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2012-12-22 10:53:01 AM  
redheadedslut: "my grandpa says "tunda and light-nin" and "A-rab" :)

/french canadian"

My ex's family in detroit say eh-rab too, which sounds like an insult to me (and they probly mean it as one). But that's not far from french canadia, rite?
2012-12-22 10:53:50 AM  

Thunderboy: stu1-1: Thunderboy: I run into the mispronunciation of "phenomenon" (pronounced "phenomena") a lot - most recently by a Harvard graduate.

phenomenon = singular
phenomena = plural

Dayglo Brown:

"Phenomena" is the plural form of "phenomenon".

Yes. And that's why pronouncing "phenomenon" as "phenomena" is incorrect. Gold stars for both of you!

They used the wrong word not mispronounced the right word.

It's like saying somebody mispronounced the word "car" by saying "truck."
2012-12-22 10:59:03 AM  
I seem to have issues with epitome. I pronounce it epa-tome (like a book).

My ex couldn't say inevitable correctly. He said "in-a-vie-tubble"

hubby is british and uses V in place of th in words like mother and brother, but can say the th fine for father or rather
/i think everybody has at least one or two words that give them trouble.
2012-12-22 10:59:15 AM  

CujoQuarrel: Fronk-n-steen

2012-12-22 11:01:03 AM  
My neighbor asked to borrow my furniture dollies last night to help move something. Of course since he has had people point out a problem with his pronunciation he felt he needed to rephrase it a few times to make sure he was understood.

"Hey man, can I borrow your dollies, I've got to move a wallboard over some nihnoleum. You know, I don't want to scratch the nihnoleum. Because the kitchen has aninoleum floors. Even though we're going to remove the nihnoleum soon, we don't want to have scratches in the nihnoleum until we can get some new nihnoleum."
2012-12-22 11:01:24 AM  

Another Government Employee: tonguedepressor: I can never pronounce "ask" it always comes out "axed".

That paints a picture to be sure.

Yes, a dark one indeed.
2012-12-22 11:03:41 AM  

Marmilman: how the fark did "York" ever have three syllables? I can't imagine how it must have been pronounced.


Or something similiar, I'm guessing. Like how some folks pronounce "fire" as "fahr", when it should be "fi-er", I bet early english had a different rule for that middle 'O' sound in York.
2012-12-22 11:06:04 AM  
Headline of the year. Most definitely (even though there's only a handful of days yet)
2012-12-22 11:06:34 AM  

Forbidden Doughnut: thisispete: Oh, and it's La-bor-a-tory, not Lab-ra-tree

I (mis)pronounce that as "Lab-ra-tory"...

Me too...
2012-12-22 11:06:39 AM  
None of you can pronounce Pasteurized properly, so there. I've run rings round you logically.
2012-12-22 11:10:23 AM  

Teela: Realtor - reel a tor
Supposedly - supposably


total peev...

remember - member
2012-12-22 11:10:37 AM  
If your from Pittsburg there are a ton of words that are pronounced wrong. If someone asks "Jeet yet?" the answer is "No, Jew?"
/I probly can't go, I have to red up my house.
2012-12-22 11:11:14 AM  

buckler: weiner dog: pedobearapproved: people that say "fusstrating" for "frustrating" make me want to shoot an endangered creature in the middle of it mating....right before the little critter climaxes.

My Mom says that. Fusstrates. It sucks because it makes her seem less intelligent than she really is; she's a smart and incredibly creative person. I think mispronunciations like these could be a holdover from childhood; I doubt she was corrected on it. Some parents think things like that are "cute". My ex-boyfriend's Mom didn't seek out therapy after my ex developed a lisp due to smacking his mouth when he was a toddler. Developmental complications from injuries are just adorable!

I had a kid whose speech was all kind of farked up at six, because his mom thought his mispronunciations were 'cute'. He made some really bizarre sound substitutions. When he asked for a drink, he'd say "I bant a sink of bawter." It took him years to overcome it.

My daugheter had issues with words beginning with vowel sounds when she was a toddler. She would borrow a consonant from the middle of the word to stick at the start, thus elbow became belbow, ernie was nernie and so on. She also had a hint of elmer fuddism going on then, but luckily grew out of both, despite being tongue-tied. (she can't stick her tongue out hardly at all even now. Something to do with the ligament)
2012-12-22 11:13:18 AM  

othmar: you know if i had a big box of crayons and some poster board, i could make the perfect graph and then recreate it on etch a sketch to prove my point.

but that is way to much work for me to do right now.

