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Paul

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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #800 on: 25 May, 2021, 04:24:10 pm »
I hate to say it, and I know it's partly in jest, but the entire 'Americans say something differently' thing grates because of course they do.
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Yebbut hearing a Peaky Fucking Bloinder saying clurk and skedule does grate when you realize they're doing it as a concession to the American ear.

Could it be an Oirish pronunciation? I don’t know about clerk, but I say skedule. Both my parents were Irish. Could it be that? I don’t watch PBs, but I believe some of the characters are supposed to be Irish or of Irish decent.
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #801 on: 28 May, 2021, 12:42:55 am »
What kind of a bollockbrain speaks of a price being “Thirty-nine point ninety-nine”?  I mean, apart from smarmy mid-Atlantic twats trying to flog a cheap monocular which is “taking the world by storm”.

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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #802 on: 28 May, 2021, 03:36:55 am »
The same bollockbrain which claimed the revolutionary monocular had been developed at Joe (sic) Hopkins University while showing a picture of New College Oxford.
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #803 on: 28 May, 2021, 05:54:21 am »
And the same bollockbrain who's ad (a different one from the above) claimed the monocular was developed by someone who was brought up immersed in mother nature, but with the caption showing 'brought up immersed in mother'.

Incidentally I read this thread and then clicked on a YouTube subscription notification for something completely unrelated (a news item) and the monocular ad was the 'skip ad' that appeared before it which I, for once, was happy not to skip.

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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #804 on: 28 May, 2021, 08:10:25 am »
I hate to say it, and I know it's partly in jest, but the entire 'Americans say something differently' thing grates because of course they do.

Yebbut hearing a Peaky Fucking Bloinder saying clurk and skedule does grate when you realize they're doing it as a concession to the American ear.

Could it be an Oirish pronunciation? I don’t know about clerk, but I say skedule. Both my parents were Irish. Could it be that? I don’t watch PBs, but I believe some of the characters are supposed to be Irish or of Irish decent.

Not any Irish pronunciation I ever heard in N.I.  My dad in the 50s mentioned remarking on the sh/sk different to an American colleague, who replied that they had a different sheme of speaking in the shool he went to.
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Paul

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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #805 on: 02 June, 2021, 07:43:54 am »
I hate to say it, and I know it's partly in jest, but the entire 'Americans say something differently' thing grates because of course they do.

Yebbut hearing a Peaky Fucking Bloinder saying clurk and skedule does grate when you realize they're doing it as a concession to the American ear.

Could it be an Oirish pronunciation? I don’t know about clerk, but I say skedule. Both my parents were Irish. Could it be that? I don’t watch PBs, but I believe some of the characters are supposed to be Irish or of Irish decent.

Not any Irish pronunciation I ever heard in N.I.  My dad in the 50s mentioned remarking on the sh/sk different to an American colleague, who replied that they had a different sheme of speaking in the shool he went to.
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #806 on: 03 June, 2021, 12:28:43 pm »
Simon Sebag Montefiore's pronunciation of "warrior" I really like his programs but this just grates every time he says it. "Wahr-rior".
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #807 on: 22 June, 2021, 10:42:05 pm »
Kudos to Spaign-o's Marc Marquez who won Sunday's German Motorcycle Grand Prix after recovering from a crash last year that saw him break his humus.  Or possibly his hummus.
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #808 on: 09 August, 2021, 04:07:34 pm »
A couple of days ago I heard "re" pronounced as initials. As in "We have a question from John Smith of Morgan Stanley R.E. working capital in the second quarter".
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #809 on: 29 August, 2021, 09:22:11 am »
Komoot. Yes I know it's text-to-speech, and I know place names often have weird pronunciations, but surely you can get country-specific versions nowadays?

In the UK:

Stress is firmly on the second syllable. Eg Cotterstock comes out as K'tair-stock, and so on.
Standard words: Sing-gla-track and Brid-la-way. Goose as Juice.

Romania:

Bizarrely, given Brid-la-way, Mare and Vale are pronounced Mair and Vayle

Czechia:

Czech prononciation is hard, and mine's pretty bad, but Komoot's is hilarious.

North Macedonia:

I'm glad there was no-one in earshot when it told me to "turn left on to Strada General Tit-oh"
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #810 on: 02 September, 2021, 06:21:17 pm »
I know I should cut TV's Lyse Doucet some slack given that she hails from rural Neptune [“New Brunswick” – Ed.] but her not-infrequent referring to the Afghan capital as “Cobble” is starting to grate.
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