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2021-10-17 11:07:37 PM  
Vincent van Gogh, correct Dutch pronunciation.
 
2021-10-17 11:17:47 PM  
In upstate New York people go to elemenTAIRy school.
Clearly most do not make it to middle school.
 
2021-10-17 11:19:52 PM  
Ob-vi-ous
 
2021-10-17 11:26:21 PM  
Language is an interesting thing, how our ideas shape it.  A ways back my mother had difficulty pronouncing "court" the street address, without an extreme NY accent.  I told her on day, to pronounce it as "quart" like a quart of milk, and suddenly the accent dropped away.  Language is weird.
 
2021-10-18 1:07:49 AM  
Sneaked, not snuck
 
2021-10-18 1:08:46 AM  
I came here expecting a gif / jif argument.
 
2021-10-18 1:52:25 AM  
Okay, I didn't know boatswain = "bosun"

But too many items on that list were "In the original language it's X, but the common pronunciation of Y is just fine, so don't worry."  Cowards.

They didn't even weigh in on the gif/jiff debate.
 
2021-10-18 2:01:26 AM  
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2021-10-18 2:16:59 AM  
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2021-10-18 2:35:34 AM  

Chariset: Okay, I didn't know boatswain = "bosun"

But too many items on that list were "In the original language it's X, but the common pronunciation of Y is just fine, so don't worry."  Cowards.

They didn't even weigh in on the gif/jiff debate.


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2021-10-18 2:44:02 AM  
OK, I according to the article I pronounce all of those correctly except for Dr. Seuss, which I've never heard any person pronounce the way they say is correct.
 
2021-10-18 3:04:01 AM  
I heard an anecdote somewhere about a parent enrolling their kid in school:

Teacher: And what is his name?
Parent: Gooey.
T: ...Gooey?
P: Yes, I saw it on TV and thought "What a lovely name!"
T: And, er, how do you spell that?
P: G.U.Y.
 
2021-10-18 3:33:06 AM  
Headline "You're mispronouncing these words". TFA: Meh, most of these are optional.
 
2021-10-18 5:51:37 AM  
"SUH-lon?" or "SAH-lon?"
or
"Whiny click-bait-y dumpster ooze?"


also, "gif."
 
2021-10-18 6:05:32 AM  
Luckily I don't use any of those words.
 
2021-10-18 6:58:40 AM  
You too can sound like a pedant and a douche  (doo-SHAY).
 
2021-10-18 7:40:58 AM  
Three things that are very difficult to say:

* I'm sorry
* I love you
* Worcestershire sauce
 
2021-10-18 7:43:09 AM  

elvisaintdead: "SUH-lon?" or "SAH-lon?"
or
"Whiny click-bait-y dumpster ooze?"


also, "gif."


Choosy moms choose gif.
 
2021-10-18 7:44:40 AM  
There are a few words I've only seen in print, then heard in audio books with British narrators, so I assume I say the proper American pronunciation and the Brits are all British with their pronunciations of "ichor" and "detritus".
 
2021-10-18 7:47:10 AM  
Re: comptroller pronounced as controller. I'm not pronouncing it wrong, you're spelling it wrong. If it's pronounced "controller", than farking spell it "controller".
 
2021-10-18 7:50:26 AM  

InfoFreako: Re: comptroller pronounced as controller. I'm not pronouncing it wrong, you're spelling it wrong. If it's pronounced "controller", than farking spell it "controller".


Who else but a comptroller is going to give you a receipt for that transaction?

:P

/my p is never silent
 
2021-10-18 7:52:53 AM  
It's unfair to include nautical terms.
 
2021-10-18 7:56:30 AM  

xanadian: InfoFreako: Re: comptroller pronounced as controller. I'm not pronouncing it wrong, you're spelling it wrong. If it's pronounced "controller", than farking spell it "controller".

Who else but a comptroller is going to give you a receipt for that transaction?

:P

/my p is never silent


I see your point about silent letters, but a silent letter between consonants AND a letter pronounced like another letter is approaching Throatwobbler Mangrove territory for me.
 
2021-10-18 7:57:42 AM  
"Comptroller is pronounced Controller"

So why not just farking spell it that way?
 
2021-10-18 8:00:58 AM  
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2021-10-18 8:01:10 AM  

InfoFreako: Re: comptroller pronounced as controller. I'm not pronouncing it wrong, you're spelling it wrong. If it's pronounced "controller", than farking spell it "controller".


It's pronounced then, so spell it then.

\ better than in a non-pedantic thread
 
2021-10-18 8:03:14 AM  

wademh: InfoFreako: Re: comptroller pronounced as controller. I'm not pronouncing it wrong, you're spelling it wrong. If it's pronounced "controller", than farking spell it "controller".

It's pronounced then, so spell it then.

\ better than in a non-pedantic thread


I'm thinking of spelling it "themp".
 
2021-10-18 8:04:45 AM  
*Ahem* It's pronounced 'Throat-warbler Mangrove'
 
2021-10-18 8:11:04 AM  
I have never, ever, not once, heard "Seuss" pronounced as anything other than "Soos". If he wanted it to be pronounced "Soice", he did a piss-poor job of getting the word out.
 
2021-10-18 8:12:05 AM  
English, along with every other spoken language, is an evolving thing. If everyone is saying/spelling/using a word wrong.....then they're actually not, the spelling, pronunciation or meaning of the word has just changed. If you find that silly.....just remember that the original meaning of the word silly meant blessed in old English.
 