2012-12-22 11:13:29 AM  

Mouser: Swiss Colony: Orient and orientate have different meanings. Disoriented would surely mean to be removed from the Orient. Disorientated is to have lost ones bearings

"Orientate" is an improper word formation, and its use should be discouraged.

The problem stems from the ability in English to convert verbs into nouns and vice-versa. The proper verb-form is "orient", and its corresponding noun-form is "orientation". People sometimes take "orientation" and mistakenly assume that its verb-form is "orientate".

No, both uses acceptable according to OED, 150 year tradition of orientate, like many things this is a case of Americans and English being separated by a common language.
2012-12-22 11:13:30 AM  
I once suffered through a long joke about a "camoo", waiting for the punchline to explain what a camoo was. After polite laughter I had to whisper to my friend, who seemed to have picked up on the joke.

Me: "So, do you know what the camoo is suppose to be?"
Farker: "You don't know what a camel is?"
Me: "Oh! A camel. Ha! Why didn't he say camel?"
Farker: "He did. The whole joke was about a camel."
Me: "No. He didn't say camel, he said camoo. Didn't you hear him?"
Farker: "He was talking about a camel. What the hell is a camoo?"
Me: "That's what I'm saying. What the hell is a camoo?"
2012-12-22 11:14:24 AM  

oryx: Alassra: Western Pennsylvania home of :

Wash = Warsh
Dahn Tahn = Downtown
Gint = Giant

Pittsburghese is a plague on the English language.

What do you expect from people who can't even pronounce the name of their city correctly? Pittsburgh has 3 other pronunciations that I hear. Picks-burgh, Picks-bird, and Piss-burgh.

Ged aht! Yinz are all jag-offs.
2012-12-22 11:14:31 AM  

dopekitty74: buckler: weiner dog: pedobearapproved:

My daugheter

yes...of course it is....
2012-12-22 11:19:04 AM  
I used to have license plates with MNA-MNA, so I'm getting a kick, etc.

I have real trouble pronouncing anonymity. In my head, I hear it correctly, I know how to say it. When it comes out, though, its a garbled mess.
2012-12-22 11:19:05 AM  

calbert: for those who don't get it:

[ image 300x220]

Sandra Bullock

fyi, those creatures are called Snowths.

/pretty dumb headline, quite a stretch for lame pay-off.


Actually, it's more about the original.
2012-12-22 11:23:30 AM  

LDM90: Stop saying "an historical". I'm sure you think you sound more intelligent, but you sound like you don't know h isn't a vowel.

correct grammar law is that if the "h" is silent, use "an". if the "h" is sounded, such as in the word "hotel", use "a"...
2012-12-22 11:28:48 AM  

ruta: Swiss Colony: Orient and orientate have different meanings. Disoriented would surely mean to be removed from the Orient. Disorientated is to have lost ones bearings

They both mean the same thing. "Orient" is American and "orientate" is British and sounds stupid (and I say this as a colonist of British descent). I'm not "orientateering" when I'm using a compass to navigate. "Orient" as in "to find your bearings" comes from the the Middle Ages, when maps were oriented with east at the top. Churches were also oriented with the altar to the east/rising sun. To say something is "easted" when pointed to the east makes more sense to me than "eastatated", which sounds like a verbal avalanche of derp.

Or imagine "occident" (west) as a verb. "Occidentated". Gah!

I say oriented, but don't cringe at orientated. Even though seemingly all Americans accept "orientation" as an appropriate word, orientate is more viable. Technically, by your own words, saying oriented means specfically related to the east, and that's not how we use it.
2012-12-22 11:29:58 AM  

santadog: calbert: for those who don't get it:

[ image 300x220]

Sandra Bullock

fyi, those creatures are called Snowths.

/pretty dumb headline, quite a stretch for lame pay-off.


