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2013-02-05 01:07:09 PM  
arizonaoddities.com
 
2013-02-05 01:17:45 PM  
Even though we all know that hustle is hussle, bustle is bussle, castle is cassle, gristle is grissle, and rustle is russle, we still all kinda want to say "mortar and pestle" instead of "mortar and pessle."
 
2013-02-05 01:21:56 PM  
Celtic

Back in the '80s, on MTV's metal program that Adam Curry hosted, he interviewed Celtic Frost's Tom G. Warrior (who was promoting Cold Lake, but that's another argument), and the first question was whether it was pronounced "Seltic" or "Keltic".  Tom replied that it was "Keltic" - and then proceeded to pronounce it both ways throughout the interview.  So yeah.

/"Seltic" for the basketball team, "Keltic" for all other usages
 
2013-02-05 01:43:58 PM  
I had an ex who used to pronounce "fiefdom" as "fife-dom".  I never bothered to correct her but for some reason this happened multiple times.
 
2013-02-05 01:56:59 PM  
While I like to use "correct" pronunciation, languages change. It's not worth it getting bent out of shape especially when the mispronunciations are so common that they eclipse the original.
 
2013-02-05 02:16:33 PM  

HailRobonia: While I like to use "correct" pronunciation, languages change. It's not worth it getting bent out of shape especially when the mispronunciations are so common that they eclipse the original.


This is especially well illustrated with the word boatswain. Yes, it is pronounced "bosun" - because generations of illiterate sailors corrupted it until it was nearly unintelligible. The "correct" pronunciation is the result of years of incorrect pronunciation.
 
2013-02-05 02:23:40 PM  
Hooray for descriptive linguistics!
 
2013-02-05 02:29:31 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Celtic

Back in the '80s, on MTV's metal program that Adam Curry hosted, he interviewed Celtic Frost's Tom G. Warrior (who was promoting Cold Lake, but that's another argument), and the first question was whether it was pronounced "Seltic" or "Keltic".  Tom replied that it was "Keltic" - and then proceeded to pronounce it both ways throughout the interview.  So yeah.

/"Seltic" for the basketball team, "Keltic" for all other usages


And "Seltic" for the soccer team based out of Glasgow, where you'd think they'd know better.  http://www.thecelticwiki.com/page/Celtic+-+Pronunciation was enlightening, though, and points out that Seltic was indeed the original, until it changed in some instances and not others.  Darned evolving languages; we should just get rid of the letter C and be done with it.
 
2013-02-05 02:31:14 PM  
When I was in the third grade, my mom was giving me a spelling test she'd found in a WorldBook encyclopedia, and asked me to spell "melancholy". I totally misspelled it. After, when she told me the correct spelling, I told her (pronouncing it phonetically, never having heard the word spoken), "Oh, you mean "meLAN'-choLEE!" I knew what it meant, and once I knew what word she was talking about, I knew how to spell it, but had no idea that 'melancholy" was pronounced melənˌkälē.

BTW, I tested at 14th grade reading level, and 930 words per minute, all because of an overachieving kindergarten teacher who had us reading phonetically before we entered first grade. Thank you Mrs. Ford.
 
2013-02-05 02:38:20 PM  

ayrlander: Pants full of macaroni!!: Celtic

Back in the '80s, on MTV's metal program that Adam Curry hosted, he interviewed Celtic Frost's Tom G. Warrior (who was promoting Cold Lake, but that's another argument), and the first question was whether it was pronounced "Seltic" or "Keltic".  Tom replied that it was "Keltic" - and then proceeded to pronounce it both ways throughout the interview.  So yeah.

/"Seltic" for the basketball team, "Keltic" for all other usages

And "Seltic" for the soccer team based out of Glasgow, where you'd think they'd know better.  http://www.thecelticwiki.com/page/Celtic+-+Pronunciation was enlightening, though, and points out that Seltic was indeed the original, until it changed in some instances and not others.  Darned evolving languages; we should just get rid of the letter C and be done with it.


Agreed! We shall now all all it eltic!
 
