Dec 16 2010

Mispronounced words...are you guilty?!

What words do you irritate others by mispronouncing? Is there a word that others mispronounce and it drives you crazy?

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12/16/2010 1:55:13 PM
Zulema United States
When I say Arkansas (Are and Kansas) instead of (Ar-kan-saww). and it irritates me that Kansas is pronounced as it should but A R is placed in front of it and now it has a completely different pronunciation.  
12/16/2010 1:57:35 PM
Georgia United States
I makes me laugh when Pastor's pronounce naked as neck-ed!!!!!!!  Adam & Eve wasn't necked they were naked.  
12/16/2010 1:57:47 PM
jennifer bloxham United States
jennifer bloxham
i laughed when i heard you guys on the way home from work today.  my mom says 'melk' instead of milk and it drives my hubby crazy!  i say 'amond' instead of almond but thats a local thing.  when the nut is in the tree its an aLmond but when it falls the L falls also so its an amond. but for some reason still spelled almond Smile
12/16/2010 1:58:23 PM
Amanda United States
I used to work at a bank as a teller. One of the things that used to bother me was when people would refer to their checking account as their "checkings." I had to catch myself from saying "no, no... it's your 'checking'... singular."

Another word is one my dad says a lot... "warsh" instead of "wash." My grandmother also says it. Maybe it's a Texan thing?
12/16/2010 1:59:17 PM
Ruth-Alma United States
oh my pet peeve and other people's too:
Iraq and Iran are NOT pronounced Eye-raq or Eye-ran, they are prounounced EEE-raq and EEE-ran, America should get it right...we're allready stepping on some toes there... Tong
12/16/2010 1:59:59 PM
Becky United States
It drives me crazy when people say expecially instead of especially. Or expresso instead of esspresso. There is no X in either of those words!  =)
12/16/2010 2:02:30 PM
Erik United States
I love this subject! My sister-in-law is the sweetest person I know from WI (I only know one) but she says "hamm-ock" when we say hamm-ick..phonetically I think she is right but it takes you by surprise. She also calls a bag a "Beg" like bagel, she is so funny.
12/16/2010 2:06:20 PM
Wale Canada
For some people I think it's all about where they grew up.
But young people in London,England would pronounce Isn't it as In't. I hated it so much when i was there last April.
12/16/2010 2:09:19 PM
Marc United States
A relative says rotator cup. It is rotator CUFF. It is not a cup.
12/16/2010 2:09:31 PM
Frank United States
12/16/2010 2:10:02 PM
Tammy United States
nuclear NOT nuke you lar
12/16/2010 2:10:55 PM
Karen United States
How about "supposeBLY" instead of supposedly. I have know some higly educated people that say it with a B.
12/16/2010 2:11:16 PM
Sara United States
I can relate so well to this subject! Why have you not done this sooner!? My "bug" is when people say "q-cumber" when the correct pronunciation is coo-cumber. Our local grocery store is Fred Meyer but I hear too many people say it plural: "I am going to Fred Meyers". You don't say "I am going to Wal-Marts." Ughhh, it drives me bonkers.
12/16/2010 2:15:02 PM
Wes United States
It irritates me when people pronounce "realtor" as "realitor"...with an "I". There is no "I" in realtor!
12/16/2010 2:15:04 PM
Lauren United States
I went on a leadership conference to D.C. (I'm from Illinois)and met LOTS of other teens from all over. The first thing we talked about was how everyone pronounced words. In WI its beg not bag. About 20 girls talked for over an hour about all the ways different states say things, or even the different areas, or towns in those states. Pellow instead of pillow and buddon instead of button. Its either irritating or funny.
12/16/2010 2:16:10 PM
Lisa United States
Instead of saying 'water' my aunt says 'worter'.  My sisters and I always found this comical when we were growing up.
12/16/2010 2:16:18 PM
Kailee United States
Just recently i was telling my cousin about a song i reslly liked that i had heard on K-Love, he then asked me if I knew why they had named the station Caleb because he would like to know! so i set him straight and I told him its K-Love!!
12/16/2010 2:16:53 PM
Cher'rie United States
