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10 Mispronunciations That Make You Sound Stupid

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Male, 18-29, Canada
 67 Posts
Monday, May 18, 2009 5:23:05 PM
they forgot all of the sudden

Male, 18-29, Canada
 25 Posts
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 6:13:14 PM
they need to include "really" -> "very"

Male, 18-29, Western US
 1115 Posts
Monday, August 11, 2008 3:17:49 PM
grammer nazis are horrendous. especially when their complaints are obscure. miss-chee-vee-ous for Life

Female, 13-17, Midwest US
 38 Posts
Sunday, August 10, 2008 5:07:26 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.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 4 Posts
Saturday, August 09, 2008 6:10:08 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.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 638 Posts
Saturday, August 09, 2008 4:27:07 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.

Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 1147 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 9:57:23 PM
only two make you look stupid the other 8 are just blah

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 9 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 9:22:10 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

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 9 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 9:13:38 PM
"ax" is actually the old english pronunciation of "asks" for the record.

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 761 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 6:59:54 PM
I'm going to add to these lists:


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

It's converse. Like the shoe.

Male, 13-17, Canada
 2402 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 6:12:42 PM
When people pronounce often with the t it kinda bugs me. >_>

Male, 13-17, Western US
 294 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 3:42:16 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!

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 43 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 2:58:24 PM
The author spelled "Y'all" wrong. It's Y'all not Ya'll.

What a moran. ;)

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 597 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 2:20:28 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

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 1183 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 12:09:30 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! =]

Male, 30-39, Australia
 279 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 11:43:52 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.)

Female, 13-17, Southern US
 461 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 11:42:24 AM
Oh and with mischievous, it only matters how you spell it, not how you pronounce it. It's a matter of opinion.

Female, 13-17, Southern US
 461 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 11:38:51 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.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 401 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 9:47:27 AM
Recur and reoccur are two different words but both ARE words. dumbass

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 521 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 9:26:49 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'

Male, 18-29, Western US
 3481 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 9:02:26 AM
Nothing I hate more than a grammar nazi.

Male, 13-17, Europe
 119 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 8:46:26 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.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 2543 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 8:24:57 AM
eddie izzard, yes?

you caught me :P

Female, 18-29, Western US
 448 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 8:20:40 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!

Female, 18-29, Western US
 448 Posts
Friday, August 08, 2008 8:12:46 AM
Wow, I didn't even realize I was misprounouncing "mischievous"!

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