
    May 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm
    they forgot all of the sudden

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