People who say Pe- can instead of Pe con.
Now pecan trees come from the south and so do I so come on who knows how to pronounce that one correctly!
12/16/2010 2:17:56 PM
Lauren United States
Oh, and Illinois. The "s" is silent.
And.. I'm not sure on Missouri. Half the state says "MissourA" and the other says "MissourE" ..So what is it?
12/16/2010 2:17:57 PM
Doug United States
When adults say basketti instead of spaghetti.
12/16/2010 2:18:23 PM
Karen United States
rotor cuff/rotar cup instead of rotator cuff
and my parents say masochist with the "ch" sound instead of a "k" (of course I could list dozens they pronounce wrong - starting with the warsh/wash thing)
12/16/2010 2:20:58 PM
Rachel United States
If you grew up any near the Appalachian mountains it will always be "irregardless" Smile
12/16/2010 2:26:32 PM
Dave United States
I have NEVER heard a radio personality, news, weather, dj, etc., say Feh-Brew-ary.  It is always Feb-you-ary.  Two (2), count them, two (2) r's in February.  The second worst is ax me a question!!!!~
12/16/2010 2:54:07 PM
Shannon United States
Nuc-u-lar drives me crazy - I work in the industry and more than 1/2 the people here say it that way. It's new-clear! Also supposebly - there's no B in that's supposeDly. The most frustrating part? Even after you gently tell them the correct pronunciation they continue to do it. Don't even get me started on "I could care less" - not a mispronunciation, but if you COULD care LESS, that means you care! It's could'NT care less. Love y'all Smile
12/16/2010 3:08:01 PM
Adam United States
The English language is a difficult language.  It's no wonder that foreigners have such a hard time understanding.  Yesterday, my Dad went in for a surger on his torn meniscus on his right knee.  Well, I received a text from my Mom saying that it is going to be a long procedure because he had to tears.  Well, when I read the text, all could see was a tear in each of my Father's eyes.  Who said that tear (to tear a piece of paper) and tear (what you shed when you're sad) could be spelt the same????  UUuuggghhhh!
12/16/2010 3:09:54 PM
Adam United States
To Shannon, a similar situation is "irregardless" dose that mean that it's reguarding now????
12/16/2010 3:20:17 PM
Jan United States
Where do I start??  How about "medium" instead of "median" haha or "Wal-Marks" instead of "Wal-Mart"!  Somebody commented earlier about their grandmother "warshing" her hands....mine would "wrench" hers! Finally - there is no "R" in Pillow!  I have a sister-in-law that sleeps on a piller, but I think that's just a country thing!! lol
12/16/2010 3:31:44 PM
Alec United States
I am so guilty of this. To the point that I actually make an effort to pronounce words wrong. But I never knew that the round thing on the door at Christmas is a wreath and not a reef
12/16/2010 3:49:58 PM
Jael United States
I know this is weird BUT when I have a paper and my mom mispronounces Thesis and pronounces Theesees UGH it irritates me so much also I hate it when people mispronounce my name I know it is spelled weird but how does Jael look like Jail, Jeal, Joel, JoEl, or JoEllen? it is pronounced JL lol!
12/16/2010 3:51:19 PM
Jael United States
also I mispronounce the word Frisby by saying Thrisby and instead of Thumb I say Fumb and instead of saying Finger I say thinger it drives my brother CRAZY!
12/16/2010 3:57:36 PM
Danielle United States
I live in Northern New York and I work in a dental office, it drives me nuts when we see patients and they say, "My gums (pronouncing it gooms) are sore..." It took me like six months to figure out what they were saying...I am not from around here....I only moved here a few years ago...
12/16/2010 4:13:16 PM
Pam United States
Ok, so I'm listening to you guys now about the aunt and ant thing. haha! Ant is Southern slang! Laughing Anyway, I have two peeve mispronounced words...I have a coworker who says "pacific" instead of "specific" - this an educated teacher! OMG! My other is for someone to say "plaskit" instead of "plastic". Yeah, I'm an English teacher. Smile Thanks, Scott and Kelli, for making my days!
12/16/2010 4:13:37 PM
Wendy United States
MY mother loves to say " I am going to go warsh my hands" instead of wash.

