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There are certain words that drive me absolutely crazy when I hear them mispronounced - especially on TV (more than in regular conversation for some reason).

At the top of my list is the word "jewelry" -  when I hear an ad for a jewelry store on the radio and they say "jew-lery" I want to jam pins in my ears!

I seem to remember my mom had some issues once with the pronunciation of the word "elementary" as in "elementary school",  The Big Guy has a friend who consistently mispronounces the word "complementary", and my mother-in-law used to drive my ex-brother-in-law insane by mispronouncing the word "taut" (I think on purpose). 

It's Feedback Friday...

What word drives you CRAZY when you hear it mispronounced?


  1. Well, I haven't decided which I prefer for the word pecan. "Pe-cahn" or "Pee-Can". The former I think.

  2. My husband once said compilEation instead of compilation...what planet did that come from?!? So now whenever he does something ridiculous, I whisper compileation in his ear ;) Now that we're on the boarder, we mispronounce everything! So sorry, I was raised on phonics! And the street signs don't have tildes, not my fault if I nnn instead of nyeh lol!

  3. Have you seen this: http://www.businessinsider.com/22-maps-that-show-the-deepest-linguistic-conflicts-in-america-2013-6#everyone-knows-that-the-midwest-calls-it-pop-the-northeast-and-west-coast-call-it-soda-while-the-south-is-really-into-brand-loyalty-11
    I found it absolutely fascinating. My husband and I grew up in different parts of the country and we were amazed how many things we say differently, and never noticed.

    In Maryland they leave out the "L" sound in the middle of words. For example "wolf" is pronounced "woof". I about how to pull my boys out of Cub Scouts:)

  4. I live in Wales and we've just had a choir visit us from GA who can't seem to say Wales and instead pronounce it Wells. We say it Wayels like a whale. We still let them stay though, wow, they sang so very beautifully!

  5. My biggest is library. It's li-BRARY, not li-Berry.

    Also a local one: Buena Vista. It's BWAY-na, not BYOU-na. That's the name of our school district, and they've been in the news a lot lately. Drives me batty when the reporters say it wrong.

    Oh and I can't leave out warsh..there's no r in wash.

  6. Supposedly and probably. "Probly"... laziness. "Supposably." ugh.


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