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2013-04-18 12:43:00 PM
OFTEN
Incorrect pronunciation: off - ten

Correct pronunciation: off - en

 Oh, I'm not going along with this one. I see a "T" so I'm pronouncing it.
If you say it "Off-en" THEN you sound like you are from Alabama.
"Hey ya'll, I offen go huntin with my ma and Pa"
 
2013-04-18 12:46:54 PM
Subby, most of the incorrect pronunciations listed on that page would mark a significant improvement in pronunciation for Alabamans.
 
2013-04-18 12:46:54 PM
I pronounce all of those as they say the "correct" way exkept for sherbert.
 
2013-04-18 12:47:01 PM
11. Discrete (meaning, two of more individual things or events) vs. discreet (meaning let's not let our spouses find out about this...)
 
2013-04-18 12:47:04 PM
Excape has always driven me crazy

/expecially when it's some TV news talking head doing it
 
2013-04-18 12:48:49 PM
The article said "Idiot" not "Inbred hillbilly"
 
2013-04-18 12:50:14 PM
Alabama has plenty of people intelligent enough to pronounce words correctly. They just don't get elected to public office.
 
2013-04-18 12:53:53 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Excape has always driven me crazy

/expecially when it's some TV news talking head doing it


Someone needs to ax them what their problem is.
 
2013-04-18 12:55:08 PM
fascinating

fas-sun-ate-un
 
2013-04-18 12:55:14 PM

FirstNationalBastard: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Excape has always driven me crazy

/expecially when it's some TV news talking head doing it

Someone needs to ax them what their problem is.


It's even worse when they're talking about an ask muderer
 
2013-04-18 12:56:29 PM
Fixin', as in "I was fixin' to watch reruns of the 14 Tide football titles, but i had to make a beer run first."
 
2013-04-18 12:57:43 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: FirstNationalBastard: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Excape has always driven me crazy

/expecially when it's some TV news talking head doing it

Someone needs to ax them what their problem is.

It's even worse when they're talking about an ask muderer


What an Ask murderer may look like

newsimg.bbc.co.uk
 
2013-04-18 12:58:45 PM
Typical.

TFA conveniently skipped the possum or opossum conundrum.
 
2013-04-18 01:00:46 PM
(Featured Partner)
 
2013-04-18 01:02:26 PM
Sweet Home
 
2013-04-18 01:02:51 PM
Aluminium
 
2013-04-18 01:03:31 PM
Would you like some pie with cool hwip?
 
2013-04-18 01:04:29 PM
Ex - presso

I've had people say this while serving me an espresso.
 
2013-04-18 01:04:39 PM
NUCLEAR
Incorrect pronunciation: nuke - you - lerr

Correct pronunciation: new - clee - err

I'm going to try to get through this one without a President Bush joke. All right, so, despite the fact that it's 2008, this is a word with which we're somehow still struggling. Like most of the words on this list, "nuclear" is spelled EXACTLY AS IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE PRONOUNCED and yet, people continue to screw it up worse than the War in Iraq... oh, dammit.

^^^^  THIS
 
2013-04-18 01:04:51 PM
The connection has timed out

Alabamians say the darndest things.
 
2013-04-18 01:04:54 PM
Forgot a couple. "Exasperate" used in lieu of "Exacerbate", "The point is mute" instead of "The point is moot". "Hookers and blow" instead of "Ladies of ill repute and cocaine". The list goes on.
 
2013-04-18 01:05:23 PM

JerkyMeat: Typical.

TFA conveniently skipped the possum or opossum conundrum.


Crayfish, crawfish, crawdads, craydads, craydiddies, little tiny fresh water lobsters...
 
2013-04-18 01:05:49 PM
 "If you're using words like "snuck," "brang," or "irregardless," (no, none of those are real words)...  "

Wtf ?   That's unpossible.

H'aint ?
 
2013-04-18 01:05:58 PM

Oldiron_79: Would you like some pie with cool hwip?


Only if it's served by Hwil Hweaton.
 
