So my daughter was telling us about her situation with Cher-ome. Her frustration was growing each time she had to talk about her issues with Google and this Cherome... We didn't know what kind of program she was talking about til my husband looked over her shoulder and of course she was talking about Chrome. She said, "Oh, I didn't know the H was silent."
My parents went to a restaurant once they called Pen El Opes. I had not heard of that, and these well read, well educated ppl were talking about a place called Penelope's.
Then I thought of my own... I was telling my husband about how I always clean the cash-ay when I play scrabble... I thought it was like the word "sashay". Apparently it's the same sound as the word for currency... cash... cache. Whatever.
What words have you heard pronounced incorrectly?
I still try to avoid saying gnocci around my more serious Italian friends (the potato pasta). It never seems to be good enough!!!!! And apparently, you can't just say mozzarella without rolling your zz's or something like that. I'm even Italian, but really? Do I have to put that much effort into casual food speak?
Hilarious... every time ppl go thru my line with that, Im afraid to say it. Ive heard it said dozens of times, but for what ever reason I have a mental block up and Im afraid to try it out loud. I think that's b/c Ive heard it pronounced correctly and incorrectly and I don't want to end up on the wrong end of that.
I have heard many, but I just want to post one that I had been saying wrong for at least 40 years.
I only discovered my mispronunciation a few weeks ago.
We have a highway, here on the east coast of Australia, called The Princes Highway.
I, (along with just about everyone I have heard) say the word, Princess Highway.
Good news! I say it correctly now!
I pronounce everything perfectly. And anyone who pronounces anything differently from me is wrong.
Hmmmm....I thought sure I had seen examples where you thought "faux" was pronounced "fox".
So do you want to hear about my stealing episode? Don't tell ED or he will hold it against me til the day I die.
I was 3 years old and, according to my mom, I put a tie, for my dad inside my jacket or dress or something... I don't remember that, but I do remember hiding inside one of those little round turny things you hang clothes on... a round rack.. .whatever. So it had lions marching up one line and then back down the other side... I don't know why I liked it, but I thought he had to have it. I guess she bought it... I think. I probably got a spanking, I don't remember. And that's my stealing story. You're welcome.
My husband does pronounce and spell everything correctly, but one night he was talking about how "gotchie" something was. I asked how he spelled that word and he spelled it gauche. I laughed. He didn't know any French in those days. I mispronounce words all the time, never had phonics , my mother's New England accent confused me. I Pronounced Virginia, Vir gin i a until my cousin was telling me about her sister-in-law Virginia, it was then I caught onto the accent. I put an r at the end of idea most of elementary school.
lol. That reminds me of my mom. When I was 6 I said something about Mc Dong Galds. She said it was pronounced Mc Don alds. I said, "I don't think it matters." She said, "People will laugh at you."
To this day her response still seems wrong on so many levels. lol
It's not cashay? I don't think I have anything to contribute here.
There is a hub in the difference between 'cachet and cache'.
Or just a hub 'Why don't the French leave us Alone?'
lol. What would they be doing if they weren't out feeling superior to the rest of us?
The reason that there are so many French words in the English language is down to the Norman invasion of England in 1066.
The Normans were Vikings who conquered a piece of Northern France and were so smitten with French culture that they immediately became more French than the natives. They could still fight though, being Viking, and did some smiting across the channel.
Otherwise we would all be grunting English like Angles and Saxons.
History usually silences the plebeian element.
E M Forster.
Feel like daubin a little learnin round today.
It's like you speak in code. By the time Ive googled and tried to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, you've gone to bed.
Am currently shaving and admiring the new day. And dribbling suds on the keyboard.
But must soon fetch water for breakfast. Not from a well (that might be fatal) nor from a split palm tree (though that might be tasty). Just from a shop.
So Good Morning. Exit right...
(Oh, good morning.) You can have some of mine. My son asked tonight why we didn't just refill the bottles. I asked him where. He said from the tap... So basically he just wanted a plastic bottle to serve as a glass I spose. He said it would be better for the environment. I told him the water wouldn't be as healthy or taste as good... and that was more important to me than the environment. I think he thinks less of me now.
Drinking tap water means you live in a country where all the Injuns are dead or very well behaved, the wolves are dead or very well behaved, the bears are dead or very well behaved and the bacteria are dead or very well behaved.
I don't, sadly.
I need special water from a special machine that is besieged by Injuns, bears, wolves and bacteria.
We say Native Americans.
edit... you really did mean Native Americans? I thought it was a word I didn't know, so I googled it. Oy.
Sorry Beth. Drinkable tap water, prosaic as it is, did take a lot more doing than most people usually imagine.
You would not be enjoying all the comforts of domesticity without huge slaughter.
p.s. Walter Brennan still says injuns in the movies.
p.p.s read Washington Irvine recently. He was not a man to forget true histories for sentimental reasons
How could he possibly still be saying that? He died in 1974.
I saw him with Lauren Bacall the other day, talking about getting bit by dead bees!
The most beautiful woman that ever lived. (Lauren, not Walter.)
You did wonderfully well changing the subject there, Beth.
Also, I feel like saying something rude about my fantasies regarding Lauren and Katherine (but she was yar!) Hepburn.
But I better not.
I loved them too... although I was about 7 when I first watched their movies on TV.
(I named my oldest son after Spencer Tracy.)
If you can't see the image, here's the link: http://www.asjcollection.com/current/grnadma.html
It's probably a pic of me... can't see it though.
Well I am off to get breakfast.
I would say, though, that whatever has ever happened is still there. And you cannot change it with a few kinder words.
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