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I'm a sucker to the segue as well!

But also, maniacal - thought it was just maniac-al instead of man-eye-ack-al.

No idea how people can learn English as a second language!
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Originally posted by swilki swilki wrote:

Maybe this is a cross the pond thing but in the UK it is fortay as if the acute e was lost.

'Fortay' is the predominate pronunciation just about every where English is spoken, I believe. Enough so that it could probably be considered correct. But it's one of those examples of where the less sensical version of something persisted, and the line between persistence and correctness is awkward territory. We shouldn't be slaves to etymology, but it still deserves some respect.

When I was growing up, sentences like 'I did good on my English test' were commonplace. It was hitting a point where I was ready to accept that's just how it is now, much like the near total demise of 'whom'. But it seems to have reversed a little and more people are once again 'doing well' on their tests, opting for charity or volunteerism when they long to 'do good'.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Cosima Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2021 at 5:27pm
Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

Originally posted by Reasonably_Crazy Reasonably_Crazy wrote:

Originally posted by ChillyToez ChillyToez wrote:



sieve which I always thought rhymed with believe until some nice person disabused me of that idea.... 

Uhhhh... so what DOES it rhyme with? Because I also pronounce it like "believe"

Rhymes with 'give'.

Well. I learned something today. LOL

I used to think "affluent" was pronounced with the stress on the second syllable: a-FLOO-ent.
Also took a while to learn "paradigm."
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One that springs to mind was I used to think 'blackguard' was pronounced how it's spelt.
In the opposite problem, I used to hear 'respite' as 'restbite' and for a long time thought that was how the word was written. In my defence, it sort of means to have a rest from something...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nimhathuna Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2021 at 9:22am
None. However, my grandmother (who brought me up) always said 'vigenar' instead of 'vinegar.' It was always her downfall.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nero Nero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2021 at 10:21am
So many!
‘Rendezvous’ is one I remember distinctly from a Three Investigators book.
To be honest there are still many words that I read snd understand but never say - in some cases just in case! Crazy English spelling (that’s what I tell my seven year old - and yes I know rendezvous is French lol).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote KateHJ Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2021 at 10:51am
Well. I learned something today. LOL

I used to think "affluent" was pronounced with the stress on the second syllable: a-FLOO-ent.
Also took a while to learn "paradigm."
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A WHOLE lot of people pronounce it that way! I always pronounced it correctly, but started to doubt myself later after hearing so many well-educated people pronounce it that way! LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Reasonably_Crazy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2021 at 1:49pm
Originally posted by theinquisitor theinquisitor wrote:

One that springs to mind was I used to think 'blackguard' was pronounced how it's spelt.

I just learned this one recently thanks to the subtitles on Shadow and Bone (if I'm remembering correctly). I was like, hey, the actor said "blaggard" but the subtitles said "blackguard" and... ohhhhhhh.
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The first time I said the word "fiery" out loud was during a read-aloud portion in high school English. I didn't connect that "fiery" was you know.... fiery. Instead, I thought it was pronounced like Guy Fieri's surname, which was rough to say the least.

At present, I've received weird looks for the way I pronounce "drought" (like doubt) but I'm sticking with it!
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Originally posted by thedreaminghare thedreaminghare wrote:


At present, I've received weird looks for the way I pronounce "drought" (like doubt) but I'm sticking with it!

Well, drought and doubt rhyme in Australian English. How else do people pronounce drought?
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