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wrong words and pronunciation

Postby Rob Calvert » Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:47 pm


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wrong words and pronunciation

Postby Rob Calvert » Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:47 pm

Is it only me or are their others out there that detest the rash of bad pronunciations and just plain wrong words. I find that news reporters up to a certain age and vertually all young people say it, and I can find no reason for it. Is it the inability, or the lazyness of pronouncing the words correctly that end in "ent" or "n't." These words require an omph from the diaphragm and the only reason I can see is that it is easier to say. Then you have the news reporters in their 30s and for a while they were pronouncing these words correctly. Then overnight it was as if they thought it sounded better?? Take the word student: they pronounce it stu-dent as opposed to stud-ent, or couldn't: they say could-dent, you can actually hear the double D.

Now the wrong words and this error is spreading like wild fire. Not just the younger people but older 50s people. IE. Jay Leno of the tonight's show uses it , yuck! Here is a sample sentence: "He knew what I was talking about, and he goes"----"but I didn't (pronounced did-dent!)The key word here is GOES for the correct word SAID! This shows up most offen with stand-up comedians. Another word is a combination: "BUTA" in use: "He didn't (did-dent)go there buta---"The key word is not a word at all----buta--- said but-ah.

Are there others that hate this ------------------------------------------Rob

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RE: wrong words and pronunciation

Postby Gooblink » Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:49 am

Welcome Rob!

I can't say that I've spent too much time fretting over this one. With the possible exception of NucYOOler, I'm willing to give people a pass on pronunciation.

I'm more frustrated by:

1) People who don't wash their hands after they use the restroom.
2) Drivers who tailgate.
3) Socialists.
4) People who hate me because I'm beautiful.

Buta, you've got a point. :)

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RE: wrong words and pronunciation

Postby entropy_happens » Sun Jan 29, 2006 4:13 pm

Yes, I hate when people pronounce things incorrectly or use poor grammar. I went to Sedona with my parents and sister last summer, and we were in this one artsy shop run by an old woman. A man asked her the difference between two pieces of art that looked relatively similar. She replied, "Touch it and you'll see the difference."
I laughed so much that I left the store.
Lynne

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RE: wrong words and pronunciation

Postby StevieJoe_Payne » Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:57 am

I am a linguistic, not professionally, but as an interest, perhaps as a hobby but I don't think that hobby is the accurate word. I found that, in teaching Spanish, with its ability for ultra-accurate pronunication, I learned to better study the sounds of English. A couple of my books are A History of Spanish, A History of English, and The Sounds of the World's Languages and they have made me aware of sounds in language. First, languages are not fixed and the sounds change over time. There is a tendency for laziness in speech and it may be a need for efficiency. I noticed that I often say "idn't it?" for "isn't it?" and I observed this in a great many other people. I think it is because it is easier to enunciate in normal conversation. When I read aloud I probably do say "isn't it?" as a reading pronunciation. Then we all imitate other speech patterns and they tell a lot about us. In San Francisco I asked a man if he were from East Texas and he asked me how I knew. He said "in the AFTU-noon" with strong stress on the first syllable and that was the clue. I had lived there and it took me a long time to get that out of my own speech. The use of words causes them to change, in both meaning and pronunciation. It is a part of the life of words and I expect that it will always be with us.

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RE: wrong words and pronunciation

Postby bongobro » Sun Feb 05, 2006 3:12 pm

Hey Rob, welcome. I have worked in broadcasting for over 30 years (that's my day job when I'm not banging the bongos or clicking the keys on a computer) and few things drive me crazier than mispronunciation or misuse of words.

Some of them are regional quirks (in the St. Louis area, for example, "warsh" for "wash"). Others are laziness (I'd use the mangling of "couldn't" as an example, but I want to keep this post G-rated). The third option is the overuse of slang (as in the Chrysler TV commercials in which Snoop Dogg says "if da ride is mo' fly, you must buy.") It may be slang, but it's often just plain mispronunciation.

To paraphrase Gloria Estefan, "the words get in the way" too often.

You are not alone!

Charlie
Keep the beat goin'...

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RE: wrong words and pronunciation

Postby loudermilk » Mon Feb 06, 2006 11:51 am

Hay y'all. I taught dis wuz da Interduckshun sexsion. I had ta goe bak jess ta make shore. Bud I nose frum whar ya'ze is a comen. An I reckon days thangs wut bodders me too. Fer instance, I bin driven "over" da bridge fer "more than" 30 years.

But hey, life is too short to get too excited about the way our society is changing.

Welcome Rob, and don't take me too seriously. I don't. :)

Jack


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RE: wrong words and pronunciation

Postby DonnaReed » Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:55 am

Hi,

Stuff like that don't bother me none.

I'm not too rigid. I like it when folks take liberty with words.

And I appreciate slang, dialects, etc.

Ah, go head and butcher the language ere now and again.

Sometimes, when it's flubs by folks who are trying to come across as highly ejamucated, it's humorous.


:)

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RE: wrong words and pronunciation

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RE: wrong words and pronunciation

Postby DonnaReed » Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:23 pm

Aw, I'll bet you say that to all the 60's, tv homemaker-monikered ladies.

Sooooo

I'll bet you watched Leave it to Beaver and My Three Sons too.



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