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2013-04-18 02:56:40 PM

FrancoFile: Strik3r: FrancoFile: 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.

So, do these people really think there is a nulear weapon in their microwave ?????

Also, I can't say I've ever tried or heard of anyone trying to "joc" or "oc" something. I have heard of people who like to "pop" someone, but again there, I see no similarity other than the sounds the three letters make..........

/you are white knighting for "nucular" ????

Explaining, not white knighting.

No, there is no fission weapon in their oven, but where are you from that you don't hear 'nuke' as slang for 'heat in a microwave oven'.


I was just "smart-mouthin" text style.....

For some reason, I think language would be a lot more condusive to spoken communication if we could (those of us who use a common language) at least agree on how to pronounce the written words.

...strange....   I know......
 
2013-04-18 02:57:46 PM

El Brujo: I do get annoyed when people put a T in "else". I hear that a lot.


Ha!  A friend of mine adds it to the end of "across".  We have teased him for twenty five years about it and he just doesn't give a shiate.  He's from Indianner.
 
2013-04-18 02:57:56 PM
the quality of blogging has achieved new heighths.

rulefortytwo.com

/approves
 
2013-04-18 02:59:06 PM

El Brujo: People say Louisville like "lewellville" to my ears.

I recently read it as "Lewisville" before I realized I was wrong.

/have no reason to visit that part of the country.


Until today, I described it as "lulvul", but the person who said "lvll" is more accurate.

Anyway, since you have no reason to visit there, it shouldn't matter how words are said. Right, Ell Brew-Joe?
 
2013-04-18 02:59:30 PM
Also, teh Brits are dumb when they say 'Hoo-stun'. This is one time Stewie's right; it's 'Hyuu-stun', dammit.
 
2013-04-18 03:00:03 PM
It's only sherbet if that's the way you spell it.


Slutter McGee: The way people speak is in no way a reflection of intelligence


actually it's the greatest reflection of intellect. The manner in which one speaks is in turn reflected in their writing.
 
2013-04-18 03:02:16 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


1.bp.blogspot.com


Nuclear Lisa, it's pronounced nuclear.
 
2013-04-18 03:03:14 PM
It's my prerogative.
 
2013-04-18 03:03:27 PM

namegoeshere: This one I've noticed in the northeast. It's subtle, but "dr" at the beginning of words turns into "jr". Drop becomes jrop.


After repeating that word a couple of times, I realize you're right.  Funny, that. Never noticed it before.

.
 
2013-04-18 03:04:03 PM
Awry and a rye are the same word?  I always thought the latter was just some weird colloquialism. Learn something new every day.
 
2013-04-18 03:04:10 PM

tuna fingers: vudukungfu: OK OK OK
PRIMER Magazine.

Is it pronounced
PRIM-MER
or
PRIME-ER?

Good call.
To me it is the latter.  To old librarians it is the former.


The former is an American pronunciation, the latter British (and Commonwealth).
 
2013-04-18 03:04:36 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: El Brujo: People say Louisville like "lewellville" to my ears.

I recently read it as "Lewisville" before I realized I was wrong.

/have no reason to visit that part of the country.

In Ohio we have a town called Louisville that's pronounced Lewisville.

Confusingly, we also have a town called Lewisville.


Well, continuing on the Alabama run, there's Eutaw (pronounced like "Utah") and Arab, pronounced A-rab.
 
2013-04-18 03:05:33 PM
I grew up in Alabama and I don't mispronounce any of those words. I don't know anyone who does. The joke about Alabama is tired and pathetic. I have heard people mispronounce realtor and nuclear in every state I've been too and on many television programs. It irritates me to no end. Ignorance and laziness are human traits not southern traits.
 
2013-04-18 03:05:33 PM
Ohio:

Indians:  "in-dins"
Washington:  "worshington"
Hawaii:  "ha-why-yuh"
 
2013-04-18 03:06:07 PM

rugman11: FTFY

And yes, they would, as do Alabamian immigrants.



I will consult my expert, an Alabama immigrant who is now an expat, living in Georgia and contemplating a move to Florida.
 
2013-04-18 03:06:25 PM
karenjlloyd.com

"es-ca-pe"....
 
