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Your Favourite Mispronunciations

Discussion in 'General' started by Bauul, 14 Jul 2008.

  1. capnPedro

    capnPedro Hacker. Maker. Engineer.

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    http://www.mit.edu/~wchuang/humor/college/English_is_Crazy.html
    Don't forget "queue".
    English is weird, but American English is worse. What's with all the 'Z's instead of 'S's.

    Ka is definitely "car".

    Not a mispronunciation, but using "imply" when you mean "infer". Also thinking about prepositions at the end of sentences and double negatives makes me realise how much of a pedant I really am.
     
  2. cpemma

    cpemma Ecky thump

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    On that (and a few more examples) the Yanks have the right of it, historically. We changed the 'z' in words like 'realize' to an 's' after America had been colonized; they stayed with the traditional spellings.
     
  3. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    Privacy - priv a cee or prive a cee. I use priv a cee, don't know why.
    John
     
  4. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    She is wrong.
    However, I have heard car dealers call a Ford Ka a Ford "Kay-ay".
    Presumably to avoid the obvious confusion that could arise in having a ford car called a ford ka.

    BTW: Don't even get me started on QUEUE... :wallbash:

    :D

    Edit:
    BTBTW: My hundredth post on bittech was predominately about how to pronounce the name of a small car. Go figure.
     
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  5. Techno-Dann

    Techno-Dann Disgruntled kumquat

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    Queue: it's pronounced Q. End of story. The additional letters on the back come from the French language, and as such can be ignored.

    Coupe should be pronounced "coop". It sounds small and sleek and fast. Cou-pay sounds like a bad hairpiece.
     
  6. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    I don't know any English person that pronounces the i in vehicle, it's there, but not pronounced.
     
  7. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    I pronounce it ve-hi-cle (read: properly) and don't often hear it pronounced vekkle :eyebrow:
     
  8. Faunus

    Faunus What's a Dremel?

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    Slight deviation - this is one that winds me up:

    "I don't feel obliged to do that"

    "I don't feel obligated to do that"

    Which one is correct? Because to me, "obliged" would be correct.
     
  9. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    obligated sounds more like the person has their head stuck between their buttocks?

    buttuks, not butt-ox, btw.
     
  10. pistol_pete

    pistol_pete Air Cooled Fool

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    Then clearly he's spelt his name wrong. ;)
     
  11. MrBadidea

    MrBadidea What's a Dremel?

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    wat
     
  12. C0nKer

    C0nKer What's a Dremel?

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    In Malay we use Leftenan.

    I don't hear LIE-NUX much. Everyone knows how to pronounce Linux.

    Funniest is this girl from this local game store, "Oh, I don't know, maybe it's on the "Double-U Eye Eye".:wallbash:

    Spellings that annoy me,
    Then <-> Than
    There <-> They're
    Their <-> They're


    I'm not obliged to do that.

    I don't feel obligated to do that.

    Isn't it?
     
  13. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    it's cou-pay, there's nothing wrong with that. for all car pronounciations, listen to Top Gear
     
  14. Brooxy

    Brooxy Loser of the Game

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    Tomato.

    Tom - ar - toe

    NOT

    Tom - ate - toe

    I can understand that certain people have foot obsessions, and like to do certain things to toes, but for the love of whatever deity you believe in, naming a piece of fruit after a fetish is just not on...it's tom-ar-toe.
     
  15. capnPedro

    capnPedro Hacker. Maker. Engineer.

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    "B-u-k" (rhymes with fu..) or "b-oo-k" (rhymes with... mook)?
    "C-u-k" or "c-oo-k"

    Grrrr "fill-um".
     
  16. theevilelephant

    theevilelephant Minimodder

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    my pet hate is people dropping the letter T all the time....
    what becomes wha
    tomato becaomes tomaho
    Brighton becomes Brighon
    etc etc
     
  17. iggy

    iggy Minimodder

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    why are you adding extra letters!

    a damnable practice.
    its tom ah toe you fool. unless your from one of the funny places like yorkshire, then it could be anything. ooooo arrrrrrr.
     
  18. PhenomRed

    PhenomRed What's a Dremel?

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    It's Ay-Sus, the name came from the word Pegasus, i've never heard anyone called the winged horse Peg-A-Sooooos.

    Porsche is Por-sha, EEE PC is E P C, coupe is coop-ay.

    Speaking of cars, how about some Lamborghinis? Diablo, Gallardo, Murcielago, Reventon?

    Correct me if i'm wrong, but I believe that it is Dee-ablo, Ga-yar-do, wikipedia says moor-thee-EH-la-goh, and Re-ben-ton.




    I want a Lamborghini... :(
     
  19. charlesbeams

    charlesbeams TRANCEFORMer

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  20. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    "Gallardo" does my nut in. Any double Ls mispronounced do make me tear my hair out tbh
     

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