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How about Mis-pronounced words....

Wink I found that thread about mis-spelt words fascinating.
So I thought I would just add a personal hate for you to discuss.....
My favourite hates are saying (for example, not literally)Rotherham and Wednesday were drawring at half time.
There are many TV celebrities and even newsreaders who have this annoying habit of adding an "r" after any word containing "draw".
Another phrase which really "gets" me is  "I would of done that.
Generally, I can tolerate mis-spelling because the language changes all the time and providing your listener or reader understands what you mean, it isn't important.
Anybody else with pet hates?
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Re: How about Mis-pronounced words....

Hmm. When you mentioned 'I would of done that', what exactly are you referring to - people typing that phrase, or people speaking it? I would have (no pun intended) expected the latter based on your thread's title, but surely when people say "would of" they're actually saying "would've", which in my mind is perfectly acceptable, unless you're suggesting that some people pronounce the 'o' in 'of' too? If, however, you're just talking about people typing the phrase, then I agree wholeheartedly - it really irks me when people use 'of' instead of apostrophe-v-e.
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American prenunciation of English names in films
For example if someone is called Bernard, don't call them BERR NARD!
and of course the word patronising is prenounced Patrion ising!

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Don't get us restarted on the americanisation of the English language Angry

...Oh, what the hell why not
Remember Microsoft would have you believe it's actually the Anglicisation of US English  Roll eyes
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Re: How about Mis-pronounced words....

The word that annoys me is when people have arthritis they insist on saying  they have "authoritus"..................................
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When reading that Josie I imagined that you may have a Brummie accent
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You should try living in East Anglia  the place names are terrible
near me is Faulkbourne  - pronounce Fullborn and in Norfolk Happisburgh - pronounce Haysborough - didn't your teacher learn you nufin  Wink Angry Cool Embarrassed
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Re: How about Mis-pronounced words....

Quote from: Be3G
unless you're suggesting that some people pronounce the 'o' in 'of' too?

Yes, I heard this week someone on the box saying that, which makes me think that he really thought it should be "would of"....that's incredible Cry
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It's suvners that put an 'r' into words when one isn't there that winds me.
Castle and cast are two that spring to mind.
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Lets call the whole ting off, you say eitrher and I say iver
cast /kA:st/ n
Sorry adiewoo, yours doesnt comply with Oxford English see below
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pah.  Angry Cheesy
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I'm with you adiewoo
Past....parst  I thought that was a word.....parsed......thought so
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Re: How about Mis-pronounced words....

With my northern accent  I daren't criticise anyone for mis-pronunciation.
Would just like to say that I quite like some Americanisations though.
There was someone at PN some time ago who was American and I loved it when I telephoned in and was called 'ma'am' during the ensuing conversation. It sounds so courteous and polite,
I also like their little sayings like 'taking a rain check' (or is it cheque?). 
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I was tearing my hair out at the BBC "expert" during the bank crisis who insisted on talking about "haitchbos".
Surely a BBC man should know that the pronunciation (not pronounciation) of H is "aitch" !
PS.I live in Barth  Smiley
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perceived misuse of english has been winding people up for centuries. 
one of my favourite mispronunciations is nuclear.  i watched a whole programme at a friend's place and the narrator consistently pronounced the word 'new kew lar', just like most united states pollies.
i enjoy the way english changes and grows with each additional culture adding to its richness.