2013-04-18 01:06:14 PM

SultanofSchwing: Aluminium


Yes, people do sound stupid adding an extra "I" into Aluminum.
 
2013-04-18 01:06:22 PM
If you use "ignorant" as if it's a synonym for "rude", I'll think you're from western Pennsylvania, which is like Alabama with more snow.
 
2013-04-18 01:07:20 PM
Common headlines that when you don't use correct punctuation or just throw a random that in there that make people think you were educated in America and furthermore
 
2013-04-18 01:08:23 PM

you have pee hands: If you use "ignorant" as if it's a synonym for "rude", I'll think you're from western Pennsylvania, which is like Alabama with more snow.


I'll wait until I hear "yinz goin' dahntahn to da Jine Iggle?"
 
2013-04-18 01:08:24 PM

Strik3r: NUCLEAR
Incorrect pronunciation: nuke - you - lerr

Correct pronunciation: new - clee - err

I'm going to try to get through this one without a President Bush joke. All right, so, despite the fact that it's 2008, this is a word with which we're somehow still struggling. Like most of the words on this list, "nuclear" is spelled EXACTLY AS IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE PRONOUNCED and yet, people continue to screw it up worse than the War in Iraq... oh, dammit.

^^^^  THIS


There's an obvious explanation for this.

"nuke" is shorthand for "cook in the microwave".  Everyone says "nuke" a dozen times a week.  Then they try to transition back to the root word, and can't shove the 'l' into that first syllable.

"nuke" - "ular"  is like jocular, ocular, popular, etc.
 
2013-04-18 01:09:18 PM
Listen to a Kiwi say urine or methane. LULZ
 
2013-04-18 01:09:53 PM
Comfortable

com-for-tah-bull

Library

lie-barry
 
2013-04-18 01:11:13 PM
Someone fails at linguistic history. There's a reason why so many folks put an r at the end of sherbet. It's the same reason if you're out in the sticks you'll hear someone say "warsh." It's called an "intrusive r" and is common in most rhotic dialects of English. It's a peculiarity of r-pronunciation, and not unique to English, but all languages that feature an analog of the English R.

I'd also like to note that awry comes from "a wrien," comparable to "aglee" in Scottish brogue. I might mention that aglee is indeed pronounced the "wrong" way. It's called a vowel shift, something that some folks out there didn't really get to participate in. They're not so much "wrong" as somewhere they fell off the linguistic bus.

And, finally, fark you for being a prescriptivist. English changes faster than you can write down your silly rules. Write and speak to your audience, don't write and speak to a handful of mostly dead men's grammatical peeves. English is the most mutable language in recorded history, and some of us would like to keep it that way.
 
2013-04-18 01:11:41 PM

dramatools: Alabama America has plenty of people intelligent enough to pronounce words correctly. They just don't get elected to public office.


I know you historians' lives revolve around trolling anyone from the south, but for the sake of accuracy this one can be expanded to encompass the entire spectrum.
 
2013-04-18 01:11:53 PM

FirstNationalBastard: SultanofSchwing: Aluminium

Yes, people do sound stupid adding an extra "I" into Aluminum.


/shakes tiny fist
 
2013-04-18 01:12:13 PM

netcentric: "If you're using words like "snuck," "brang," or "irregardless," (no, none of those are real words)...  "

Wtf ?   That's unpossible.

H'aint ?


Well, according to the Random House Dictionary, "First recorded in writing toward the end of the 19th century in the United States, snuck has become in recent decades a standard variant past tense and past participle of the verb sneak".
So if people have been using it that way for over a century, then yes, it's a real word.
 
2013-04-18 01:12:38 PM
Fun Fact:  The first syllable of the name Xavier is "ig".

/couldn't open the site, so didn't RTFA
 
2013-04-18 01:13:14 PM
My pet peave is when people pronounce tournament "Ternament"

and yet people around here look at me funny when i pronounce it with a TOUR...

/done ranting
 
2013-04-18 01:13:42 PM
Lulz people from different places pronounce things differently and people judge people on how they talk. This is so interesting.
 
