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Do you know how to pronounce these words?
Old 10-21-2019, 12:16 PM
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I found this article fascinating!
https://theweek.com/articles/542820/...-how-pronounce

I got 2 wrong—and 1 is a word I use.

Apparently a lot of useless pronunciations were beaten into me by well-meaning teachers (boatswain, gunwale, victuals....), but I’ve been saying Worcestershire incorrectly (in my defense, I say it like my parents) my whole life—and I guess my kids must be out in the world saying it incorrectly, too. I’ve never tasted or seen a gooseberry, but now I’m ready to pronounce it.


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Oh, for Pete's sake..
Old 10-21-2019, 12:42 PM
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I grew up in New Jersey, we don't even pronounce Jersey correctly! Joy-see is just not right.
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Old 10-21-2019, 01:00 PM
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I got all of them right except “gooseberry”...

Chipmunky, place names are always tricky, it seems. When I lived in Michigan, we had Mackinac and Michilimackinac...both of which have the final syllable pronounced ...naw.

Here in NH, the city of Berlin has the accent on the first syllable. If you pronounce it with the accent on the final syllable, folks think you are talking about a city in Germany. Similarly, the city of Lebanon has a strong accent on the first syllable, and the two final syllables are unaccented. The final syllable is pronounced -nun rather than -non. If you have a bit of an accent on the final syllable as well as the first, and pronounce that short o in the last syllable, you are talking about a country from the Middle East...or you ain’t from ‘round here...

And Baltimore...if you live there, it only has two syllables!
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Old 10-21-2019, 02:27 PM
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I’m a word nerd and love stuff like this. Thanks for sharing.

Have you ever read (or heard of) this book: “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves”? It’s a grammar-nerd beach read

http://https://www.amazon.com/Eats-Shoots-Leaves-Tolerance-Punctuation/dp/1592402038

PS: gooseberries are yummy

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Old 10-21-2019, 02:48 PM
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I got all the nautical terms right and a few of the others. Never heard anyone pronounce forehead to rhyme with horrid.


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Old 10-21-2019, 03:06 PM
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I had zero correct, but my excuse is that English is not my native language.
Regarding the world "forecastle" I always thought it was spelled "fox hole" because that's what it sounded like when someone (apparently) pronounced it correctly.
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Old 10-21-2019, 03:37 PM
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I had zero correct, but my excuse is that English is not my native language.
cvt, I love you so much for saying this because you’re one of the smartest people I know.
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Old 10-21-2019, 03:58 PM
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This quote has always resonated with me, probably because of the merciless teasing I suffered from my family when I first tried to say the word chaos after reading it:
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Old 10-21-2019, 04:20 PM
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I hear you, Zia. I pronounced the word "awry" as aw-ree because that's what it looked like when I read it. My kids got quite a laugh when they told me it was a-ri with a long i. I had heard the word pronounced but just thought it was a different word. I think everyone probably has at least one word they've been mispronouncing their whole life.
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Old 10-21-2019, 04:42 PM
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I think everyone probably has at least one word they've been mispronouncing their whole life
Of course we do. And now I feel terrible. I posted the article for fun. It didn’t even occur to me it would be offensive. So I apologize.

I listen to books as I walk and have been known to exclaim, “Is that how you say it?” Desultory. Epitome. Harbinger.


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Old 10-21-2019, 04:55 PM
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No one said it's offensive.
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Old 10-21-2019, 04:57 PM
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You’re right, thanks!
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Old 10-21-2019, 04:58 PM
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No offense taken, Amiga. I just meant I think we can all relate. It's something we all do. I am always so grateful when someone points out that I've been pronouncing a word wrong. Then, I think of all the times I've said it and no one corrected me
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Old 10-21-2019, 07:00 PM
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Very interesting! I need to work some of these words into daily conversation. Maybe "boatswain" for tomorrow.
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Old 10-21-2019, 07:11 PM
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Thanks for sharing this! I've been mispronouncing most of these forever....not that they are common words in my vocabulary, but still....
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Old 10-21-2019, 07:37 PM
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I will admit that I got all but one wrong (and I've never every heard anyone rhyme forehead with horrid!). But I also don't use any of them when speaking so all are words that I've encountered in books. I'm always excited when I hear the right pronunciation of a word I've only said in my head!


It's like the word lieutenant. It took me forever to realize that the pronunciation "lef-tenant" was referring to the same thing!
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Old 10-21-2019, 08:45 PM
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I got all the nautical terms right and a few of the others. Never heard anyone pronounce forehead to rhyme with horrid.
I’ve never said it any other way (broad Aussie accent, if that’s makes a difference).

On the other hand I’ve always pronounced “waistcoat “ as waist coat.
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