And my sister says " I am going to go blowerdry my hair" instead of I am going to go blow dry my hair.  

It drives me crazy but always makes me smile.
12/16/2010 4:14:50 PM
Ryan Marks United States
Ryan Marks
i hate when people pronounce mature matoore! its like they are trying to sound more mature
12/16/2010 4:15:40 PM
Jael United States
I also want to comment that I hate it when people mispronounce wifi! my friends grandma pronounces it WIFY and I hate it when people mispronounce stuff like Education and make up words like Edgamication or Kindygaden or Shanostril for nose.. it irritates me a whole lot! haha
12/16/2010 4:17:49 PM
Jael United States
also I tick off my english teacher and any teacher when I say I doesnt have that me is hungery or when I say Synamon (the english type of word thing) for the food word Cinamon (and vise-versa hahahaha
12/16/2010 4:18:00 PM
Gayle United States
How about "acrost" versus "across" or "warsh" versus "wash"....I hear those ALL the time and they get me!  "I went acrost the bridge this morning to warsh my car"...its just crazy talk!  
12/16/2010 4:21:00 PM
Heidi United States
when people say expecially instead of bothers me
12/16/2010 4:21:04 PM
Pamela United States
Hey, sometimes the way we pronounce words depends on the region where we were raised. I lived in MI, moved to CO and was corrected that Portland is not in Or-ah-gohn.  
12/16/2010 4:21:37 PM
Eric Frandsen United States
Eric Frandsen
when ppl over pronounce the H's in words like wHHHHiP cream XD love ya Klove!
12/16/2010 4:26:08 PM
Ric Plate United States
Ric Plate
A phrase that bothers me is "near miss".  Isn't a near miss a "hit"?
12/16/2010 4:27:40 PM
Darlene Olson United States
Darlene Olson
People say "irregardless" all the time and it drives me nuts!!!!  It is redundant of the word "regardless".  
12/16/2010 4:36:32 PM
Linda Koester United States
Linda Koester
Scott,  I am with you.  It is "AUNT" only because I am not an "ant".  I think this is a mid-west thing.
12/16/2010 4:37:46 PM
Sara United States
I say woof instead of wolf.  When I mispronounce something, I usually follow it up with, "Yes, I are a college grad-you-ate."  And, by the way, it is Mizzourah to the folks down south state and MizzourE to those of us in the middle and north.  My husband used to say, "Come thither" instead of "Come hither".  I also say dawg instead of dog.  Sometimes you have to embrace those sill little things.  Wink

Funny topic!
12/16/2010 4:38:52 PM
Yvonne Owens United States
Yvonne Owens
The two words that bother me the most are "flustrated" a mixture of flustered and frustrated and even more...mixing up Calvary and cavalry! I hate that one! It's like blasphemy in my ears!
12/16/2010 4:41:43 PM
Amy United States
I am from Lubbock, Texas. Pronounced, LubbOCK, just like it's spelled. Drives me nuts to hear people say, "LubBIK".

We say Mob-ul, not Mo-bile, and in England, they say "Al-u-min-ee-um, instead of al-oo-min-um. :p

