I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

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I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby Quatermass » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:22 pm

Accents and pronounciations are a funny old thing, aren't they? You've got all these words that are pronounced differently between various English-speaking countries. This thread is about personal preferences rather than specific regional variations, though.

For example, I pronounce 'mayor' as 'may-yer', whereas my mother pronounces it as 'mare', and often corrects me, to which I almost always retort of late that a 'mare' (to put it far more delicately than I do in my retort) is what a stallion has amorous relations with.

I also pronounce 'lieutenant' as 'loo-tenant' rather than the general English pronunciation of 'lef-tenant'. I have to wonder who the chucklehead who thought up the latter pronunciation was? :roll:
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Re: I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby Conforumist » Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:04 am

Don't even get me started!!

I live in a province where people say "xspecially" and "xcape" and they think that's normal.

They say "come" in the past tense.
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Re: I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby jaznbonnie » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:59 am

This actually touches on my pet peeve. It is the word "probably". Many people in my region pronounce it as "prolly". I'd like to know where they think both b's went? :?: :roll:
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Re: I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby raptornx01 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:48 am

Heh, I pronounce Probably as probly (and often spell it that if I need to use shorthand.)

The Lieutenant thing I'm the same way. To me it always sounds like they are saying Left-Tenant which makes me think there is a right-tenant. makes it worse when the phrase Right, Left-tenant pops up :lol:

I've always said wash as wahsh, despite that my mother has always said it as warsh. Though I do say creek the way she does, which is crick. and my brother insists on pronouncing ethernet as eh-thernet instead of ee-thernet as I do.
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Re: I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby Quatermass » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:25 am

I generally pronounce 'probably' as 'probly', although that is probably a bit of Strine. And I say 'wosh'.
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Re: I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby Ghost » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:29 am

roite yow lot bin talkin bout accents well tak a look at this clip
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Re: I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby Penfold » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:23 pm

Just thought I would include this. :lol:

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Re: I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby Catch-up » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:33 pm

:lol: I've seen that before, but it still made me laugh!
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Re: I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby ChristianBecker » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:46 pm

jaznbonnie wrote:This actually touches on my pet peeve. It is the word "probably". Many people in my region pronounce it as "prolly". I'd like to know where they think both b's went? :?: :roll:

Prolly gone missing a long time ago.
I usually say "probably", though.
As a non native speaker I should be able give you a long list of how I pronounce words, which could be quite amusing. On the other hand, as soon as I know how a word is supposed to be pronounced, I try to use that pronunciation. Of the other words, I don't know whether I'm pronouncing them right or not.
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Re: I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby Tonyblack » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:00 pm

Not really a pronunciation thing - but I have noticed that the word 'absolutely' (actually - ab-so-lutey!) gets used a lot by people in conversation. Whatever happened to the word 'yes'? :?
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Re: I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby jaznbonnie » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:05 pm

raptornx01 wrote:Heh, I pronounce Probably as probly (and often spell it that if I need to use shorthand.)

The Lieutenant thing I'm the same way. To me it always sounds like they are saying Left-Tenant which makes me think there is a right-tenant. makes it worse when the phrase Right, Left-tenant pops up :lol:

I've always said wash as wahsh, despite that my mother has always said it as warsh. Though I do say creek the way she does, which is crick. and my brother insists on pronouncing ethernet as eh-thernet instead of ee-thernet as I do.


One of my roommates at school used to pronounce "wash" as "warsh". It took several months but I finally managed to train her to pronounce it without the "r" - "wa(ah)sh". ;) :lol:
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Re: I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby Bouncy Castle » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:29 pm

Don't mind prolly, but people who pronounce chimney as chimbley do my head in.
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Re: I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby raptornx01 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:54 pm

jaznbonnie wrote:
One of my roommates at school used to pronounce "wash" as "warsh". It took several months but I finally managed to train her to pronounce it without the "r" - "wa(ah)sh". ;) :lol:


Was your roommate from Pennsylvania too? :lol:
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Re: I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby Joolz » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:07 pm

Not family friendly..

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Re: I Say, You Say... (Accents and quirks)

Postby raisindot » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:46 pm

Everything everyone else has mentioned so pales in comparison to the gut-wrentching, chalkboard-scratching, brain frying awfulness of the Bahhhhhston accent. :D
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