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  1. #101
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    Jun 2008
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    Asheville, NC

    For Us WNC Folks

    The Classic: Leicester

    Lee-cester?

    Lehster?

  2. #102
    Quote Originally Posted by PSurprise View Post
    The Classic: Leicester

    Lee-cester?

    Lehster?
    I was going to post this myself,but didn't think it would resonate any further than Old Fort.

  3. #103
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    Feb 2007
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    Chesapeake, VA.
    As luck would have it, I heard one of the radio personalities in our area say "REE-LUH-TER" just this morning on my way to work. This was mentioned earlier in this thread. Cracks me up every time! Ree-luh-ter, really? Like jew-luh-ree? That's another one that I think is pretty common.

    On a related note, a few years ago when all those realtor commercials showed up on tv and on the radio, it bugged me that they tried so hard to let you know that the last syllable is spelled with an "o" rather than an "e" by pronouncing it "ree-ul-TOR" in a really awkward way. I don't feel like that's necessary. I mean, raptor can be pronounced "rap-ter," no? You don't have to say the "Toe-ron-toe rap-TORES," do you? In my mind, there is no reason in the world to say "When you want to by or sell real estate, make sure to call a ree-ul-TOR." Coulda just said "re-ul-ter," in my opinion.
    "We are not provided with wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can take for us, an effort which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world." --M. Proust

  4. #104
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    Nov 2007
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    Durham, NC
    Any of the numerous pronunciations of Raleigh that isn't Raleigh or some southern-affected pronunciation that is similar.

  5. #105
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    Feb 2007
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    Greensboro, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    A friend of mine grew up thinking A-1 sauce was AL sauce, like Al Jones or something...
    An acquaintance of mine back in the mid-70s never quite believed that he had misunderstood (despite a three-year Army stint) the phrase describing a very enthusiastic soldier. Instead of 'gung ho', he was pretty sure the phrase was 'gun hole'.

    I still giggle thinking about 'ol Don. He knew people were messing with him most times. He just couldn't figure out how.
    Man, if your Mom made you wear that color when you were a baby, and you're still wearing it, it's time to grow up!

  6. #106
    Heigth for height.

  7. #107
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    Nov 2009
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    Richmond, VA
    I absolutely can't stand when someone says nucular instead of nuclear. It makes me want to do bad things to them. George W. was the WORST! I honestly thought no one could ever be as bad as a president who said "Nucular" until, well... we won't go there.
    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

  8. #108
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    Feb 2007
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    Forest Hills, NY

    Misused words per CNBC


  9. #109
    Quote Originally Posted by duke74 View Post
    They are stalking the DBR for content ideas...

  10. #110
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    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by YmoBeThere View Post
    Heigth for height.
    Heard a guy on the news this morning say, "weighth". ?!?!?

  11. #111
    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    Heard a guy on the news this morning say, "weighth". ?!?!?
    So you're saying that's not correct?

  12. #112
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    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by ClemmonsDevil View Post
    So you're saying that's not correct?
    Nopth.

  13. #113
    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    Nopth.
    Ha! Fantastic work!

  14. #114
    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    Nopth.
    Reminds me of something fantastic I saw online years ago. I believe it was a Tweet:

    It's Poetry Month.
    Which is funth.

  15. #115
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    Vermont
    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    Heard a guy on the news this morning say, "weighth". ?!?!?
    reminiscent of hoopsters with great lenth and strenth.

  16. #116
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    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    Reminds me of something fantastic I saw online years ago. I believe it was a Tweet:

    It's Poetry Month.
    Which is funth.
    Ha ha!

  17. #117
    Jicama. I pronounced it with a hard j in front of customers a couple of years ago! Hard j!!!! It was awful!!!

  18. #118
    Here’s a word/phrase the pronunciation of which irked me for years, because I saw it in print intermittently, heard it pronounced several entirely different ways, didn’t know which was correct, and, I guess, was too lazy to track it down. I knew its meaning, but not its pronunciation.

    Sui generis.

    At some point I learned the correct pronunciation. In case this helps any of you obsessed pronuncerizers, here’s a link. Scroll down to Word of the Day.

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dict.../sui%20generis

    A good friend of mine, having a bad ear for the lilt of language anyway and thinking the phrase French, pronounced it this way: swee zhan ree.
    Last edited by gumbomoop; 02-18-2021 at 02:39 PM.

  19. #119
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    North of Durham
    I frequently saw the increasingly popular word meme in writing but never heard it spoken. Having studied French, I always assumed that meme was pronounced like the word meme in French, which has a ^ (accent circumflex) over the first e so rhymes with them. I finally figured out what the correct pronunciation is. I prefer my way but I think I'm outvoted.

  20. #120
    Quote Originally Posted by gumbomoop View Post
    ..
    A good friend of mine, having a bad ear for the lilt of language anyway and thinking the phrase French, pronounced it this way: swee zhan ree.
    Sorry, I don't recognize you from your user name buddy. But I do appreciate being called your good friend.

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