Thanks for making my day with these comments. Amazing to know the regional dialects.
12/16/2010 4:42:43 PM
Hannah United States
I have to comment on the "AUNT" argument. I have a neice and nephew, and if they called me "AUNT" I would feel 100 years old, I am their aunt (ant), the u is silent in my book. Also, Wal-mart is singular, I cringe when people say they are going to Wal-marts. Last, Brookshire's is pronounced Brookshure's not BrookSHIRE's. We are all goofy like that!! Have a blessed Day!!
12/16/2010 4:47:48 PM
Melissa Gregg United States
Melissa Gregg
I say aunt the same way you do! "Aunt" seems too swanky. I think Linda is right...I'm from the Midwest.
12/16/2010 4:48:22 PM
Yvonne Owens United States
Yvonne Owens
BTW, I think it is hilarious that there are so many misspelled words in these posts. I'm a teacher and that really bugs me!
...AND My name is Yvonne which is correctly pronounced E-von not YA-von or Yi-von or Y-va-nee!
12/16/2010 4:48:34 PM
Stephen United States
My mom is notorious for mispronouncing words.  One of her biggest ones was documentaries.  Being a film major I hear the word pronnounced all the time as DOC-umentary.  My mom has this thing that makes her think that documen-TARY is the proper pronunciation!  She also adds s's to words.  We don't go to Walmart we go to Walmart-s, makes me cringe!!!  But you gotta love her!
12/16/2010 4:58:29 PM
Renee United States
I have 2 things to say... one I want to tell you that the proper pronunciation of the word "aunt" is ant according to the dictionary the "u" is silent and it gives the pronunciation of "ant & aant". the 2nd thing is my dad instead of saying the word "against" says "agin" as in he threw something up "agin" the wall which totally cracks me up.... been trying to call for quite a while now but getting busy tone so decided to write instead.
12/16/2010 5:07:40 PM
Susan United States
It's irritating when as DJ's you can't put the "ing" on the end of words..when the short cut is always said lovin,going,sendin,bein etc. And the DJ who NEVER completes the "ing" is named odd is that!  You should all call her Sterlin.
12/16/2010 5:10:01 PM
Shauna United States
instead of saying "mayonnaise", my dad says "mandaise". We correct him all the time Smile

12/16/2010 5:23:06 PM
Jan United States
My daughter's Biology teacher called nuclear and nucleus "nucular" and "nuculus"! You'd think she'd know!!  

When my husband used to take meat out of the freezer to thaw, he would say "unthaw"!  It turns out mom-in-law says it,too!  I ribbed my husband so much, it cured him!
12/16/2010 6:31:01 PM
peter United States
My comment is just the same as Georgia's. My pastor was born in the South, in the mountains. Every time he reads the word naked in the Bible, he says neked.
It is so funny. He is such a godly man.
12/16/2010 7:50:54 PM
Ruth-Alma United States
another HUGE peeve it when people say sonometer for Centimeter...what on earth is a sonometer? is it used for measuring sound?? seriously!!! it's CENT-I- meter.. Tong
12/16/2010 9:01:41 PM
Teresa United States
I really grind my teeth when I hear someone say something is a "mute point".  Honestly, if you're going to try and talk fancy and call something MOOT, at least know how to pronounce it!  I also cringe when one of my co-workers talks about her lunch and what kind of a "sammich" she brought that day!  The funniest mis-speaking I've ever heard, though, has to have been from my wonderful grandmother.  Because of tragic family circumstances, she never made it past the 1st grade in school, and never learned to read or write.  Much of what she learned, she learned from hearing, and sometimes she heard things just a little bit off.  For instance---she called the analgesic tablets with the brand name Anacin "Andersons" instead.  She'd say something like:  "My back has been hurting this morning, I think I'll take a couple of Andersons".  I wish I could remember everything she said that we privately giggled about, but I know I'll never forget her mis-pronouncing "crutches".  (My grandfather had a leg amputated, late in life,  due to cancer, and got around the house on crutches).  Unfortunately, Grandma called them "crotches"!  It got really bad when one of my cousins was injured in a high school football game and needed some ambulatory assistance.  Grandma made a big point of telling his parents that they didn't need to spend the money on a new pair of "crotches", because my cousin could just use an old pair of Grandpa's!  We really loved her, and her quotable quotes.
12/16/2010 9:33:39 PM
Tiffany United States
My sister says "anti-b-otic" for antibiotic.  And my mom used to say "creyn" for crayon - now she just avoids the word altogether b/c we gave her such a hard time.  Also, my husband says "awrs" for hours.  Smile
12/16/2010 10:48:18 PM
Laura United States
Oh my goodness, I have so many.  

My grandma grew up in Kentucky & West Virginia, so she says so many things wrong.  A few of my favorites...I'm gonna take a SHARE instead of a SHOWER....I'll be ready in about an AIR...instead of an HOUR.  Open the WINDER instead of Window.  Uh, I could go on forever.

My mom says Battree (Battery)...Funny thing is both my dad and my husband work at a factory that make car batteries...she says they work at "_____ BATTREE"

My husband and I argue of CARMUL and CARAMEL.  