2021-10-18 8:18:41 AM  
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2021-10-18 8:20:06 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: There are a few words I've only seen in print, then heard in audio books with British narrators, so I assume I say the proper American pronunciation and the Brits are all British with their pronunciations of "ichor" and "detritus".


How do you pronounce them? I'd say ick-or and de-trite-us. But then I get confused about which is supposed to be the Brit or American pronunciations of "schedule" and will use either.
 
2021-10-18 8:20:34 AM  

I know a guy: I have never, ever, not once, heard "Seuss" pronounced as anything other than "Soos". If he wanted it to be pronounced "Soice", he did a piss-poor job of getting the word out.


How do you think Jesus, originally yeshua,(ye-shew-a) feels.
 
2021-10-18 8:22:20 AM  

I know a guy: I have never, ever, not once, heard "Seuss" pronounced as anything other than "Soos". If he wanted it to be pronounced "Soice", he did a piss-poor job of getting the word out.


I pronounce it that way because that's how "eu" in German is pronounced. Like Sigmund Freud or schadenfreude.
 
2021-10-18 8:26:58 AM  
IKEA?
 
2021-10-18 8:30:23 AM  
You could always "fone" the "libarry" to "phind" out how to "cay" them.
 
2021-10-18 8:37:08 AM  

iron de havilland: kittyhas1000legs: There are a few words I've only seen in print, then heard in audio books with British narrators, so I assume I say the proper American pronunciation and the Brits are all British with their pronunciations of "ichor" and "detritus".

How do you pronounce them? I'd say ick-or and de-trite-us. But then I get confused about which is supposed to be the Brit or American pronunciations of "schedule" and will use either.


I'd assumed "ICK-er" and "DEH-trəh-tiss".  All the narration in the 40k audiobooks is "EYE-core" and "deh-TRY-tiss". I think some cards in Munchkin use "ICK-er" rhymes/puns.
 
2021-10-18 8:40:04 AM  
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2021-10-18 8:43:42 AM  

potierrh: I came here expecting a gif / jif argument.


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2021-10-18 8:52:20 AM  
5. Cache
Maybe it's because it's one letter short of cachet. Maybe it's just more fun to mispronounce. This words sounds just like cash
.

Yes, it is pronounce cash.  But cachet is allowed if you're blitzed.
 
2021-10-18 8:58:53 AM  
As long as we're including proper nouns:

There's a famous Italian Sportcar manufacturer that most non-Italians
mispronounce as lam-bro-GEE-nee.

It's correctly pronounced lam-BROG-ih-nee.

/I am full of shiat
//But have fun trolling your friends and coworkers with this one if you can keep a straight face.
 
2021-10-18 9:09:03 AM  

iron de havilland: I know a guy: I have never, ever, not once, heard "Seuss" pronounced as anything other than "Soos". If he wanted it to be pronounced "Soice", he did a piss-poor job of getting the word out.

I pronounce it that way because that's how "eu" in German is pronounced. Like Sigmund Freud or schadenfreude.


True. With what little I know now about German pronunciation, if I were to see the word "Seuss" for the first time today, I would assume it is pronounced "Soice".

However, in my nearly 50 years of existence, I have never heard the word pronounced as anything other than "Soos".
 
2021-10-18 9:24:33 AM  
The p in helicopter should be pronounced with a silent p.

Helico = spiral, pter = wing.
 
2021-10-18 9:28:25 AM  

ReluctantLondon: potierrh: I came here expecting a gif / jif argument.

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2021-10-18 9:33:02 AM  
GREEN-light or Green-LIGHT?  The correct pronunciation is "HAHAHA YOUR SUBMITTAL SUCKS, REDLIGHT!!!!"
 
2021-10-18 9:36:41 AM  
4. Comptroller
This word sounds just like controller. If you're tempted to pronounce that silent pt, please comptroll yourself!


Wait, am I supposed to say "comroller"?  It specifically says not to pronounce the "T."  Also, if I would have to pronounce the "M" as an "N," ignore the "P" and pronounce the "T" for it to sound just like "controller."  I don't know what the hell they're trying to tell me here.

/I'll continue to pronounce it "comp-troller"
 
2021-10-18 9:38:31 AM  

xanadian: ReluctantLondon: potierrh: I came here expecting a gif / jif argument.

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2021-10-18 9:47:55 AM  

mike_d85: 4. Comptroller
This word sounds just like controller. If you're tempted to pronounce that silent pt, please comptroll yourself!

Wait, am I supposed to say "comroller"?  It specifically says not to pronounce the "T."  Also, if I would have to pronounce the "M" as an "N," ignore the "P" and pronounce the "T" for it to sound just like "controller."  I don't know what the hell they're trying to tell me here.

/I'll continue to pronounce it "comp-troller"


I'm thinking the author of TFA is just comp-trolling us.
 
2021-10-18 9:49:47 AM  

iron de havilland: I know a guy: I have never, ever, not once, heard "Seuss" pronounced as anything other than "Soos". If he wanted it to be pronounced "Soice", he did a piss-poor job of getting the word out.

I pronounce it that way because that's how "eu" in German is pronounced. Like Sigmund Freud or schadenfreude.


It is Soos on the television shows and they even put a little rhyme on some of the books "The simplest Suess for youngest use".  The case is closed, unless I have been saying use wrong all these years.
 
2021-10-18 9:50:34 AM  
Forecastle. Pronounced fo'c'sle (FOHK-sul).
 
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