‘Cos I’m in love with English phonetics, this deserves to be on my blog.
In a famous episode of Seinfeld, George gets upset because his girlfriend of the week calls papier-mache hats “pah-pee-yea mah-shay,” instead of the normal Anglicized version. For George, this is an insurmountable problem and a constant source of frustration, and many of use get angry or upset when we find out we don’t know how to say a word.
However, you shouldn’t fret. The English language is constantly changing and evolving, and sometimes word deviate from their original pronunciation in their everyday use. There are just 24 examples of words you or those around you might be saying incorrectly — myself included.
Doing it wrong: “Pur – scrip – shun”
Doing it right: “Pre – scrip – shun”
This is a common one where I’m from, the alternate universe between Ohio and Kentucky. It’s the land of warshing machines and cricks, where you get red of something…
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