May 10, 2012

Coffee Talk: Mispronounced Words

Okay so after some thought, I've decided to narrow down what I want to write about on a weekly basis.

I will no longer have the Video Pick Monday's; by now I'm sure you've noticed that my Typography Tuesday's are gone; I will keep my Feature Friday's, but I will also add on Trendy Tuesdays (link up) and Thursday Thoughts.

What is Thursday Thoughts? It's me expressing / venting my take on certain issues. It could be anything -- but I'm sure I will have enough material to keep this going.

So here is my first Thursday Thoughts post.

Mispronounced Words 

Funny thing about mispronounced words: Until someone corrects you (often in a very embarrassing situation) or until you inadvertently learn otherwise, you can go an entire life obliviously mispronouncing words.

For my part, it wasn’t until my mid-20s before I realized that “awry” was pronounced: a-rye. I’d always pronounced it to rhyme with “bawdry.” I have no idea why — it’s just the way I read it.

So here is a list of frequently mispronounced words. The list is by no means exhaustive, but provides a good start.

And the one that, I believe, gets everyone, is the word OFTEN. I have always pronounced it OFEN (no 't'). Even though both are correct; research states that the word should be pronounced without the 'T'.

Do any of you have any words to add to this list? I'm sure you do. Can't wait to read what they are...


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  1. I had to chuckle at the Illinois. Folks always say the s and I'm like nooooo, stop.
    Um, so I have to admit, I've been saying Salmon wrong. lol Thanks for the correction.

  2. Too funny. You got me on a couple. Thanks!

  3. looking forward to all the new things on your blog love the casual outfit Im going casual too been so sick and tired lately. Your blog is looking amazing each passing day you go girl!

  4. Thanks for stopping by Corie! This post is fabulous - made me laugh out loud. xoxo Danina

  5. LOL..I will download and print this. I should make a flyer to handout. Good ones Corie.

  6. Ambulance...I swear if I hear one more person on the news talking about "then the am-bah-lance came..." great post, also loving the color of the shirt.

  7. That was a good one! I love the new look of the site.

  8. LOL, I so agree with Dr. Regina! I need flyers for this.
    I also hate when people us words incorrectly like, are and or, to and too, and my all time word that makes me cringe..tooken (instead of taken) Oh my, that grinds my gears! Great post! and cute comfy outfit.

  9. specific---pronounced PACIFIC, like the Ocean, now really people!!! That one makes my ears bleed!!!!

  10. Love it! I hate it when words are mispronounced. If you don't know how to pronounce it, then don't say it at all.
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  11. I'm glad you guys enjoyed this post. I could have written so many other

    Jeeda - I totally forgot about Ambulance! lol

    MissKroberts - I agree with the words you've chosen. It irks me too! And why do people think tooken is a word?! lol

    Besos Lynn - ok Specific was actually on my longer list. I can't stand it! What is so hard with saying the 'S'?

    thanks again for all of your comments...oh and go ahead and make copies! People need to

  12. I had to laugh a little bit at this list because I can identify to some words that I used to think I pronounced right until I find out I pronounced them wrong.
    Good article there

  13. Preogative is still wrong. Should be preRogative.


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