I know I am not the only one who gets down right pissed off when supposedly intelligent people can’t pronounce words we all learned sometime before the third grade. Here are a few that irk the shit out of me.
ASTERISK (you know, that little star (*) that you see on a page sometimes). It is pronounced ASS-TUR-ISK, say it with me, ASS-TUR-ISK. Nope, not ASS TUR ICKS, not ASS-TUR-ICK, try it again….ASS-TUR-ISK. (Source – a CNN broadcaster, I didn’t get her name but it was Sunday, 8/5/07 around 11:45 or so.)
There you go, now try these.
NUCLEAR – NEW-CLEE-URR, no, no, not NEW-KYA-LER, it’s NEW-CLEE-URR. Got it?? – (Source – We all know which idiot says this one. )
REALTOR -that’s REE-ULL-TERR, not REE-LA-TERR, how about it, huh? (Source – some woman with whom I used to work and a lot of idiots on those get-rich-quick schemes you see on infomercials for real estate.)
ASK – I can’t even think of another way to spell this out phonetically. What you see is what you get. ASK. Not AX, or ACKS, just ASK. Source??
Bring em’ on folks, I want to create the largest list of mispronounced words ever. And if you have the source, that’s even better. I want to embarrass everyone who is too lazy to form the words correctly in their mouths. And I believe that’s what it is: laziness. We as a nation are so lazy we can’t bother to pronounce words correctly because even forming words in our mouths takes too much energy.