Things I've learned...

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by roryglasgow, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. shaywen

    shaywen Member

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    Well, at the risk of getting myself tied to a track somewhere...

    I'm usually pretty easy going, but I get a bit bent out of shape when I hear "miss-CHEE-vee-us" instead of mischievous. Those letters just aren't IN there :cry:

    You say my-ca-doo, I say mi-cah-doh,
    Let's call the whole thing off...

    And of course it's not, "Canadian, ay?"

    It's Can-ay-jen, eh? :rolleyes: :D
  2. Bill Stone

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    I'm afraid everyone is guilty of this sort of thing.
    No one, even those of us who live here, ever pronounces "Los Angeles" correctly.

    Many years ago when I was living in the Netherlands (correctly said something like "Nader-lontz") for a while. Dutch friends frequently kidded me on the way I said Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Nijmegen, and Utrecht (not to mention the town name no non-Dutchman can ever pronounce: Scheveningen . But I got them back when I discovered they spelled (and pronounced) California as Californie, and they all thought the American car, Buick, was pronounced something like "Byuk".

    And of course we can snigger at the Brits who so disdain their cross-channel neighbors, that they refuse to ever pronounce French words correctly. Like Valet, Ballet, Filet, (and, I suppose, Chevrolet.)

    BillS
  3. Bill Stone

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    Sorry..... I misspoke.

    "Nader-lontz" is the language.
    "Nader-lond" is the country.

    BillS
  4. fifer

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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    mebbe they're not finding them because the natives don't understand what they're askin for?
  6. shaywen

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    How do you say Allegheny?
  7. Fred_M

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    Re: The President

    That's just a stereotype that people who speak or act differently must be stupid and ignorant. Yankees think southerners are hicks. Southerners think Yankees are arrogant SOBs who talk out of their nose. How you talk and act have nothing to do with your intelligence. I would pit any of you against Steven Hawkins who can’t even talk. DASH
  8. screwysquirrel

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    Not only is real BBQ pork and not beef, it should be marinated in a vinegar-based sauce, not Tomato!

    (The only real BBQ comes from east of I-95 in NC)
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    Then what does "And these guys could have their finger on the trigger!!????" have to do with mispronouncing words? It appears to me you are impling they are not up to your standards somehow because they can not pronounce NUCLEAR the way you think it should be. So if you can tell me how I misread your post i will say I'm sorry in writing. DASH
  11. fifer

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    Your Not Worth the Hastle

    Dash , I removed my post's because your feelings are hurt.
    Mike
  12. Lightbender

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    Hey Dash,
    I think this thread IS about mispronouncing and YES there is a standard. If I am in my LHS ordering a Mallet and he hands me a hammer I can explain and get corrected and we can all chuckle in amusement. If I'd pronounced it correctly I would have a locomotive and wouldn't feel stupid. This mistake may be thought forgivable considering the spelling but if I had added another syllable I doubt that I would be forgiven as easily.

    All words in all languages have a correct pronunciation, grammar and spelling that's why they work and how communication takes place. Enunciation and accent are entirely different matters they can make a word sound different but not wrong. It doesn't matter where you come from or if you have a hare-lip you will get a new locomotive wheras I get a hammer or worse yet a really awful haircut.

    If you are taking exception on account of some politician then it is indeed sad. I can think of no politician since the beginning of time that didn't make language teachers cringe. A command of language is not a requirement for leadership as Canada's ex-Prime Minister has proven so lucidly.

    (poli - from Greek = many
    tics = burrowing bloodsucking parasite)
  13. brakie

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    Kato= Cat-toes,Kay-Tos,Kay-ta,Cat-os and my favorite..AT-Toes.:eek: :D Does anybody really know how to pronounce Kat-Os?
  14. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Back in 1977 when I took AMTRAK to get to college in Iowa the conductor called out the names of towns in "Eye-Oh-Way". I never heard any resident of the Corn State call it other than "Eye-Oh-Wuh". Different pronounciations add color and interest, especially on a train ride! :)
    Ralph
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    When I was on the Boston subway, they announced the next station as "Chow". When we got there, it was labelled "Charles".
  16. brakie

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    I lived in North Carolina for about 3 months..Just for fun translate this..

    While your out and about,pick me up a pack of Nabs,a sodie and a bub.:D

    At first I had no idea what my good friend wanted..I finally figured it out and remember it till this day.:D

    Of course our good neighbors and friends up in Canada says "aboot" for about and "on Holiday" for vacation or days off from work.:thumb:

    Of course the British have their lingo..I was talking to a very good friend of mine from south of London while back while he was"touring" the US and he told me that He had to put his luggage in the boot of the lorry that he had let while he was on Holiday.Of course he would have his tea and biscuits while I had my coffee.:thumb:
    We met some years ago as he is married to my oldest sister's husband's sister or my brother in laws sister which ever comes first.I never was to good at explaining things like that.LOL!:D
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    Hey Larry,
    What the heck is a "bub"? I tink I know aboot Nabs and sodies:D

    I guess most Amurricans would say "Kay-Toe", but in Japanese,
    I believe that those two syllables would be "Kah-Toh" :)
  18. brakie

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    Bub=Light BULB! :eek: :D
    Nab= Those packs of cheese and crackers like you would buy from a vending machine.
    Sodie = A bottle or can of pop(soda if you live in the Northeast)..
  19. cidchase

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    Wot watt, fitty or hunert??:p
  20. fifer

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    Deep DO DO

    Boy , I'm really in trouble , I thought we only had a problem here in the southwest with Spanish and now I find out I'll have to learn English TOO !!!!!! And just what the H#@$L is a cumfert station in Texas??
    No Habla English
    Mike

    :rolleyes: ;) :cool: :cry: :thumb: