Sunday, July 10, 2011

It's a paradigum!

I'm fairly certain that everyone has at least one word that they unknowingly and heinously mispronounced for an extended period of time. Mine was adrenaline, which I pronounced "all-der-line". I know, not even close. Since this started in a middle school health class, I was saying it that way for some time before someone finally said something, i.e. made fun of me until I went and looked it up.

Inspired by a comment on the last post, I thought I would share two of my favorite examples of insane mispronunciation. This first link is to a Gawker.TV post talking about a How I Met Your Mother episode in which Ted discovers he's been mispronouncing the word chameleon his entire life. (The clip on the left after the title of the article.)

The second is a trailer for a schlocky Gwenyth Paltrow number called A View From the Top, in which poor, beat down, trailer trash Gwennie changes her life by aspiring to be a first class flight attendant. So you don't have to subject yourselves to the headache inducing lines in the trailer, just skip ahead to about the 1:33 mark where Mike Myers corrects the mispronunciation of Christina Applegate's trainee flight attendant.

I do like to see others stepping in some verbal dog crap. Please share any favorites you might have!

1 comment:

  1. Okay, since no one has commented I will tell you what I did in front of a couple of my previous bosses in New York. A group of us were out to dinner and we were ordering after dinner drinks and I pronouned cognac 'cog nac', never ordered an after dinner drink in my life. Isn't the word cognizant pronouced 'cog ne zent'??? How was I supposed to know it is pronounced 'kon yak', I'm from a small country town. Now I just order a Baileys or a J&J.....:)