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Monday, February 1, 2010

How to Say Stuff in English


Even during my self-imposed blog hiatus I feel compelled to check in with you grammar lovers. Something to chew on: mydictionary.com's list of commonly mispronounced words and phrases. While technically right, some of the items on this list seem a little extreme. My own peeves include transposing syllables/letters (the infamous "nu-kyuh-ler" version of nuclear) and inserting syllables/letters where they don't belong ("miss-CHEE-vee-us"--wrong--instead of "MISS-chuh-vus"--there are only three syllables in the word mischievous, gang). Enjoy, and if you like, state your own peeve or opinion in the Comments section.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Claire, I wanted to let you know I've nominated you for a Prolific Blogger Award: http://jbrubacher.blogspot.com/2010/02/national-storytelling-week-prolific.html

    Thanks for having such a great blog! I've been enjoying it very much.

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  2. One particular pronunciation that annoys me (and I'm not even sure if my way is correct) is when people pronounce Jewellery as Jool-erry rather than Jewel-ree which sounds more correct to me.

    I suspect the correct pronunciation may even be Jewel-erry, but that sounds cumbersome.

    Since the word is talking about a collection of Jewels, condensing the word Jewel into Jool just sounds lazy.

    Which is correct?

    (Come back soon Claire - I miss you blog updates)

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