2013-04-18 03:06:36 PM
I'm with him on all of them but "often", I don't think I know anyone who pronounces it "offen", nor do I have any recollection of hearing that it is supposed to be a "silent t" prior to this article.
 
2013-04-18 03:06:51 PM
Y'all is a perfectly cromulent word:

upload.wikimedia.org

If you ketch my drift.

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-04-18 03:07:40 PM

Gonz: El Brujo: People say Louisville like "lewellville" to my ears.

I recently read it as "Lewisville" before I realized I was wrong.

/have no reason to visit that part of the country.

Until today, I described it as "lulvul", but the person who said "lvll" is more accurate.

Anyway, since you have no reason to visit there, it shouldn't matter how words are said. Right, Ell Brew-Joe?


Yep. I have family in IL, so that is the closest I get to that part of the country. Among the worst weather on planet earth. Illinois included in that sentiment.
 
2013-04-18 03:07:56 PM
grain of salt or grain assault?
 
2013-04-18 03:08:44 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: despite the fact that it's 2008

it is?  i didn't realize i fell asleep in a time machine last night and went back 5 years


I see I'm not the only one who noticed this.

/old grammar lessons are SO EXCITING
 
2013-04-18 03:09:40 PM

timujin: I'm with him on all of them but "often", I don't think I know anyone who pronounces it "offen", nor do I have any recollection of hearing that it is supposed to be a "silent t" prior to this article.


Kind of like how "receipt" has a silent 'p'.

....

Unlike me first thing in the morning.

HEY-OH
 
2013-04-18 03:09:42 PM

namegoeshere: 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!"


http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irregardless

Irregardless of the fact it's been around 100 years?
 
2013-04-18 03:10:07 PM

timujin: I'm with him on all of them but "often", I don't think I know anyone who pronounces it "offen", nor do I have any recollection of hearing that it is supposed to be a "silent t" prior to this article.


that being said, I don't pronounce it "off TEN" as much as "off tn"

And according to Random House:
Often' was pronounced with a t-sound until the 17th century, when a pronunciation without the [t] came to predominate in the speech of the educated, in both North America and Great Britain, and the earlier pronunciation fell into disfavor. Common use of a spelling pronunciation has since restored the [t] for many speakers, and today /ˈɔfən/[aw-fuh and /ˈɔf[awf-tuhn] or /ˈɒfən/[of-uhn] and [of-tuhn] exist side by side. Although it is still sometimes criticized, 'often' with a /t/[t] is now so widely heard from educated speakers that it has become fully standard once again.
 
2013-04-18 03:10:32 PM

MisterTweak: 11. Discrete (meaning, two of more individual things or events) vs. discreet (meaning let's not let our spouses find out about this...)


Those are pronounced the same. Spelling is down the hall; this is pronunciation.

Here's one: valet. It's not French, it's English, and it's pronounced VALL-et.

People in Alabama don't mispronounce often. People in Long Island do. They say Ooawf-ten and really bang on the t.
 
2013-04-18 03:11:30 PM

El Brujo: People say Louisville like "lewellville" to my ears.

I recently read it as "Lewisville" before I realized I was wrong.

/have no reason to visit that part of the country.


It's sad if you're so close-minded you wouldn't even think about going there.I've been all over the country and a few places overseas.  Louisville is one of my favorite cities.  Seriously, I'd put it in my top five (probably would go Miami, Granada Nicaragua, DC, Savannah, then Louisville). Great people, really cool architecture, tons of bourbons at every bar, I was really surprised how much I liked it.
 
2013-04-18 03:11:37 PM
I lived in the south for several years and enjoyed mockery of southerners. These posts are all funny to me.

Just as long as you realize it's bigotry, the same as when directed at any other group. We are all the same.
 
2013-04-18 03:11:49 PM

AdrienVeidt: Also, teh Brits are dumb when they say 'Hoo-stun'. This is one time Stewie's right; it's 'Hyuu-stun', dammit.


Unless yer from New Yawk - then it How-stun
 
2013-04-18 03:12:26 PM

FizixJunkee: Ref: How Australians say "no." Apparently, a, e, i, o, and u are all pronounced in this simple word.


Ha!  So true.  1/2 my family lives there.  "no" goes something like "noaye!"

We make fun of each others accents when they visit.  Apparently they think Americans talk funny too.

