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.
Sun 16 May, 2021 01:29 pm
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.
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.
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.
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 : )