easy words you find it hard to say

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i have a real block on "antibiotics" -- i have to slow down and enunciate it very deliberately to get it right

mark s, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:55 (six months ago) Permalink

phrases my wife cannot say:

winona ryder - 'rinona wyder'
reliant robin - 'relobin ryant'

i on the other hand have beautiful diction and definitely do not sound perenially like a toothless drunk mumbling into a vomit stain on his chest

your skeleton is ready to hatch (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:17 (six months ago) Permalink

(also known as 'paolo nutini voice')

your skeleton is ready to hatch (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:18 (six months ago) Permalink

Sorry

very stabbable gaius (wins), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:22 (six months ago) Permalink

I only say words wrong on purpose: "librarary", "pacific" for "specific" - this is the Hull pronunciation and I love it. although I work with people called "Sherri" and "Cheri" and it sometimes gets muddled up.

hard to be a spod (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:22 (six months ago) Permalink

I considered doing wins's gag but then remembered I am always apologizing, it just trips off my tongue

hard to be a spod (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:23 (six months ago) Permalink

sorry is easy, meaning it is hard ime

your skeleton is ready to hatch (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:24 (six months ago) Permalink

exackly

oh, I say "exackly" a lot too

hard to be a spod (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:27 (six months ago) Permalink

Library's a stupid word, those r's are too close together. Ditto February.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:27 (six months ago) Permalink

NASA (always sounds like nassau)

Yerac, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:28 (six months ago) Permalink

I make a point of saying "Febrrrrewary" as well. love those crammed Rs

hard to be a spod (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:28 (six months ago) Permalink

You've got no choice if you're Scottish, you have to say it like that.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:30 (six months ago) Permalink

this is the Hull pronunciation and I love it

this is what makes the question kinda difficult to answer imo - like, a majority of glaswegians would probably say 'sangwidge' instead of 'sandwich' but is that a mispronunciation or a dialect

your skeleton is ready to hatch (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:30 (six months ago) Permalink

I like "sangwidge" too

bizarrer Gandhara (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:32 (six months ago) Permalink

I mean RP is the language of the enemy basically so anything to fuck with it

bizarrer Gandhara (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:33 (six months ago) Permalink

my mum always said "host-pital" and when challenged would say "that's how people should say it, it sounds better"

my dad would sometimes say "unstable" with the stress on the "un" and make it rhyme with biddable but this was a weedy student joke he had never grown out of

mark s, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:36 (six months ago) Permalink

I've always done the mispronounce on purpose thing as well, I think it comes from growing up watching looney tunes

very stabbable gaius (wins), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:36 (six months ago) Permalink

My brother used to do that too - pronouncing picturesque as picture-skew always tickled me.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:38 (six months ago) Permalink

both my mum and her mum pronounce 'psychiatric' as psy-kree-attic and it bothers me every time

your skeleton is ready to hatch (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:39 (six months ago) Permalink

My friend always says "Charlie Therzon"

very stabbable gaius (wins), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:40 (six months ago) Permalink

My granny suffered terrible from the arthur-itis.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:41 (six months ago) Permalink

My mother, on the other hand, was a big fan of Downtown Abbey.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:43 (six months ago) Permalink

mum was also enjoyably immune to branding puns: she pronounced portakabin as por-TAH-kuhbin and spudulike as spu-DOO-liKé

mark s, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 13:53 (six months ago) Permalink

I can't say "statistics"

always comes out like sisszzzsisics

frogbs, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 13:55 (six months ago) Permalink

My mom used to pronounce "Toys 'R' Us" as "U.S. Toys Russ."

Wes Brodicus, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 14:04 (six months ago) Permalink

decisions - always comes out as 'decishions'

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 14:11 (six months ago) Permalink

sorry, I meant 'deshishions'

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 14:11 (six months ago) Permalink

my dad also sometimes used to say "mizzled" instead of "misled" (again a feeble student joke, as are come to think of it now perhaps known as "dad jokes")

mark s, Thursday, 1 February 2018 12:59 (six months ago) Permalink

at one time as a kid I seriously thought mizled ("I" sound as in "lime") was a separate word to misled, having only read the former and heard the latter.

bizarrer Gandhara (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:02 (six months ago) Permalink

further items on ken c's old thread:
words that should be easy to pronounce but you can't pronounce