2013-02-05 02:45:13 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: When I was in the third grade, my mom was giving me a spelling test she'd found in a WorldBook encyclopedia, and asked me to spell "melancholy". I totally misspelled it. After, when she told me the correct spelling, I told her (pronouncing it phonetically, never having heard the word spoken), "Oh, you mean "meLAN'-choLEE!" I knew what it meant, and once I knew what word she was talking about, I knew how to spell it, but had no idea that 'melancholy" was pronounced melənˌkälē.

BTW, I tested at 14th grade reading level, and 930 words per minute, all because of an overachieving kindergarten teacher who had us reading phonetically before we entered first grade. Thank you Mrs. Ford.


Jokes on you. There is no 14th grade.

/azwepay
 
2013-02-05 02:51:09 PM  
He pronounces it Soice

Zombie Dr. Seuss?  He's been dead for about 20 years now.

/sow-iys/  If he pronounced it like this, why didn't he make sure people said it correctly?  Chef Boyardee changed the letters in his name just for this reason.  And the same with Mr. Toyoda from Toyota Motor Corporation.
 
2013-02-05 03:12:04 PM  

BWeed6: Jokes on you. There is no 14th grade.


LOL, there is at the truly l33t schools! :)

I'm assuming that 14th grade would correspond with second-year college. By the end of the third grade, I'd read our entire WorldBook encyclopedia set twice. I was a little reading freak. My parents used to take books away from me, for weeks at a time, just to make me go outside. That, combined with 14 schools before I graduated high school (military brat) meant that I got a very uneven education. I was always either ahead or behind in my new classes. I used to get up in classes that I was bored with, and go sit in the hall and read. Needless to say, I got beat up a lot.
 
2013-02-05 03:25:22 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: "Oh, you mean "meLAN'-choLEE!" I knew what it meant, and once I knew what word she was talking about, I knew how to spell it, but had no idea that 'melancholy" was pronounced melənˌkälē.


the-ayrie.net
 
2013-02-05 03:27:09 PM  

HailRobonia: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: "Oh, you mean "meLAN'-choLEE!" I knew what it meant, and once I knew what word she was talking about, I knew how to spell it, but had no idea that 'melancholy" was pronounced melənˌkälē.

[the-ayrie.net image 300x238]


NICE! I wish my mom was still alive, she'd have gotten a big laugh out of that. You're awesome!
 
2013-02-05 03:39:36 PM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz88kJSdT6Y I find this article banal.  Just really banal.
 
2013-02-05 03:40:54 PM  
I call bullshiat on "Comptroller" being pronounced "Controller". Putting a "P" after an "M" does not change it to an "N".
 
2013-02-05 03:49:23 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: BWeed6: Jokes on you. There is no 14th grade.

LOL, there is at the truly l33t schools! :)

I'm assuming that 14th grade would correspond with second-year college. By the end of the third grade, I'd read our entire WorldBook encyclopedia set twice. I was a little reading freak. My parents used to take books away from me, for weeks at a time, just to make me go outside. That, combined with 14 schools before I graduated high school (military brat) meant that I got a very uneven education. I was always either ahead or behind in my new classes. I used to get up in classes that I was bored with, and go sit in the hall and read. Needless to say, I got beat up a lot.


Good. Anyone that brags about reading at a 14th grade level deserves to be beaten.
 
2013-02-05 03:56:29 PM  

browser_snake: I call bullshiat on "Comptroller" being pronounced "Controller". Putting a "P" after an "M" does not change it to an "N".


Here's what the Gray Lady had to say about that:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/29/nyregion/29compside.html?_r=0

/Relative was the US Comptroller of the Currency.  We've always favored the "mp" pronunciation.

//The Suess one was new to me, though.
 
2013-02-05 03:57:40 PM  
computer + toll = comptroller.
 
2013-02-05 03:58:21 PM  

HailRobonia: computer + toll = comptroller.


I meant "troll". Damn, I ruined my lame joke.
 
