Thursday, May 10, 2012

Whatcha Jus' Say?

I asked The Viking if he goes somewhere often.  Instead of him answering me, I got the stink eye.
Why would he give his favorite daughter the stink eye, you ask???  I'll tell you!
I pronounce the word often as so:  "OFF-TON".
The Viking swears the "T" is silent, making it "OFF-EN".
I'm not sure which way is correct, but I now know a new way to annoy my father!  Score!


After listening to The Viking rant about his word rage, I couldn't help but think about what words irked the crap out of me when they are mispronounced.
Can I do that knowing I'm the queen of mispronunciation?  Of course I can...

Here are the 10 worst words to mispronounce according to Jax!

10.  Ask
If you ever AH-sk me a question, I will ignore you.
Unless you are British, then AH-sk away!

9.  Ricotta
I remember the first time Sis mentioned RI-COT-TA cheese.  I didn't know what she was asking me for!  After my little hissy, she properly asks me to pass the RI-GOE-THA.
This one is like a totally different word!  People can't make up their own name for things...

8.  Angela
Someone very near to me is named this.  I hate with a burning passion when they mispronounce her name!!  Her name is AHN-GEL-AH.
I mean, you say Anna, not aaaaanna!!!!!  Sigh...

7.  Coffee
I drink COUGH-EE every morning, not CAH-FEE.
I got out of state and people forget how to say this word!

6.  Cannoli
You want a KA-NO-LEE?  Sorry, we only make GA-NO-LEES around here!
...and they are so delicious...

5.  Salpino
There is a local store around here name SAL-PEE-NO.  For some God forsaken reason, everyone adds an extra "i" in there.  Why?!  It is not SAL-IH-PEE-NO.
The Viking is famous for saying this one offTEN.

4.  Barber
If I was a barber and you called me a BAH-BAH I would give you a crew cut on "accident".
That's not a hair cutter.  It a thing full of milk I feed my God son.  Sigh...

3.  Banana
BA-NAY-NAS in pajamas, walking down the stairs...
No, just no...  Smh.

2.  Mozzarella
Sis also likes to annoy me by talking about MOTZ-ER-ELL-A cheese.  No!!!!!!!!  It's MOOS-ER-ELLA!
This one is worse than scratching a chalk board to me!!

1.  Idea
This one goes out to Madre because she's the queen offender and she does it all the damn time!
Jax, I got a great I-DEAR.  Don't you want to hear my I-DEAR?
No, I don't.  Anyone who says I-DEAR can't possibly have that great of an I-DEAH.

What words annoy you when mispronounced?

72 comments:

  1. Hahah my dad does that with idear, sofar (sofa), sodar, etc etfc.

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    1. Ugh!!! My mom does that too and I HATE it!!!!!!!

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  2. All of the above and Water when said Warter. No extra R people. Yellow not Yeller. Oh so many more but for time I will leave it be. You got an award today on my blog. It's the lovely blogger award. It should be up in just a few. Just letting you know!

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    1. LOL Warter? I never heard that one before, but it would bug me too ;) Ohh, I'm off to look now!! :)

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  3. I'm against The Viking on the often, the T has to be said.

    LMAO oh those were good, the idea I got some weird looks as I laughed at that. No Idea how people screw up Angela. The coffee one is quite funny, oh it can so annoy me when I hear it said the weird way.

    The Ricotta one I would prob screw up a time or two, anything food I'd prob screw up a time or ten hahahaha..best thing to do is listen first and hope the person saying it says it right..haha

    Can't really think of any that annoy me, as I tend just to make fun of the person when they do it.

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    1. Right? The T just comes out everytime. It's natural to say OFF-TEN. hahahaha (Can't wait to tell the viking I have a supporter!! lol)

      Everyone messes up Angela!! In fact, growing up, it was the joke b/w all my friends. They would sit on the bus trying to say it. AHHHH-N-GEL-A. hahahahahaha

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    2. Yeah for me it just pops out with the T, I've heard it without though, but that is always from the Newfie, so I don't give them much credit, especially with their fish kissing and all haha

      Hmmm never knew that name was easy to mess up. Must be a new york thing..haha

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    3. LMAO Or you're just saying Angela wrong.. Dun Dun Dunnn hahahahaha

      I thought you liked kissing Cod??? LOL

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  4. I'm pretty sure the Viking is right on "often". The t is silent. Lol

    Mispronunciation isn't a big deal to me. I here it all the time where I live, but there are language issues in the south.

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    1. Hmph...siding with the viking!! hahaha

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  5. All those words make me miss my NY childhood and the accents :)

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    1. You grew up in NY? Oh, girl then you know how to talk ;) hahaha

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  6. I can't comment. I mispronounce words all the time.

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    1. LOL Ty for your honesty ;) hahaha

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  7. I've never heard anyone change the C to a G in ricotta and canolli! How very interesting! ha.

    I have a friend that pronouces the G at the end of strong, belong, etc.