2013-04-18 01:14:24 PM

puckrock2000: netcentric: "If you're using words like "snuck," "brang," or "irregardless," (no, none of those are real words)...  "

Wtf ?   That's unpossible.

H'aint ?

Well, according to the Random House Dictionary, "First recorded in writing toward the end of the 19th century in the United States, snuck has become in recent decades a standard variant past tense and past participle of the verb sneak".
So if people have been using it that way for over a century, then yes, it's a real word.


^This^

Snuck is so a real word!
 
2013-04-18 01:14:38 PM

palladiate: Someone fails at linguistic history. There's a reason why so many folks put an r at the end of sherbet. It's the same reason if you're out in the sticks you'll hear someone say "warsh." It's called an "intrusive r" and is common in most rhotic dialects of English. It's a peculiarity of r-pronunciation, and not unique to English, but all languages that feature an analog of the English R.

I'd also like to note that awry comes from "a wrien," comparable to "aglee" in Scottish brogue. I might mention that aglee is indeed pronounced the "wrong" way. It's called a vowel shift, something that some folks out there didn't really get to participate in. They're not so much "wrong" as somewhere they fell off the linguistic bus.

And, finally, fark you for being a prescriptivist. English changes faster than you can write down your silly rules. Write and speak to your audience, don't write and speak to a handful of mostly dead men's grammatical peeves. English is the most mutable language in recorded history, and some of us would like to keep it that way.


Nerd...
 
2013-04-18 01:14:55 PM

netcentric: "If you're using words like "snuck," "brang," or "irregardless," (no, none of those are real words)...  "

Wtf ?   That's unpossible.

H'aint ?


userserve-ak.last.fm

"Huh.  News to me."
 
2013-04-18 01:15:30 PM
Shoes? Mah bar feet can walk on broken glass. Take them "shews" back to the nort, thank you very much.
 
2013-04-18 01:16:25 PM
Do whut?
 
2013-04-18 01:16:48 PM
media.tumblr.com

Approves.
 
2013-04-18 01:17:44 PM

SovietCanuckistan: Listen to a Kiwi say urine or methane. LULZ


aluminum... somehow becomes Al- u-min-i-um
 
2013-04-18 01:19:09 PM
Site is farked for me, but did they get "li-berry?"  As a librarian that one always pisses me off, especially when said by other "li-berrians."

And do we have official word on the pronunciation of "important?"  When I was living in Alabama, it was often pronounced "im-POR-tin," without the final "t".  I, on the other hand, pronounce it "im-POR-nt," pronouncing the final "t" but with a glottal stop in place of the first "t".
 
2013-04-18 01:19:40 PM

HortusMatris: puckrock2000: netcentric: "If you're using words like "snuck," "brang," or "irregardless," (no, none of those are real words)...  "

Wtf ?   That's unpossible.

H'aint ?

Well, according to the Random House Dictionary, "First recorded in writing toward the end of the 19th century in the United States, snuck has become in recent decades a standard variant past tense and past participle of the verb sneak".
So if people have been using it that way for over a century, then yes, it's a real word.

^This^

Snuck is so a real word!


I'll give you snuck, but goddammitsomuch I will never surrender to "irregardless!"
 
2013-04-18 01:20:43 PM
Common words that when you say them make people know you're not from Alabama: African, American.
 
2013-04-18 01:21:03 PM

dramatools: Alabama has plenty of people intelligent enough to pronounce words correctly. They just don't get elected to public office.


No matter where you're from, you speak like those around you. Intelligence, or lack thereof, has nothing to do with it.
 
2013-04-18 01:21:54 PM

FirstNationalBastard: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Excape has always driven me crazy

/expecially when it's some TV news talking head doing it

Someone needs to ax them what their problem is.


you know what's funny about ask? in middle english it was aks.  thus, the historically accurate pronunciation is aks.  you just have some group of people who decided to bastardize the language because they wanted it to sound less germanic.
 
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