He also pronouces my name wrong (LARAH) instead of LOR-AH)

I used to say LAWYUR istead of LOYYER for Lawyer, and my best friend drove me NUTS about it, so I say it correctly now.  

HUGE pet peeve is HOOMAN for Human.  
12/16/2010 11:22:02 PM
Rich United States
I heard the discussion about mispronouncing Aunt.  I say it like ant also.  I heard Scott say he is right about the way it should be said Smile  I thought this may be helpful.
there is a sound file that tells the proper pronunciation and it is ant or ahnt.  Love you all.  K Love helped me come to Christ, and brought me out of the darkest time of my life.  I was divorced, and raising a child on my own.  My finances were a wreck, and I had been diagnosed with an STD a few years after my divorce.  I thought I would die alone.  I had no hope, and no faith.  "What faith can do"  helped me in my journey with Christ.  Just wanted to thank you for being you, and for following God's calling for your lives.
12/17/2010 1:07:07 AM
Mary United States
Two people close to me drive me crazy with these:
1. ideal for idea
2. simular for similar
But the one that cracked me up the most was when my friend's husband would refer to his cabin cruiser (boat) as a cabinet cruiser.
12/17/2010 11:32:35 AM
CJ United States
Oregon is constantly prounced "OR GONE"
Its Orey gun
12/17/2010 12:53:03 PM
Candace United States
A lady my sister and I worked for used to pronounce menudo (mexican soup) as "menoodle". It's meh-new-thoh. We never corrected her and one day she was speaking to a man and said it. The man asked her what she was talking about and when she explained he said, "Oh, I thought you said menoodle. It's menudo." hilarious
12/17/2010 1:01:12 PM
Amy United States
My says "Ibupropren" instead of Ibuprofen. Drives me crazy, but I don't tell him he's pronouncing it wrong.

Because of regional dialect, I catch myself saying "prolly", instead of "probably". I have to work on that. And the way I say "ask" sounds..well..unprintable. :p
12/17/2010 1:46:20 PM
Dennis United States
schedule. it is now pronounced "schedule".
12/17/2010 1:48:05 PM
Erin United States
Oh I've got a few mispronounced words that drive me nuts!

Brav-uh-doe instead of Bravado
Nuc-u-lar instead of nuclear
Jew-ler-y instead of jewelry

I know there is more, but those are the main ones I hear.
12/17/2010 3:19:33 PM
Michael United States
I have the worst one that every body has done at one point and 50% of all Americans don't know they do it but they do it is "saw" so many people say it like "saul" there is not a "U" in there they need to stop saying my dad gets so mad because i do it so much.
12/17/2010 5:36:15 PM
derian medina United States
derian medina
when people say the gateway arch wronge. They say the gateway "ARK".... that is what really disturbes me.
12/18/2010 4:36:57 PM
Cierra Kohlman United States
Cierra Kohlman
This isn't about miss-pronouncing word but my nerdy friend, Olibia will always correct my grammar!!!! i like to drize her nuts by purposely using horrible grammar!!!
12/18/2010 4:52:13 PM
Rachel United States
There are so many that i can think of! When people say Valenti"m'es day!! instead of valentines... of when they say "punkin"...instead of pumpkin! haha Smile  
12/18/2010 5:13:48 PM
Cierra Kohlman United States
Cierra Kohlman
I love when my Bible study teacher miss-pronounces my friend's name, Gabrielle!!!!! She will say "Gaubrielle"!!!!! I think it is the most funniest thing!!!!!
12/18/2010 5:17:35 PM
Cierra Kohlman United States
Cierra Kohlman
I hate it when people from down south say Nevauda, it is NEVADA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am from Wahington state and it dries me insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
12/18/2010 5:17:46 PM
Tammy United States
My momm says sammich insted of sandwich,arn instead of iron and surp instead of syrup
12/18/2010 6:48:09 PM
Charity Adams United States
Charity Adams
I hate it when people correct me on "saw" instead of "seen". I'm country and seen sounds better lol.

My papaw says sank (sink), warsh (wash), hallelujar (hallelujah), etc.