/All in good fun
 
2013-04-18 03:12:29 PM

I want your skull: namegoeshere: Crayfish, crawfish, crawdads, craydads, craydiddies, little tiny fresh water lobsters...

Mud bugs.



Langostino.
 
2013-04-18 03:13:07 PM

Sweaty Dynamite: StickyKleenexWad: I live in St. Clair County AL about 35 min. drive from Talladega ('Dega).  The drawl & language on the factory floor at my last job would probably make most of ya'll internet folks' ears fall off.   "I gotta git down to tha doller stoar 'fore Misty gits off her shift at tha cracker Barrel. We gon git some coors lite & go to tha races"  Also, Row Tide ya'll.

So what was y'all makin' thar in that factry?  Trailer houses or cabinets?


Spice blends, actually.  & I didn't work on the factory floor, I was in the office.  A real low-class act girl used to always be afraid when we had storms.  When the tornadoes of 4/27/2011 came through (same ones as Tuscaloosa) that girl lost her trailer & everything & was hospitalized for I'm not even sure how long.  Since then I always respect (storms in general too) someone's fear of storms b/c while you or I may have somewhere secure to go... not everybody does.
 
2013-04-18 03:13:14 PM

cretinbob: It's only sherbet if that's the way you spell it.


Slutter McGee: The way people speak is in no way a reflection of intelligence

actually it's the greatest reflection of intellect. The manner in which one speaks is in turn reflected in their writing.


Not necessarily. One may be able to present an argument in a coherent manner, with proper spelling and grammar. For instance, take the previous statement. If you were to hear me say it, it would likely sound along the lines of "Wun may be abl'ta pruhsent an ahguamint inna coherrent mannah, wit propah spellin' n' grammah." Looking at the two examples, one can see that the writing in generally considered proper, however, the pronunciation makes me sound like a swamp yankee. Which I am. If anything, I would posit it's due to the average cadence of the typical resident of lower New England. We have a tendency to speed through a sentence. As a result, we take verbal shortcuts and slur the sounds together. To my ears it sounds like proper English, as it's the environment I was raised. To someone outside that locality I would sound like a unintelligible swamp yankee. But I covered that earlier in the post. In short, the manner in which one speaks is not necessarily reflected in writing, and yer a poop head.
 
2013-04-18 03:13:30 PM

HalfOffOffer: grain of salt or grain assault?


grain assault?


1.bp.blogspot.com


You gonna get raped.

 
2013-04-18 03:14:12 PM
I like minor mispronunciations.  My mother pronounces wash as "warsh" and it drives the grammar nazis up the wall.  Funny part is, my mom's a lifelong local of her state, and it's the out of staters that are driven nutty by it.
 
2013-04-18 03:14:21 PM

xanadian: timujin: I'm with him on all of them but "often", I don't think I know anyone who pronounces it "offen", nor do I have any recollection of hearing that it is supposed to be a "silent t" prior to this article.

Kind of like how "receipt" has a silent 'p'.

....

Unlike me first thing in the morning.

HEY-OH


Sure, but I'd always been told that was how to correctly pronounce receipt.  (not to detract from your amusing play on words)

As I posted just above, the writer is apparently being recalcitrant, digging in his heels and ignoring the evolution the language continually goes through.

I actually have a similar issue with "nauseous" and "begs the question", but I've learned to let it go.
 
2013-04-18 03:15:35 PM

Inflatable Rhetoric: ChrisDe: sandrich

Good point.  It's sammidge.


No, it's "Sangwich"
 
2013-04-18 03:15:53 PM

FizixJunkee: 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

Same is true for Israel, too, yet so many pronounce it "is ree ahl" instead of "is rah el".


In the South, it's pronounced IZZ-rull.
 
2013-04-18 03:16:47 PM

FLMountainMan: My wife doesn't have much of an accent, but she does say:

holler - hollow


That's a new one on me.  Around here, "holler" is how you get someone's attention if they ignore you the first time.
 
2013-04-18 03:16:58 PM

rugman11: Pants full of macaroni!!: El Brujo: People say Louisville like "lewellville" to my ears.

I recently read it as "Lewisville" before I realized I was wrong.

/have no reason to visit that part of the country.

In Ohio we have a town called Louisville that's pronounced Lewisville.

