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Okay, following yesterday’s meme, here’s the video of me saying the words, followed by the answer key. Now, because I already knew the answers (PH tested me on these when we were geeking out over the weekend), I cheat a little bit and discuss the correct pronunciations in the video. So if you haven’t done it yet, be warned!
Click the links to go to Dictionary.com and hear the pronunciation, as well as to see notes on it. I put my screw-ups in red for you to admire!
- Correct: arK-tic, Ant-arK-tica. Incorrect: aRtic, AntaRtica.
- Correct: Mauve should rhyme with cove, FO-lee-age. Mispronunciation: mawv, FOIL-age.
- Correct: eLEC-toral, CAND-idate. Incorrect:elecTORal/electorial, CANNidate.
- Correct: diF-theria. Incorrect:diPtheria
- Correct: eSSpecially, eSSpresso. Incorrect: eXspecially, eXpresso.
- Correct: Film, Feb-Ru-ary. Incorrect: fil-im, febYuary (becoming accepted).
- Correct: LibRary, lie-able. Incorrect: libArry, libel.
- Correct: moot should rhyme with hoot and toot. Incorrect: moot rhyming with mute and cute.
- Correct: Off-en, MIS-chiv-ous, just like “mischief” with an ous at the end. Incorrect: off-ten (becoming accepted),Mis-CHEE-VEE-ous.
- Correct: probaBly, pRe-scription. Incorrect: Prolly, pEr-scription
- Correct: Real-tor, REL-e-vant. Incorrect: Ree-la-tor, REV-e-lant
- Correct: RES-pit. Incorrect: res-PITE.
- Correct: UT-most, vol-UP-tuous. Incorrect: UP-most, vol-UMP-tuous.
- Correct: Suppose-edly, ZO-ology. Incorrect: Suppose-ably, ZOO-ology.
- Correct: mEEm, pro-NUN-ci-ation. Incorrect: Mee-mee/may-may, pro-NOUN-ci-ation.
The original link is here.
It’s worth reading because there are some fun misunderstandings of common phrases, too. I couldn’t do that in a written meme, however, because writing it gives it away!
Many of the words this guy lists tend to be regional variations on pronouncing/slurring vowels, especially schwas (how’s that for a word that starts with four consonants?!). This is where Perfect Husband and I tended to differ. While he says things like “mannaise” and “fed-ral”, I say may-on-naise and fed-er-al, because I was raised to do so. Ditto with pronouncing “wh” words differently from “w” words, particularly words like “whet” or “which” that have a different meaning if pronounced “wet” or “witch”.
I tried to avoid many words like that, because I don’t think that’s mispronunciation so much as accent or quick speech.You’ll notice I didn’t pick on whether you said “clothes” or “close” in number 3. Bonus points if you actually pronounce the TH, though, especially if you’re a fast talker.
Also, I out-and-out disagree with some of his claims. He mentions “Tijuana” as a commonly mispronounced word, along with “forte” but Dictionary.com would disagree with him, and if we can’t trust Dictionary.com, who can we turn to in times of trial such as this?? I think that saying people mispronounce “Tijuana” is like complaining that we mispronounce “Paris”: even if it’s not how the French say it, it’s the English word for that city, you know? Besides, “Tijuana” is a slurring of Tia Juana (Aunt Jane) to begin with, even in Spanish.
Some of these “mispronunciations” are becoming accepted (as noted) but are still under debate, so I let them in – let the debate rage! Sadly, my mispronunciations are not under debate.
So… how did you guys do? Someone join me in educated embarrassment, and encourage your own readers to join you in shame as well! If there are lots of us, we could form a group of people who fight for the right to pronounce it res-pite!
And I thought I was good with words…
I would get electoral and diphtheria and zoology wrong too. But is that really true about Antarctica? I’m sure I remember being taught in school that it’s Arctic (with a C) but Antartica – and it was confusing, and you had to memorize which one had the C and which one didn’t.
Nope – I was taught to pronounce the C in both, and dictionary.com pronounces the c, too!
I googled further and found this delightful in-depth investigation:
I would totally get “diphtheria” wrong. I honestly never noticed that it had an “h” after the “p”.
Me either, to be honest.
I’d have gotten diphtheria wrong too.
Red and Dark – electoral (Red blames west wing)
All – diptheria!
Red and I – Febyou-ary, Dark implies the r
Me – of-ten (I say both…but say of-ten more often :P)
Red and Dark – mischevious…
Zoology – All (I didn’t know it was supposed to be zo-ology – though it does make sense!)
That was fun!!!
Maybe its our university’s fault.
I got a bunch wrong too! Bah, your post sort of aggravates me! Haha
The important thing is we’re all wrong together.
We’re quite similiar here- I mispronounce the same things you do except for electoral, and I mispronounce often (off-ten) and mischievous (and as a result often misspell it with an extra i). I also mispronounce February, but I knew about that one. The other ones were surprises to me!