I also hate it when people say:
**"ont" instead of "ant" (aunt).
**"care-uh-mel instead of car-mool (Caramel)
12/18/2010 6:55:24 PM
Leslie United States
To me, the most annoying one is "axed" instead of asked. I also have a friend that says "pacific" instead of specific.
12/19/2010 12:21:30 PM
Sheila United States
It bothers me when people pronounce the S in Illinois.  
12/19/2010 1:50:18 PM
Naomi United States
My brother gets bothered when he hears Walgreen's being referred to as Walgreen!
12/21/2010 9:28:30 AM
Paylor United States
Haha. I cracked me up to hear you two argue over how to pronounce Aunt. I also say it like ant. It bothers me when people say pillow like pellow.
12/21/2010 2:40:46 PM
Ami United States
I just moved to Texas and everyone pronounces roof as ruf. IT DRIVES ME CRAZY! It sounds like a dog barking:"I have a hole in my ruff". I guess its a southern thing.
12/22/2010 11:07:43 AM
deborah United States
I CANNOT STAND IT!!!-- Libarry instead of library
12/22/2010 3:05:02 PM
Kristin United States
Ugh. I am from Wisconsin, and yes, I have read a few comments on here making fun of how people from Wisconsin talk, especailly saying the word "bag". I live in Oregon now, and I get made fun of the way I talk when I talk to other people, especially my friends. I have lived here long enough now that I'm starting to pick up on the way people pronounce things here, so when I come home, my parents complain that I am saying things wrong. It's like I never win!
12/23/2010 10:23:38 PM
Kristin United States
Another thing is when people leave of the -ed on words. It's whippED cream, not whip cream. I don't like whip cream, I like whipped cream.
12/27/2010 9:16:48 AM
Donna United States
i like to mispernounce words to make my frinds laugh lol
12/28/2010 7:51:37 PM
Karee United States
my husband always talks about motorsickles. yes thats he calls them, not motorcycles, but motorsickles
12/28/2010 7:52:38 PM
Karee United States
my husband always talks about motorsickles. Yes, not motorcycles, he saids motorsickles
12/28/2010 7:52:59 PM
my husband always talks about motorsickles. Yes, not motorcycles, he saids motorsickles
12/28/2010 7:53:09 PM
my husband always talks about motorsickles. Yes, not motorcycles, he saids motorsickles
12/29/2010 5:57:17 PM
Andrew United States
I speak 3 languages fluently and work over the phone as an interpreter. It happens often when customer service representatives who request our assistance call us interpreTATOr. Oh wow! I try to take it easy and pretend I haven't heard what they just said )))
12/30/2010 11:40:41 AM
Donna United States
I have some friends that say sangwich instead of sandwich.  There is no "g" in sandwich, but maybe it's a colorado way of pronouncing sandwich.
12/31/2010 5:54:46 PM
Tammy United States
I was just asked this week why my Christmas Day was so "regimentated"! I'm screaming in my head No! No! You didn't just say that! lol
1/7/2011 4:45:31 PM
jackie United States
I scream in my head when people say PROST-R-ATE instead of prost-a-te. ugh.
My Son and I play this game where we txt eachother words we hate or names of things we can't stand to hear. We txt back and forth until one of us can't think of anymore.
1/7/2011 4:47:07 PM
jackie United States
My sister says HusbanT...( she is no longer married-go figure.)just kidding sis.
She also says Ableance instead of Ambulance.
1/7/2011 4:47:18 PM
My sister says HusbanT...( she is no longer married-go figure.)just kidding sis.
She also says Ableance instead of Ambulance.
1/7/2011 4:47:46 PM
My sister says HusbanT.
She also says Ableance instead of Ambulance.
1/11/2011 12:28:23 PM
Keith United States
I knew a woman who said "mayonnaise" as MY-NAZZ.
There are alot of people who say "LI-BA-RY" instead of library. AM-BOO-LANCE is another one.
1/17/2011 3:18:50 PM
Track Girl United States
Track Girl
ohemgee! i hate it when people say water weird. like whoo-ter insted of waaaww-ter. it makes me laugh. plus the whole beg instead of bag thing is funny!!! Smile))
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