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    What words do people always mispronounce that reeeeeally annoy you?

    I hate it when people try to say "specific" and instead say "pacific".

    Idiot: "Can you be more pacific?"
    Me: "Can I be a large expanse of salt water? No I f***ing can't"

    Also, a lot of people in Manchester can't say "hospital". They inexplicably change the 't' to a 'c'... "hospical". Ugh.

    Anyway, how about you lot?

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    There's no H when you say the letter H out loud. There really isn't.

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    what are you talking about haytch is the sound h makes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shauna View Post
    what are you talking about haytch is the sound h makes
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11642588

    I mean it's at the point where it's not wrong because so many people do it now, but it's not the *~*true*~* way. I'm a hypocrite because I said it all the time during my LP of FFVII haitch-dee remaster mod, got blasted for it in the comments and learned my lesson. Now I am a convert.

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    That's an interesting little article.

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    Mostly I get annoyed at words that have really non-phonetic spelling. Like, when I found out that escalope is pronounced "scallop" I was baffled. What the hell did they spell it that way for!?

    I can forgive people who get things wrong because of those kind of spelling related reasons. People who say things in a completely incorrect way when the spelling is as clear as day and can't fall back onto a "oh, it's a regional dialect/accent thing" (eg. Thing -> Ting) can cause annoyance, though.
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    Accents are weird. There's a lot of British pronunciations that make me quirk an eyebrow. To be fair, American Southerns drive me bonkers too with their accents.

    I've heard the Pacific over Specific thing more times than I've heard it used properly here.

    The only time I have issues with pronunciation is with words I've read and used in writing but haven't actually ever said. I read a lot and there are many words I'm familiar with in that context but I haven't really ever heard them actually spoken. So I've sometimes had it play right in my head but when I try to say it, my tongue fumbles about and it comes out garbled. I will have to attempt to say it again and then it usually ruins any point I was trying to make by using said word because of how bad I messed it up.

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    axe a question

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    While overall I try to maintain a descriptionist perspective, it really bothers me when people type out "could of" and "should of".

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    Meh. I used to be all uptight about stuff like this. Now, I aspire to be a live-and-let-live descriptionist, wafting around in a carefree manner whilst singing "Anything Goes!".



    However...

    I worked on and off as a barista for 2 months last year.

    The first time someone asked for an "Expresso", it didn't bother me in the slightest. Nor the second time. Nor even the third.

    By the hundredth time, on the other hand... Well, let's just say that this mug makes my feelings clear.

    Mug+01.jpg

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    All of them. All of the errors. I hear them and I pounce.

    Related: I started using "fewer" incorrectly as a sarcastic running gag, but then I started using fewer incorrectly, and effectively had an existential crisis.

    And that was the day that I vowed never to be sarcastic again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychotic View Post
    There's no H when you say the letter H out loud. There really isn't.
    A B C D E F G *hhhhuuuhhh* I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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