Actually, it's more about the original.

yes. which was already linked to prior to my posting. my link was to their own evolution/inside joke about it. even if subby was aware or not.

and this headline has been done here many times before, so no points or dick sucking for subby.
but everybody goes apesh*t over the same repeated headlines over and over.
time stands still here.
2012-12-22 11:30:33 AM  

Avenger: Phenomenon reminds me a lot more of this (for good or for bad)

Funk Phenomenon

2012-12-22 11:37:52 AM  

DeerNuts: Swiss Colony: What gets me all stabby is people who insist on using 'I' when they should use 'me'.

Over-correction. Parents and teachers chide children who misuse "me" so much that people grow up afraid to use it, even in cases where it would be correct.

I can't even think of the last time I heard "myself" used correctly.

Correct: I pleasured myself this morning.

Incorrect: Your mom blew the pool boy and myself this morning.

While I agree that this one is annoying it's not a pronunciation problem. Stick to the issue at hand people!

Chi-pol-tay is the scourge of our existence thanks to the chain restaurant expanding. I saw an episode of some food show on the Food Network one day where they interviewed a lady that kept saying "chi-pol-tay." I wanted to punch the TV so much...
2012-12-22 11:39:19 AM  
Phenomenon, remuneration and statistics

ethnicity, hereditary and particularly

conjugal, specific, processes and development
Brits can't pronounce Greek and Latin correctly. Film at eleventy.

/I mean
///forgive me
2012-12-22 11:41:43 AM  

ElizaDoolittle: I am always amazed at the number of words I mispronounce. I think it's because most of my vocabulary comes from reading rather than hearing. howjsay scares me.

I have the same problem. Place names are hard too, especially when you get all those foreign influences. I had to write down what sounded like "Lake Ponderay" once. I'd never heard of it, even though it's not that far away, and as the person told me snippily, "It's the biggest lake in Idaho!"

It's spelled Lake Pend Oreille. Now who the fark would know how to spell that? (The person who was correcting me didn't know how to spell it either.)
2012-12-22 11:43:18 AM  
the two that drive me nuts, along with the usual suspect (the mangling of orient, and oriented) are

"ambleeance" for ambulance, and
"somewheres", for somewhere.
2012-12-22 11:54:11 AM  
2012-12-22 11:57:34 AM  

Trixie212: People who say conversate instead of converse make me want to smash my head through a wall.

Sounds like a Bushism to me... ( eg. misunderestimate )
2012-12-22 12:02:44 PM  

omeganuepsilon: o'really: I cannot for the life of me say "arnold palmer". I sound like the governator when I attempt it.

I can say arnold. Palmer has a trick, you start the "L" sound and give up half way through. You do it slow it sounds like W, but when you let it roll out it sounds right.

It like dropping a T partially off of a word. Damni(t). It's not quite a silent T, it's a half T. Not quite enunciated T like titty.
Comes from how we normalize a vowel sound after T. People who take speech class to do it "correctly" seemingly always end up enunciating a "whole" T, to include a "tuh" or "tah" sound at the end that makes them sound ridiculous.

My last name is Palmer. It's pronounced pall-mur, though i've heard some canadian hick types pronounce it par-mur.
2012-12-22 12:03:58 PM  
Gyro. It was always Jie-Row until some foreigners co-opted the word with their pretentiously sophisticated sandwich and insisted we change the word to Yeeee rdohhh with some cheesy accent to appease them. Order a freakin Jie-Row from them and watch their reaction!
2012-12-22 12:06:03 PM  
90% of this thread: "You don't pronounce ___ the way I was taught it so YOU ARE WRONG"
2012-12-22 12:12:17 PM  
all this mispronunciations stuff ...

it's somethin like a phenomenon ...

/what i got stuck in my head from the headline
//i dont mind ego trippin one bit
2012-12-22 12:15:58 PM  

Thunderboy: I run into the mispronunciation of "phenomenon" (pronounced "phenomena") a lot - most recently by a Harvard graduate.

eh? Phenomena is the plural, phenomenon the singular. I don't understand what you are saying ... that he misuses the plural?
2012-12-22 12:20:42 PM  

yourmomlovestetris: Lately I've heard people pronouncing the word "saccharine" with a "ch as in chair" sound. I've also heard people say the word "prevalent" as "pre-VAY-lent", not "PREH-va-lent". Have these alternate ways to pronounce these words always existed or are these just instances of clueless internet folks trying to use words they've only read and not heard before?

