I'm happy to say that I only mispronounce, at most, two or three of these words.
Sherbert is one I've always mispronounced, and I screw up prerogative quite often, which, also, I tend to screw up. #seb #Language #Pronunciations #Annoyances
5 Words You've Got To Stop Pronouncing Incorrectly
Unless you speak with an endearing, cool-sounding accent, you can make yourself sound like a moron if you mispronounce certain words. Using casual utterances that are OK with friends and family can create a stigma that's tough to change if you do so in professional situations such as interviews or presentations.
A 2008 Primer article that's been making the rounds again identifies many of these verbal landmines. Here are five words you don't want to get wrong when it counts:
* Nuclear. It's …
I came across the following site during my wanderings today: It’s Twenty-ten, not Two-thousand and ten. It makes the following argument about how we should say the year 2010:
Say the year “1810” out loud. Now say the year “1999” out loud. See a pattern? It’s been easier, faster, and shorter to say years this way for every decade (except for the one that just ended) instead of saying the number the long way. However, many people are carrying the way they said years from last decade over to this decade as a bad habit. If we don’t fix this now, we’ll be stuck saying years the long way for the next 89 years. Don’t let that happen!
On the one hand I agree with the argument that it’s easier, faster, and shorter to say twenty-ten instead of two-thousand and ten. On the other hand I want to use the latter form just to piss off the people who put that website up.
I have no good reason why I should feel animosity at a group that’s pointing out something I actually agree with and doing so probably reveals some deep-seated psychological need to be a contrarian asshole, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was annoyed when I read it.
Which is weird because I make similar assertions all the time myself right on my own stupid webpage. So you’d think I’d have no problem with this. All I can conclude from this small episode of illogical irritation is that I must be slowly turning into a Republican.