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Mispronounced words.

 
 
roger
 
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Reply Sat 15 May, 2021 07:54 pm
@farmerman,
Back when some of those inner tubes were made of RED rubber, we could also make really good slingshots.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sun 16 May, 2021 10:01 am
Moot point
All too often this word is mispronounced as ‘mute’. Most of those who do this don’t understand the meaning of the word moot.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 16 May, 2021 12:37 pm
@Ragman,
The meaning of 'moot' certainly is a moot point.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 16 May, 2021 12:40 pm
suave
When I did lots of reading but never spoke with anyone, I sounded out my words. Suave was "swave" for a long time.
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 16 May, 2021 01:16 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter Hinteler wrote:

The meaning of 'moot' certainly is a moot point.

Yes, but that doesn't make it the moot point.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sun 16 May, 2021 01:22 pm
There is a difference between something being mispronounced and what are regional and national variations.

Epitome is a word that’s often mispronounced, usually by people reading it for the first time.

Words change sound and meaning. The W in sword used to be pronounced, now it’s silent.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 16 May, 2021 01:29 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:

Walter Hinteler wrote:

The meaning of 'moot' certainly is a moot point.

Yes, but that doesn't make it the moot point.
I'll wait until the moot-bell has be rung to summon people to a moot, where they will moot these arguments. Afterwards, that might become my moot point.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 16 May, 2021 01:45 pm
There was a little girl
BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.

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coluber2001
 
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Reply Sun 16 May, 2021 02:32 pm
Then there are place names. Residents may pronounce their city differently from outsiders. For instance, I was born in Muh-waukee, aka Milwaukee.

Biloxi, Ms residents won't take it kindly unless you pronounce it Biluxi.

Lafayette, Louisiana is pronounced Laugh-ayette, not Loff-ayette.

Mobile, Alabama. Somebody told me a northerner pronounced it Mo'-bile as in Nile instead of Mo'-beel. Of course the sculpture is pronounced mo'-beel. But if you're ambulatory, you're mo'-bull.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 16 May, 2021 05:47 pm
Ambergris puzzled me until I looked it up.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 16 May, 2021 08:52 pm
Quahog
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Joeblow
 
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2021 02:57 am
And everybody's favourite, quinoa.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2021 03:16 am
@coluber2001,
In Britain, every town or city that ends borough is pronounced bruh.

Scarborough, Scarbruh, Peterborough, Peterbruh.

Edinburgh doesn’t even have borough in it, but that doesn’t stop Americans pronouncing it Edinburrow, like all the other burrows that don’t exist over here.
Joeblow
 
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2021 03:53 am
@izzythepush,
It wasn't that long ago that you had me muttering potato potato potato to see if I could figure out just exactly how I say it, and now I'm doing the same thing with Scarborough! We have both a Scarborough and a Peterborough within driving distance. Peterborough has 4 distinct syllables, while Scarborough sounds more like scar bro or maybe scar ber row, only we kind of slur it altogether and read it like poetry : )
Joeblow
 
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2021 04:19 am
@Joeblow,
Which reminds me... when our little one was about 10, he handed me a folded piece of paper. I opened it and read:

(Joeblow) is a pritty girl and I love her

Very Happy

How do people say pretty?
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2021 04:50 am
@Joeblow,
It’s pronounced per tay ter.

And tomato is pronounced ter mar ter
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2021 04:51 am
@Joeblow,
What about Gloucester?

Gloster.

Leicester?

Lester.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2021 05:07 am
@izzythepush,

how do you pronounce Worcestershire?

we say WUSTA-sheer ...
izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2021 05:22 am
@Region Philbis,
Like Worcester but with Shire at the end.

Worcestershire is the county, Worcester is the county town.

We call it Worcester sauce, as it originates in the town or Lea & Perrins as that’s the main brand, all others are limitations.

We would pronounce it Wuss, ter shuh if we were to mention the county.
farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2021 06:37 am
@coluber2001,
the multi gen citizens of Philadelphia often pronounce it"Phul-LEF'-ee-uh" when among their peers in the bars..

Course my adopted home of NAWLINS.

I could never pronounce Tukumkari correctly.


I always had problems with many Native American towns .


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