One of my personal word pet peeves are people who use the word "disorientated" instead of "disoriented". Why add the extra syllable? It seems like just a waste. It's irritating...

A quick google search tells me that disorientated is BRITISH english, whereas (I assume) disoriented is american. I wondered because I grew up hearing and seeing disorientated - and I am a Brit.
2012-12-22 12:31:13 PM  

redheadedslut: katerbug72: For some reason both my step-father and father in law pronounce batteries as bat-trees. Drives me nuts!

my grandpa says "tunda and light-nin" and "A-rab" :)

/french canadian

Omg, the french just can't say the th sound at all.

One, two, tree, four.
2012-12-22 12:43:26 PM  

ItchyBrother: tirob:
Doesn't bother me. A lot of people in the US (including me) pronounce "winter" as "winner," "counter" as "counner," etc.

Oh, and THAT bothers the hell outta me, too.

Stoopid monkeys

Around here, if you pronounce the t in "winter" too carefully, it sound like an affectation. We ain't no dumber here than anywhere else, I assure you.
2012-12-22 12:43:48 PM  
we have a nurse who is probably one of the best hospice nurses I know and I'd love to get into her pants so I don't say anything, but I stilll cringe every time she says

DEMEN TEE A instead of pronouncing it as DEMENTCHA

What really pisses me off is when YOU farkers spell out beyotch or BIATCH instead of just typing the farking word as it is meant to be spelled: BITSH

Get a brane yu morans
2012-12-22 12:46:13 PM  
Oh yeah and the word is HYDROCODONE, not Hydrocodeine..there is no farking hydrocodeine you farkeads
2012-12-22 12:52:12 PM  

Teela: Realtor - reel a tor
Supposedly - supposably

Or worse: supposively
2012-12-22 12:56:52 PM  
I took a very small seminar course in grad school about teaching at the college level (total waste of time). There was a woman there who not only used the word "antidote" instead of "anecdote", but she managed to find a way to work the incorrect usage into conversation every single week.
2012-12-22 12:59:32 PM  
archetype. i hear this one a lot. its such a clunky word.
2012-12-22 01:03:02 PM  
Which is glassier, the Glacier or the mirror? Huh? Come on brits!!
2012-12-22 01:25:27 PM  

Snapper Carr: The mispronunciation of "grimace" is so prevalent that most dictionaries list both the correct (long a and accent on the second syllable) and the common one (like the big purple thing in the McDonald's commercials)

At which point the "common one" is also "the correct one."

But I'll admit I'm slightly curious why you think there's something wrong with with the common pronunciation.  Is it more recent?  Usually Grammar Nazis have some sort of reasoning behind their hatred of a particular word or spelling or pronunciation, and in my experience it usually boils down to "This is better because it's older."
2012-12-22 01:34:09 PM  
The British are terrible at pronouncing words in English.
2012-12-22 01:35:22 PM  

LonMead: "I was going to make espresso!"

"This is not an espresso maker. This is, in fact, a damp cardboard box with the word "espresto" written on it. In crayon."
2012-12-22 01:47:18 PM  
Wistersistersistershire sauce.

Bascetti? (Spaghetti, usually a kids; thing)

My ex used to pronounce syrup "surp." Drove me crazy.

Also, sWords.

Hey Brian, would you like some Cool Hwip? How about some Hweat Thins?"
2012-12-22 01:55:37 PM  
Try askng a Brit to say actually.

My college-educated PHB can't say supposedly (it always comes out as supposively), no matter how much crap I give him about it. He's so insistent upon making sure everyone knows he has a Master's degree, then can't pronounce common words properly. Perhaps it's a mid-west thing.

Slightly related note: I once got in an argument with a Navy Commander about the proper use of the apostrophe in "its". He insisted on applying the apostrophe to the possessive, and I told him he was wrong (my tendency to tell people of higher rank they were wrong probably contributed to my lack of promotion in the service, btw). It mattered, because I was in charge of the work center with the engraving machine for that particular ship, and my guys had delivered a commemorative brass placard to the Commander for some function or another. Commander Spellsbadly insisted we re-do the work because of the apostrophe, and I told him no.
2012-12-22 01:59:19 PM  
"Comfortable" is usually pronounced "comfterble."

/I can barely pronounce "particularly" without planning.
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