2013-02-05 04:10:32 PM  
This word meaning "deception by trickery" is aptly tricky to pronounce. The beginning (ch) sound is "sh," as in "Chicago." The French pronounce the word "shih-connery," which makes it easy to remember the definition. However, Americans love a long (a) and tend to pronounce it "shih-cane-a-ree." Choose your own adventure.

blogs.dallasobserver.com
 
2013-02-05 04:32:32 PM  
It's not pronounced  Chi-ca-go

charlestonteaparty.org


It's pronounced Rahm's Personal Home Boy Delivery School
 
2013-02-05 04:34:52 PM  

BWeed6: Good. Anyone that brags about reading at a 14th grade level deserves to be beaten.


Heh, don't worry. As I get older, and I have to make the print larger and larger, I've regressed. I used to be able to read the microprinting on large denomination bills, but now I'm lucky to make out the denomination at all. I spent a lot of time in a newspaper darkroom, reading pages upside-down, and backwards. So I'm not as smart as you or I may think.
 
2013-02-05 04:36:41 PM  
List fails without jagwire.

Or jag-yoo-ah.
 
2013-02-05 05:25:17 PM  
Dour as in "tour", not "sour"
 
2013-02-05 05:41:57 PM  
I have never heard anyone anywhere pronounce "chicanery" as "shih-connery".  Even when you're watching foreign motorsports and they're talking about racing through the "chicane", it's at most "shih-can" not "shih-con".

Anyway, most of these are so hopelessly outdated anyway that nobody's going to be able to tell if you ever say it wrong.
 
2013-02-05 05:56:39 PM  
If I could change the pronunciation of one word, it would be "circuitous". You don't say "sir-cue-it", so why would you pronounce it  "sir-cu-it-us"?
 
2013-02-05 06:05:49 PM  
Legolas; fire a warning shot past the boatswain's ear.
 
2013-02-05 06:06:09 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: It's not pronounced  Chi-ca-go

[charlestonteaparty.org image 551x396]

It's pronounced Rahm's Personal Home Boy Delivery School


Thank you for continuing to prove that every thread, no matter the subject, can be turned into an opportunity to bash your political enemies.
 
2013-02-05 06:30:40 PM  

NicoFinn: Hooray for descriptive linguistics!


this
 
2013-02-05 06:55:44 PM  

demonbug: HailRobonia: While I like to use "correct" pronunciation, languages change. It's not worth it getting bent out of shape especially when the mispronunciations are so common that they eclipse the original.

This is especially well illustrated with the word boatswain. Yes, it is pronounced "bosun" - because generations of illiterate sailors corrupted it until it was nearly unintelligible. The "correct" pronunciation is the result of years of incorrect pronunciation.


Forecastle
Yeoman
Lieutenant

Any other naval colloquialisms you pollywogs care to discuss?
 
2013-02-05 07:08:43 PM  

ayrlander: Darned evolving languages; we should just get rid of the letter C and be done with it.


Or use the letter C for the ch- sound.  But then sh- and th- would need their own letters, which we could hand over to Q and X, since they're redundant and lesser used.  We can learn to accept kw and ks in their place.
 
2013-02-05 07:49:03 PM  
I actually say boatswain quite a bit.
 
2013-02-05 09:59:43 PM  
waistcoat.
 
2013-02-05 10:47:45 PM  

Gough: browser_snake: I call bullshiat on "Comptroller" being pronounced "Controller". Putting a "P" after an "M" does not change it to an "N".

Here's what the Gray Lady had to say about that:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/29/nyregion/29compside.html?_r=0

/Relative was the US Comptroller of the Currency.  We've always favored the "mp" pronunciation.

//The Suess one was new to me, though.


I've read that the "ue" in German is given an "Oi" sound. But I've never heard it said that way here.

FWIW.
 
2013-02-05 11:00:18 PM  

testaclese: waistcoat.


Pronounced "Wascal".
 
2013-02-05 11:04:18 PM  
Wait a second. People actually say Bay-nul? What's wrong with them? Why would you want a very serious word to sound like "anal"?
 
