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Old 12-25-2010, 11:47 AM   #21
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DO any of you ever take to pronouncing something incorrectly just because you want to make yourself understood? Or, in some cases, if you say it correctly, people think you're putting on airs? I.
I'm like that when I order Chinese Food on the phone.
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:38 PM   #22
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lol, i guess so. like the famous sacre bleu, or sacre dieu.
Or Sac-re-iliack
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I'm like that when I order Chinese Food on the phone.
In a similar vein, I say "white seed" or "black seed" when buying bagels at St-Viateur Bagel Factory. Otherwise I would say "sesame seed" or "poppy seed".
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If I know the correct way to say something, that is what I use in any conversation...except for Dubois, WY...it's Due-boyz...not Du-bwah...
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If I know the correct way to say something, that is what I use in any conversation...except for Dubois, WY...it's Due-boyz...not Du-bwah...
Do you say Eell-ee-nwah (Illinois)?
See-ooh (Sioux)?
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Do you say Eell-ee-nwah (Illinois)?
See-ooh (Sioux)?
Ill-i-noy

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Actually, not being from the state I now call home, I have been known to call it eel-ee-nwa. I don't do it often (like I said, I try, for the most part to blend in, party of my military brat upbringing). Actually, sometimes many generations locals and I get in conversations, and I tell them that the tribe of Native Americans around here were called the Illini (I may have that misspelled) and the early French settlers called this Illinois. In other words, place of the Illini. Like Tourquoise, the color, means Turkish in French, and Chinoise (think antiques and the Eastern correspondent, Chinoy, I think his name is), simply mean "Chinese" in French.

But, hey, I've got a thing for word origins. Sort of a hobby for me. But like I said, for the most part I pronounce words the way the locals do. It's pop here, soda there, and my grandparents called it tonic. It's a water fountain there, a bubbler there.

The one thing I'll never get used to is Ant for Aunt. Luckily, now that I'm a grand-aunt, I've graduated to being Ma Tante! So no longer to I have to cringe when someone calls me "Anne-tee"!
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Actually, not being from the state I now call home, I have been known to call it eel-ee-nwa. I don't do it often (like I said, I try, for the most part to blend in, party of my military brat upbringing). Actually, sometimes many generations locals and I get in conversations, and I tell them that the tribe of Native Americans around here were called the Illini (I may have that misspelled) and the early French settlers called this Illinois. In other words, place of the Illini. Like Tourquoise, the color, means Turkish in French, and Chinoise (think antiques and the Eastern correspondent, Chinoy, I think his name is), simply mean "Chinese" in French.

But, hey, I've got a thing for word origins. Sort of a hobby for me. But like I said, for the most part I pronounce words the way the locals do. It's pop here, soda there, and my grandparents called it tonic. It's a water fountain there, a bubbler there.

The one thing I'll never get used to is Ant for Aunt. Luckily, now that I'm a grand-aunt, I've graduated to being Ma Tante! So no longer to I have to cringe when someone calls me "Anne-tee"!
I too, grew up in the military. I understand that attempt to "fit in" with the locals. I crack up when someone says Miss-oola...shows they didn't grow up around here. It's Mi-zoola...or Zootown.

Funny thing about the Aunt...my nephew couldn't say Elizabeth, so my sister tried to teach him, "Beth"...which he kept pronouncing "Bath." So, the day I pulled up for a visit after a long time, he was out on the porch, jumping up and down, yelling "Aunt Deth, Aunt Deth!" My sister settled for "AuntE!" until he could pronounce my name after that!
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Just for fun, my DH and I pronounce crudités "crud ites"
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Just for fun, my DH and I pronounce crudités "crud ites"
Hors d'œuvres are pronounced Horse Doovers...
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