Confusingly, we also have a town called Lewisville.

Well, continuing on the Alabama run, there's Eutaw (pronounced like "Utah") and Arab, pronounced A-rab.


My BIL is from Eutaw, and I have actually had the misfortune of spending a Thanksgiving is LA. Kentucky has Versailles (Ver-Sales) and Georgia has Layfayette (La-fay-et). Georgia also has Forsyth County (For-Sight) and Forsythe Park (For-Sighth). We be crazy down here.
 
2013-04-18 03:17:22 PM

FizixJunkee: What about Iz-ray-el?

That's acceptable. What's not acceptable is reversing the "a" and "e". Israel ends in "-el".


From the Hebrew "Yisrael", which has the same dipthong going on. There is a tendency in Semitic languages (only knowing Hebrew but being very familiar with the sound of both Arabic and Hebrew spoken by native Arabic-speakers, I assume this is the case) to vocalize an apostrophe in between two vowels, so "Israel"/"Yisrael" becomes "Isra'el"/"Yisra'el".

I hate when people pronounce the last syllable as "real".
 
2013-04-18 03:17:33 PM

maxx2112: Roll Tide


That is the definitive answer.
 
2013-04-18 03:17:51 PM
This is kind of like how all Southerners pronounce Pepsi, Sprite, Seltzer, RC, Mr. Pibb, Root Beer, Nehi, Orange Crush, etc. all the same way..."Coke."
 
2013-04-18 03:18:08 PM

ristst: Oldiron_79: Dont forget people that pronounce Missouri Missourah.

I have friends from that state and they always refer to it as Misery.

/I know it's kind of a pun rather than a mispronunciation, but it's amusing nonetheless.


The Missour-ee/Missou-ruh thing is, if I recall correctly, a leftover from the Little Dixie migration in the 1830s-1850s or whenever after statehood. Basically, all these planters from the upper south (Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee) moved due west and colonized the north bank of the Missouri river and brought their drawls, slaves, hemp, and tobacco along. The "ee" pronunciation was the original native pronunciation, but southerners modified it after they moved in.

That's from some apocryphal crap I picked up somewhere, though, so I don't have a source. Everybody and their mother passed through Missouri at some point in the country's history, though, so who knows where it mutated.
 
2013-04-18 03:19:06 PM
"Oft-ten" is a major pet peeve of mine, but it's become so common that I sound uneducated for pronouncing it "offen."

On the other hand, I got so used to saying "lie-berry" for library, in an ironic, Homer Simpson type voice, that I now use that pronunciation automatically.  My seven year-old corrected me on it, FFS!  Yes, son, Daddy talks like he's in kindergarten...just aks anyone.
 
2013-04-18 03:19:51 PM
also AFF-lete
 
2013-04-18 03:19:59 PM
"Onvelope" - because you're not The Queen, but you dress like her on the weekends.
 
2013-04-18 03:20:07 PM

FLMountainMan: El Brujo: People say Louisville like "lewellville" to my ears.

I recently read it as "Lewisville" before I realized I was wrong.

/have no reason to visit that part of the country.

It's sad if you're so close-minded you wouldn't even think about going there.I've been all over the country and a few places overseas.  Louisville is one of my favorite cities.  Seriously, I'd put it in my top five (probably would go Miami, Granada Nicaragua, DC, Savannah, then Louisville). Great people, really cool architecture, tons of bourbons at every bar, I was really surprised how much I liked it.


I'm sure it's got it's qualities. Most places do. I've visited almost every state (KY too), but there are only a few I feel the need to rerun to. I'd go if I had a reason to, I suppose.
 
2013-04-18 03:21:24 PM
And don't get me started on those who insist that "almonds" really rhymes with "Hammonds."
 
2013-04-18 03:21:37 PM

downstairs: FizixJunkee: Ref: How Australians say "no." Apparently, a, e, i, o, and u are all pronounced in this simple word.

Ha!  So true.  1/2 my family lives there.  "no" goes something like "noaye!"

We make fun of each others accents when they visit.  Apparently they think Americans talk funny too.

/All in good fun


My friends that are local to Houston, Texas say "U-ston".
 
2013-04-18 03:23:06 PM
Putting an 'r' in a word that doesn't have one pisses me off. "Warsh my car."
My God.
 
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