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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #50 on: November 10, 2012, 01:58:55 am »
Janury, Febry, jewlery.

What's wrong with the first and third of those?  That's what they sound like to me.

January, jewelry not jew-lery
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #51 on: November 10, 2012, 03:57:19 pm »
I don't think you're hearing's good enough for the 'a' in January unless spoken in low-speed RP, barakta.
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #52 on: November 10, 2012, 11:42:15 pm »
Janury, Febry, jewlery.

What's wrong with the first and third of those?  That's what they sound like to me.

January, jewelry not jew-lery

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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #53 on: November 10, 2012, 11:47:06 pm »
Fambly  ;D
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #54 on: November 11, 2012, 03:58:23 pm »
What's this bottom line for anyway?

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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #55 on: November 11, 2012, 04:21:15 pm »
Aks

And another vote for 'pacific  :facepalm:
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #56 on: November 11, 2012, 04:45:27 pm »
Have I mentioned this one before:

When doing the Christmas reading at church a couple of years ago, the 12-year-old who has been going to church her whole life pronounced Pontius Pilate as "pee-lah-tay", like the exercise. Fab!
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #57 on: November 11, 2012, 04:52:29 pm »
Have I mentioned this one before:

When doing the Christmas reading at church a couple of years ago, the 12-year-old who has been going to church her whole life pronounced Pontius Pilate as "pee-lah-tay", like the exercise. Fab!

Had he sung a Mass?

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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #58 on: February 22, 2013, 08:33:37 am »
This word:

WHOLLY

is surely not pronounced the same as this one:

HOLLY.

Caitlin Moran, I'm enjoying your book, and your reading isn't bad, but if you're going to use this word:

WHOLLY

PLEASE

could you say wholly?
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #59 on: May 08, 2013, 11:07:32 pm »
"Temporarily" pronounced as "temporally".

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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #60 on: May 09, 2013, 09:51:34 am »
Really. You're reading an audio book. I cannot believe the character you're enacting would say 'pacific'. Actor, read your lines.
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #61 on: May 11, 2013, 11:51:07 am »
I can't believe no one has mentioned ambleeance or spatchlier (ambulance or spatula) yet.
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #62 on: September 02, 2014, 03:00:49 pm »
Colleague.

is not


Every. Fucking. Day.
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #63 on: September 02, 2014, 03:03:52 pm »
... and while we're on

'gentian' does not rhyme with 'venetian'.
 :hand:
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #64 on: September 02, 2014, 03:09:42 pm »
I know somebody who pronounces Wolverhampton as Woe-ver-hampton.

It's entirely understandable!   :D

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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #65 on: September 02, 2014, 03:22:42 pm »
Colleague.

is not


Every. Fucking. Day.

I don't understand that. Fruit cake? Paint colours?
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #66 on: September 02, 2014, 03:26:41 pm »
Pantone/ pannetone
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #67 on: October 12, 2014, 09:58:13 am »
Native English speakers, especially experts who should know better, insisting on pronouncing words as they are spelled. If you've been speaking English your whole life you might have noticed the language doesn't work like that.

Examples:

Dementia specialist on Inside Science who pronounced his own subject as di-men-tee-a.

News editor/producer on Feedback pronouncing ebola as ebba-la. Well, maybe in Spanish, but then it's spelled ébola, surely you've heard the word in your own news programme once or twice recently?

The one that takes the prize: guest on Inside Science (again) who kept saying "these woman are..." and "hundreds of woman", etc. On listening closer he was actually pronouncing the "-en" at the end, but otherwise identical to the singular. Seriously? It may be logically correct, but if 100% of everyone else doesn't say it like that, it's wrong!
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #68 on: October 12, 2014, 10:30:18 am »
Do you think that person might have hearing difficulties?
It's easy for me as a heary to say, one wooman, two wimmin but how might a deafie say this?

I find the misspelling of the adult female at least as cringeworthy. One man two men, on woman, two women. Should be simples but isn't.

Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #69 on: October 12, 2014, 10:37:19 am »
Good point - I should add that all the people in the above had perfect RP in every other respect.
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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #70 on: October 12, 2014, 11:53:57 am »
Radio 3 announcers who say "Bark", as in Bark's Cantata .....

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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #71 on: October 12, 2014, 12:18:07 pm »
Ms Vecht accepts loads of Brits can't do a guttural 'ch'. Twas ever thus.
I've lived with it for >50 years.

What got me more at school was people calling Wolfgang Amadeus 'Mozart' with a buzzing z.

Inability to do gutturals is understandable; unwillingness to do the easy ts instead of z is just wrong.

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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #72 on: October 12, 2014, 12:39:27 pm »
ISTR Iain Banks being very cross with the English inability to pronounce words such as "loch" correctly suddenly disappearing with the advent of Gulf War v1.0, when the BBC miraculously became able to say "Bach-rain" instead of "Bar-rain".

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Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #73 on: October 12, 2014, 12:45:20 pm »
New-car-sul
Glars-go


I bet most southerners cringe when they pronounce Glastonbury. ;D

Re: Pronunciation that makes you cringe
« Reply #74 on: October 12, 2014, 01:20:42 pm »
The drought beer that I was offered recently.
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