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  1. Rippon

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    ...that some folks pronounce certain words? My constant gripe is the way some native English teachers in Korea as well as China pronounce the word pronunciation as if the word was pronounced as pronounciation.

    Invariably they are telling a Chinese or Korean that their pronounciation is bad. When will native English teachers pronounce pronunciation correctly?

    In the grand scheme of things this issue is rather inconsequential. But allow me to get on my soapbox anyway.

    Does anyone have a gripe about a wrong pronunciation of a word?
     
  2. Jim1999

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    Not really for me because we English have our own way to pronounce words; Just get used to it. Now, spelling does trouble me a little, and the difference in meanings of certain words from nation to nation.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    We had the same thing in Germany.

    A "W" is pronounced as a "V".

    So most people pronounced Wildflecken incorrectly.

    But I do it the German way! :thumbsup:
     
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    Yeah, I remember that from way back in the 1960's when I was stationed at Ramstein Air Base (1967-69). I'd always get confused when we were talking about the Volkswagen autos!
     
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    VW is pronounced fow-Vey. We always called Wildflecken Wild Chicken.
     
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    thats because that training area was for the birds?

    Salty

    Did you know that Elvis was stationed there (yea, Padre did you train with him? :smilewinkgrin:)

    And Shaq O'Neil lived there also
     
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    Elvis was stationed at Ray Barracks in Friedberg. Spearhead! but back to the OP....

    Speaking of pronunciations. What in the name of Sam Hill is a VEE-hick-ul?
     
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    Last couple of months I have heard "template" pronounced tem-plate.

    99% of everone pronounces "comptroller" wrong.
     
  9. Rippon

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    Obama pronounces corps the way it is spelled! Imagine that.
     
  10. David Lamb

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    It bugs me when people say "Kilometre" instead of "kilometre". The same people would never say, "kilogram", kilobyte" or centimetre", so why "Kilometre"?

    (We still use miles in this country, and there are no problems pronouncing that! :) )
     
  11. Jim1999

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    In Canada, we converted to metric, but many of us still think in miles. Even our car guages are in both metric and English. It is a little awkward sharing the border with the USA.

    I remember doing drawings for a house 30 miles ago, where they changed their building code to metric. I had to do metric drawings for a building permit, then drawings in feet and inches for the builder.

    By the way, mate, most of us say "kil-o-meters" in Canada, or "kilom-eters".

    Then, we measure a gallon differently in Canada and the USA.

    Cheers,

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  12. Melanie

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    American spelling bugs me!

    Australian Labor Party....kowtowing to America
    New Zealand Labour Party.....standing proud for their British heritage.

    A NZ place name that is "Feilding"....makes me want to get out my red pencil and correct.

    EnZedders swallow their vowels.....because the Maori language has hardly any consonents and stole all the vowels.

    Aussies speak through their noses and sound strident.

    I of course do not have an accent, every one else on the planet does:tongue3:

    Wanganui town is on the Whanganui river.....blood was almost drawn over the debate of putting an "H" into the town. It is a silent "H" and there are dialectal differences in Maori.....so to call Wanganui...Fonganui is just plain wrong....but correct up north.:applause:
     
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    Well, he was there on a unit TDY
     
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    The word writhing.

    When someone is squirming in pain they are wryth-ing (with long i sound). But some people pronounce it writh-ing (with short i sound). Bothers me!
     
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    How to pronounce certain towns or cities bothers me. I stopped at a gas station in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and asked the lady working there if it was pronounced Wilkes- "bear" or Wilkes- "bar". She said both!

    I do know how to pronounce Louisville in Kentucky, the proper pronunciaton is Lua vul.

    I still am not certain how to pronounce New Orleans, I say New r leens, but I think it should be New Or le ans.

    Lots of folks say Kiss A Me for Kissimmee, Fl., but it is pronounced Ka Sim e

    Does anybody know the proper pronunciation for Worchester, Ma.?
     
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    Why waste a good "u" when it's not needed. :laugh:
     
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    ...or how to pronounce "Birmingham" (the "original" one in the UK - clue: it's not pronounced "BIRMingHAM"). And what about "Worcestershire" (English county, and name of a savoury sauce!) and my own town, Paignton, or the name of two separate villages in my county, "Woolfardisworthy"? :laugh:
     
  18. Rippon

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    I don't like the pronunciation by some (usually some Americans from the south) saying things like 'the po-lice -- or in-surance. The emphasis on the first syllable in those words makes the speaker sound like a hick.
     
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    What gets me is not necessarily the pronunciation of words, but the improper usage of certain words that has become so ordinary, people look at you stupid if you correct them, as if the corrector is wrong. For instance, the sentence, "No, that's not my forte", people always pronounce the word as "For-tay", when it should be pronounce "Fort". "For-tay" is a musical term meaning loud.

    The military has two that really bug me. "Cache" is often pronounced "Cash-ay" instead of "Cash". And a made up word, "Orientate", used in place of the word "Orient". "Orientate your weapons up and down range."
     
  20. Melanie

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    or "filum" instead of "film".

    or "root" instead of "ro ute"" I cannot do the phonetics there....:tongue3:
     

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