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    Screwed-up words

    Inspired by the screwed-up sayings thread. What are some of your pet-peeves with "misspeak" or pronunciation?

    I'm limiting it to spoken words ... if I get into writing screw-ups, my list would never end.

    A couple:

    1. Eck-cetera (for etcetera)

    2. Astrick (asterisk)*

    * I don't hear the "asterisk" gaffe very often because it's not common in most everyday conversation ... but I'm amazed how many different people over the years have said "astrick." Strange thing is, I've rarely heard it said correctly. Have people never seen it in print?


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    Re: Screwed-up words

    Seems like people leave out the 'k' in asked quited a bit.



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    Re: Screwed-up words

    I hear the s left out in "specific" quite a bit



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    Re: Screwed-up words

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    Somehow, an 'r' gets lost in both of those words.



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    Re: Screwed-up words

    acrost (across)



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    Re: Screwed-up words

    Nu-cue-ler (nuclear)

    Gro-sure-y (grocery)


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    Re: Screwed-up words

    I hate it when people leave out the R sound in words like "warsh" and "Warshington".

    But seriously, as irritating to me as the r in warsh is the ending r you hear on the east coast and some parts of Britain like "idea" pronounced "idear".


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    Re: Screwed-up words

    Crik instead of creek...


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    Re: Screwed-up words

    Quote Originally Posted by sdillon500 View Post
    Nu-cue-ler (nuclear)

    Gro-sure-y (grocery)
    Merriam Webster lists Grosh-ry and Gross-ry as variants (both acceptable pronounciations). If the issue you have is with the three syllables, that is not listed. If the issue is with the sh vs. s sound, Webster disagrees that either is screwed up.



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    Re: Screwed-up words

    Quote Originally Posted by sunnysideup View Post
    Crik instead of creek...
    When I was growing up in rural Iowa, we had a loose hierarchy of moving bodies of water. From smallest to largest:

    Crick
    Creek
    Stream
    River

    I'm not saying it's correct, because it isn't.


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    Re: Screwed-up words

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclones500 View Post
    Inspired by the screwed-up sayings thread. What are some of your pet-peeves with "misspeak" or pronunciation?

    I'm limiting it to spoken words ... if I get into writing screw-ups, my list would never end.

    A couple:

    1. Eck-cetera (for etcetera)

    2. Astrick (asterisk)*

    * I don't hear the "asterisk" gaffe very often because it's not common in most everyday conversation ... but I'm amazed how many different people over the years have said "astrick." Strange thing is, I've rarely heard it said correctly. Have people never seen it in print?

    My daughter has trouble pronouncing a word that no one else I know has trouble with. She can't say "different." It always comes out "dinferent." She's 21, too, so it's not like she hasn't learned to speak clearly yet.


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    Re: Screwed-up words

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    When I was growing up in rural Iowa, we had a loose hierarchy of moving bodies of water. From smallest to largest:

    Crick
    Creek
    Stream
    River

    I'm not saying it's correct, because it isn't.
    We were about the same.

    We had a crick on the farm, but over the hill was Catfish Creek. More of a informal/formal thing.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bipolarcy View Post
    My daughter has trouble pronouncing a word that no one else I know has trouble with. She can't say "different." It always comes out "dinferent."
    My five year old usually picks up on pronounciation corrections really quickly, but she hasn't been able to correct this one in almost 3 years. She says "before" as "febore"


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