(i am not calling for deej-style action: let a hundred flowers bloom!)

mark s, Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:06 (six months ago) Permalink

I'm always confused by people using "let a hundred flowers bloom" as it was a cover to expose those who didn't follow the party orthodoxy, after which Mao launched his anti-rightist purge. I'm 95% sure we aren't going to be sent to labour camps for starting overlapping threads, but would rather play it safe.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:13 (six months ago) Permalink

'anemone'

Senior Soft-Serve Tech at the Froyo Arroyo (Old Lunch), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:17 (six months ago) Permalink

deej is our mao

mark s, Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:18 (six months ago) Permalink

I also have a problem with "antibiotics", I tend to say "anti-bee-otics" instead of "anti-bye-otics" unless I slow it down.

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:18 (six months ago) Permalink

February. For me it's either 'Feb-yew-ree' or, if I get bored of that, 'Febree'.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:20 (six months ago) Permalink

I only relatively recently discovered that you're supposed to pronounce the 'h' in 'adhesive' too.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:21 (six months ago) Permalink

f that

bizarrer Gandhara (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:22 (six months ago) Permalink

Apparently, one isn't meant to hit the 'h' in 'vehicle' as hard as I do.

Senior Soft-Serve Tech at the Froyo Arroyo (Old Lunch), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:22 (six months ago) Permalink

my mum's mum was scottish (well, rutherglen scottish, which is a kind of scottish) and was very firm indeed abt pronouncing the h in words like "wheel" (= you have to say Hweel not weel)

i live in london tho: if there's a glottal i can stop i will and do

mark s, Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:25 (six months ago) Permalink

ie i say wee-oo

mark s, Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:25 (six months ago) Permalink

cool hwip

bizarrer Gandhara (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:26 (six months ago) Permalink

I do say vee-hickle on purpose sometimes

bizarrer Gandhara (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:26 (six months ago) Permalink

(of course L is alveolar not glottal: basically i drop all the consonants of whatever articulatory type and i am right to, awwigh')

mark s, Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:29 (six months ago) Permalink

I think I occasionally 'mispronounce' words because I grew up all over the eastern side of the US and accumulated a plethora of conflicting regional accents throughout the course of my childhood.

Senior Soft-Serve Tech at the Froyo Arroyo (Old Lunch), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:34 (six months ago) Permalink

Vehicle and the t in "often" vary regionally, don't let anyone (like Bill Bryson) tell you you're wrong

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:35 (six months ago) Permalink

I don't let Bill Bryson tell me shit

very stabbable gaius (wins), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:37 (six months ago) Permalink

^^^

bizarrer Gandhara (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:37 (six months ago) Permalink

my former roommate's granny could never pronounce janeane garofalo's name right, it always came out, and this killed us for some reason, as: JEAN-ANNE gair-uh-FOE-low

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:38 (six months ago) Permalink

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/vNEAAOSwdGFYr3ln/s-l300.jpg

mark s, Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:41 (six months ago) Permalink

haha yes

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:42 (six months ago) Permalink

'innovative' and 'optometrist'

Badgers (dog latin), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:46 (six months ago) Permalink

my mum's mum was scottish (well, rutherglen scottish, which is a kind of scottish) and was very firm indeed abt pronouncing the h in words like "wheel" (= you have to say Hweel not weel)

this reminds me of an elderly substitute teacher who was completely insistent that (iirc) 'what' and 'watt' were pronounced differently, much to our confusion

lazy rascals, spending their substance, and more, in riotous living (Merdeyeux), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:57 (six months ago) Permalink

tbh tho i don't myself maintain the distinction i like when i hear it bcz it reminds me of my gran, who was grebt

mark s, Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:59 (six months ago) Permalink

grebt

mark s, Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:59 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah my granny is also scotch & pronounces wh words with the h

I also like how you can tell when an English person is doing it as an affectation cause they occasionally slip up and put the h sound into a regular w word

very stabbable gaius (wins), Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:03 (six months ago) Permalink

Which is another good thing to do on purpose obv

very stabbable gaius (wins), Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:04 (six months ago) Permalink

Aggregate

But the thing I have most difficulty saying is 'Jack DeJohnette'

Agharta Christie (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:22 (six months ago) Permalink

with my NY accent, it's nearly impossible to say "horror." comes out like harrrrrrrr

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:24 (six months ago) Permalink


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