    I say offen for often! haha...It's almost like 'effin. lol!

    And I say Anna like aaaanna. And Aunt, not Ahnt. That probably drives you crazy, too! I think it's where you live, really.

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    1. The right way to pronounce 99.9% of Sicilian words is to change the C to a G. Calamari is pronounced GA-LA-MARI. :)

      You're another OFFEN. Hmph... The Viking will like that. LOL

      You say aaaaanaa? Why?!?!?!?!?!
      I'm guilty of saying Aunt too. I don't do AHnt. To me that's like AHsk. LOL

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  8. Oh accents! It's funny how some words said differently can drive us crazy.

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    1. You think it's a matter of accent? Hmm, maybe!

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  9. LOL you know Im nothing to say somthing though my second languaje is English anyway I love Viking and love how he talk LOL

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    1. LOL!!! You're excused from all of the above Gloria ;) Ohh, don't tell the viking that!! hahahaha

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    2. he is nice?? I love nice men!

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    3. Of course he's nice!! He's related to me ;) hahahaha

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  10. When I pronounce mozzarella the right way, people correct me and tell me to pronounce it the wrong way. As far as I'm concerned, the people that live where I'm at pronounce everything wrong. And they think I pronounce everything wrong. They've got me outnumbered, but they're still wrong!!

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    1. Oh, Anne, I got your back!!! Keep saying the words right and I'll be there to defend you. Team MOOZ-ER-ELLA!! LOL

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  11. Jax the kids allways correct me when I talk in English lol and I hate it!!

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    1. LOL It's ok, Gloria. They're secretly helping you ;) hahaha

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    1. No, No, No, No!!!!!!!! hahahahaha That's awful!!

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  13. That's the NYer in us =)

    Just like I still say "chop meat" instead of "ground beef" and "string beans" instead of "green beans". It drives my family crazy.

    They tease me about: water, saw, car, quarter, etc. you get the idear....

    Oh, and does your madre say "terlit" instead of toilet? My FIL did. Very odd.

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    1. No LMAO If she started saying TERLIT, I would have to do an intervention for the sake of the English language. hahahahahaha

      Idk what green beans are and I refuse to acknowledge it! I eat STRING beans!! Ground beef? I never even heard of that!! But, my meatballs are made out of the finest chop meat!!! LMAO

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    2. My mom and dad were in USA a lot of times in differents states and said is amazing the differents forms of speak English:)))

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    3. Yes, that is very true! You can go to other states and not know what the heck they are saying. It took me a translator to realize that "jimmies" were sprinkles! LOL

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    4. I think it was an old school Queens thing "terlit" because my MIL and my mom both said it that way...but, you know, they are way old too LOL

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    5. LMAO I remember hearing a few say terlit, now that one was just weird. Jimmies are sprinkles? Pfft never knew that either. So much language for things, no wonder people learning english get lost. We can't even understand half of it.

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    6. LOL Both sides of my family are from Brooklyn! That may explain it ;)

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  14. I'm utterly British when I speak my English. I sound like the British monarch.
    Me likes you, dahling, but hope you never release a pronunciation guide officially LOL :pppp

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    1. LMAO What's wrong with my pronunciation guide, Dez? I was hoping you would promote it for me!

      British monarch? Ohh, than you can AH-SK me anything you wish ;) LOL

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  15. hahaha that is funny. Coffee, yeah I hear that one a lot!

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  16. wow..I should tippy toe myself out. I am an Indian, and that would explain all I guess. And karate, Buddha, Avatar arent pronounced the way it should be, anyway "Do romans when you are in Rome" ;-)

    I am a bigtime Adele fan, but have to say that I am a Lady Gaga fan, you know why?
    I once went to store and asked the clerk where Aaadell cds were, we had tug-of-word war for sometime, A-Amber,D-dog,E-England,L-London,E-England and finally she said oh "Adele"? Aisle 2, and I love your accent".

    And I buy my music online and say that I am Lady Gaga fan but hardcore Adele fan. :(

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    1. Ohhh, I had to read that twice to get the lady gaga reference. She does stutter a lot in her music, don't she? I'm not a big fan of either. I actually, I don't like Adele's voice at all!!

      But accents are hot, girl! Be proud :)

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  17. haha, I gotta agree with the Viking on his pronunciation!

    Oh gosh, my Italian Noni used to lecture me on all the Italian words you have listed here! That's how I learned to say them right!

    My brother-in-law is British and obviously says words differently. Due to my Sister being with him all of the time, she accidentally speaks in British tone sometime (not accent, but inflection) and it cracks me up. I'm like- Jocelyn, you grew up with me here in Oregon, don't even try! But she doesn't realize she's doing it. It's just funny.

    Speaking of my brother-in-law, I used to always say Niche as "NICH" and he says that that is the worst thing anyone can do and that it's "neeeche". I had no clue! Now I try to say "neeeche" but I still feel like an a**hole when I do because my heart's not in it!