2013-02-06 12:34:31 AM  

Arkanaut: I had an ex who used to pronounce "fiefdom" as "fife-dom".  I never bothered to correct her but for some reason this happened multiple times.


I always pronounced "fiefdom" as "fife-dom" as well.

My friends use the term "reader's pronunciation syndrome" for how so many of us mispronounce words we've only ever read and had not ever heard spoken aloud for years.  It's common among people who were avid readers at a young age.  Especially as a child, you encounter in print words you never hear people actually say.
 
2013-02-06 12:36:20 AM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: When I was in the third grade, my mom was giving me a spelling test she'd found in a WorldBook encyclopedia, and asked me to spell "melancholy". I totally misspelled it. After, when she told me the correct spelling, I told her (pronouncing it phonetically, never having heard the word spoken), "Oh, you mean "meLAN'-choLEE!" I knew what it meant, and once I knew what word she was talking about, I knew how to spell it, but had no idea that 'melancholy" was pronounced melənˌkälē.

BTW, I tested at 14th grade reading level, and 930 words per minute, all because of an overachieving kindergarten teacher who had us reading phonetically before we entered first grade. Thank you Mrs. Ford.


Yep.  That's totally the "reader's pronunciation syndrome" I spoke of earlier.  I don't know what other people call it.  I suppose there must be some official term.
 
2013-02-06 12:38:57 AM  

Devo Cornholiosky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz88kJSdT6Y I find this article banal.  Just really banal.


That's pretty thick-headed.
 
2013-02-06 12:40:55 AM  

Seth'n'Spectrum: Wait a second. People actually say Bay-nul? What's wrong with them? Why would you want a very serious word to sound like "anal"?


Uranus.
 
2013-02-06 12:41:33 AM  

ciberido: My friends use the term "reader's pronunciation syndrome" for how so many of us mispronounce words we've only ever read and had not ever heard spoken aloud for years. It's common among people who were avid readers at a young age. Especially as a child, you encounter in print words you never hear people actually say.


I have this problem a lot. The best part about it is that it sneaks up on you and makes you suddenly sound like a retard. In your brain, you're just rattling off a completely normal sentence until you get to a word you suddenly can't pronounce at all.
 
2013-02-06 12:42:41 AM  

ciberido: Yep. That's totally the "reader's pronunciation syndrome" I spoke of earlier. I don't know what other people call it. I suppose there must be some official term.


That works for me.

Rough
Cough
Bough
Dough
Through

Change the first letter(s) and you have totally different sounding words. English seems to have more exceptions than rules.
 
2013-02-06 12:45:05 AM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: ciberido: Yep. That's totally the "reader's pronunciation syndrome" I spoke of earlier. I don't know what other people call it. I suppose there must be some official term.

That works for me.

Rough
Cough
Bough
Dough
Through

Change the first letter(s) and you have totally different sounding words. English seems to have more exceptions than rules.


Gough
 
2013-02-06 12:50:02 AM  

Gough: Gough


LOL, how do you pronounce that? :)

Ghoti, pronounced "fish".

"GH" as in touGH,
"O" as in wOmen,
"TI" as in naTIon.
 
2013-02-06 12:52:29 AM  

Gough: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: ciberido: Yep. That's totally the "reader's pronunciation syndrome" I spoke of earlier. I don't know what other people call it. I suppose there must be some official term.

That works for me.

Rough
Cough
Bough
Dough
Through

Change the first letter(s) and you have totally different sounding words. English seems to have more exceptions than rules.

Gough


Ghoti.
 
2013-02-06 12:53:13 AM  
UNAUTHORIZED FINGER:Ghoti, pronounced "fish".

"GH" as in touGH,
"O" as in wOmen,
"TI" as in naTIon.


DAMN YOU!  *sobs*
 
2013-02-06 12:53:38 AM  
Ghoti can also be pronounced silently:

"GH" as in thouGH,
"O" as in peOple,
"T" as in balleT,
"I" as in busIness.
 
2013-02-06 12:56:13 AM  

ciberido: DAMN YOU! *sobs*


Sorries. :)
 
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