    I gotta say, I like the Boston take on "barber" so they can "Bah-bah" themselves silly. That accent is yummy to me!

    The worst offender is right up your alley- "I-tal-ian". Pass the "I-tal-ian dressing". I always ask the person: "oh, is the dressing from I-taly?". Works like a charm.

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    1. Girl, this cracked me up!!! hahaha People actually say I-talian?? Oh, I'm smh very hard right now. LOL

      Brother in law with a Brittish accent? He must make every word so much more sophisticated. lol

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  18. I too say off-ten. The t is there for a reason. I also say ahhhnt. It's not ant. It's aunt.

    If someone not English ever said ahsk to me, I think I'd smack them before they got to the k.

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  19. Girl, the words here in the South are completely foreign to me being a transplanted Yankee that I am. But the absolute worst is BIRFDAY, instead of BIRTHDAY. OMG, that drives me INSANE!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. You're a yankee? Hollaaaa!! lol I keep hearing that southerners talk a little different! That's ok b/c we love their southern charm ;) lol

      Birfthday? That's said over and over again in Chris Brown and Rihanna's new song.

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  20. So I wrote a comment and I have no idea where it went, so let's try again.

    I too say off-ten. The t is there for a reason. I also say ahhhnt, for aunt, not ant.

    But if someone not from England ever said ahhsk instead of ask, I'd slap them before they got to the k.

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    1. Oh, blogger's messing with us again!!! lol

      You CRACKED me up!! LOL I could just picture it. Can I AH... SLAP! hahaha

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  21. I think "OFF-TON" is the more sophisticated way of pronouncing "often." And I think I must be pronouncing all those words you mentioned wrong. I suck at life. Anyway, it's a good thing that BAH-BAH Walters of ABC's "The View" can afford her own hair stylist...because there is no way in holy heck she could ever pronounce the word "barber" correctly.

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    1. LOL I'm an Off-Ten person, but I respect your way too. I mean, that's sure to piss off the Viking just as well! hahahaha

      Bah-Bah Walters? LMAO!!! Is that how she says her name? Oh my! Now I need to youtube this....

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  22. Thanks for the pronunciation tutorials - that's really helpful actually. It took me forever to figure out how to pronounce Presbyterian when I was little. That's what happens when English isn't your first language though!

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    1. No problem! Anytime you need help, I'm here :) Presbyterian is a tough one! Too be honest, I know it's associated w/ churches, but I have zero clue as to what it really means!!

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  23. So I assume you are Italian, as a few of these only make sense that way.

    I am the same way about food words - fil-lay min-non (filet mignon). Not fill-it mig-non. Jell-a-to (gelato). Not GELL-A-TOE.

    Sadly, you and the Viking are both right: \ˈȯ-fən, orˈȯf-tən\

    -W


    http://www.worthystyle.com

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    1. Yes, I am very Italian. LOL But, but...That has nothing to do with it. hahahaha

      Love your words too!

      and the viking is right too? Don't tell him that!

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  24. I hate people who say 'chimbley' instead of chimney. It is something that people have said when they were kids and have taken it with them into adulthood.

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    1. People really say chimbley? Oh, that's just awful...

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  25. As you know, "supposibly" is the death of me.

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    1. Yes, this I already know.

      Now excuse me while I run to titty bank. LOL

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  26. Off ten is how I say it.
    I cannot stand when I hear Ax instead of ask.
    Or macaroon vs macaron.,,two different things entirely!
    I'm from the south, so everything is said wrong and differently.

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    1. What is a macaron? lol Ax instead of ask? Oh my!!

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  27. People around here pronounce MILK as MELK. WTF. Drives me nuts.

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  28. I wish there was sounds with this. Spent like 5 minutes on the 10th one until it finally hit me AHHHsk LOL. I heard IDEAR once in highschool from a teacher and I thought it was just them being retarded until I started hearing it more and more and thinking WTF is going on.

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    1. Doesn't the "idear" make you want to twitch? Oh, it's soooo awful!!!

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    2. It does, I really don't understand why the R is added.

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    3. Who started it? Let's track them down and make them tell us why!!! hahaha

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  29. Its not so much pronunciation but people around here have some odd sayings, such as "who's coat is that jacket hanging up on the floor"

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    1. What does that even mean?!?!?!?!?! LOL

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  30. Idear is particularly awful. My mother in law confuses bought and brought. "I brought that at the store" no you didn't!

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  31. hahaha tell The Viking i´m with him when it comes to OFTEN (i never pronounce the T! lol) and when it comes to ASK i have a few american friends that pronounce it AKS and i always wondered why... maybe it´s slang cool for ASK? sigh...
    in Argentina one of the most common mistakes when pronouncing English is the TH sound, lots of people pronounce it like a strong D... instead of saying "the sun" they go "DE sun". maaaan that sounds horrible.
    oh and i had an english teacher that said "i-dear" once every 10 words... it was so annoying! get your H back woman!!

    XO JAnnine
    http://fashionistArg.blogspot.com

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