You are looking at a deer tick. Don’t run out of the room — Bossy’s sister in law we’re looking at you — this post is not about bugs. Not to worry. No, this post is about deer ticks.
Kidding! Actually Bossy wants to talk about this:
It’s Lyme, Connecticut — the namesake of the disease which was originally discovered in and around this region in the mid 1970s.
The first thing you should know is: Bossy is a little bit obsessed with this disease, which is often impossible to diagnosis and has devastating long term ramifications.
Just ask Bossy’s friend Jeff about Bossy’s little obsession, where little equals all kinds of big.
The second thing you should know is: Bossy, who has been obsessed with this disease for two decades, has been pronouncing it wrong this whole time.
Somewhere along the way Bossy thought there was an apostrophe S attached to her obsession, sort of like the deer tick attaches to the underside of one’s ear lobe!
But Bossy can’t for the life of her imagine where she picked this up! Kind of like the deer tick you pick up on your pant leg when walking on that path!
Bossy mispronounces lots of other things too, but none come to mind. Mostly because one must have a mind in order for things to come to it.
So Bossy looked online to find a list of common mispronunciations. Shall we?
- Across, not acrossed
- Ask, not aks
- Nuclear, not nucular
- Barbed wire, not bob wire
- Cardsharp, not card shark
- Are you kidding with the cardsharp?
- Bossy has been saying that wrong her whole life
- Champ at the bit. Not chomp at the bit
- Uh-oh with the whole champ at the bit thing. Just saying
- Escape. Not excape
- For all intents and purposes, not for all intensive purposes
- Bossy was guilty of writing that once. For all intensive purposes. That’s okay, it was only a letter to Bossy’s son’s teacher
- Oh Bossy, who taught you English?
- Height. Not heighth
- Long-lived. Not long-lived.
- Seriously, that’s what the website says, long-lived not long-lived
- Bossy read and reread that one until her eyes bled and still she can’t find the difference
- Spit and image. Not spitting image
- Are you kidding Bossy with the spit and image? Bossy is putting herself back to bed for a week
When it comes to saying things incorrectly, Bossy can sum up her experience in this way: Bossy’s dad doesn’t call her Miss Malaprop for no reason.
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy about a word or phrase you or your loved one gets wrong?
And be sure to check back later today for the wrongest words on the web!
Here’s the list of 100 Most Often Mispronounced Words
km saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm
dudn’t , every time W said it I cringed.
lee saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm
Please don’t order strimps or shimp or shrimps, it’s SHRIMP.
The Domestic Goddess saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm
Kid: antublance, hopsital, boren (instead of ambulance, hospital and born).
Smalltown Mom saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm
My former boss would always say pacificly instead of specifically.
jenny saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm
Apparently, it’s y’all, not ya’ll. My southern husband says.
Laura saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm
Forte (when meaning strength) is pronounced fort (silent e). It’s derived from French. Forte (meaning loud) comes from the Italian and is pronounced FORT-ay.
Also scan, which until 15 years ago only meant A THOROUGH STUDY not to be confused with skim (after all who wants a CAT-SKIM????) But it’s been misused so much that now the definition in Websters is either “a thorough study” OR “a quick glance.” Who’s confused, now, Bossy?
Kris saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm
My mother-in-law: flusterated, Simonese cat, jewelary, “cocnut” cake. :s
Corrin saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm
My grandma says Neosperm instead Neosporin. If I had known better, I would have been afraid of getting knocked up every time I scraped my knee.
Snow saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm
Five year old singing showtune:
Uncle Homer = Oklahoma.
DemMom saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm
A good friend says, “I was besideS myself,” instead of “beside myself.” Drives me CRAZY!
Alison of a Gun saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm
When I found out it’s, “You’ve got another THINK coming”….UGGHHH!!!
BOSSY saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm
You’ve got another THINK coming? Are you for real? Whoa!
Wombat Central saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm
My FIL is always providing these for us. Our favorite is “dildo,” which he pronounces as “DIL-doo.” I don’t even want to attempt to remember why we would have ever had to hear him utter that word.
Leisa Hammett saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm
My newly dearly departed Daddy (http://leisahammett.com/the_journey_with_grace/2011/03/oh-february.html) used two taunt my longer departed Mother with al-ke-hall for alcohol and may-un-naise for mayonnaise.
Maggie saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm
With bated breath your reputation precedes you & doesn’t faze you.
Ami saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm
Oooh! My husband says pamplet not pamphlet; makes me crazy.
Kimi saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm
My husband says “Gah forgive” instead of “Gah forbid”. And the other day he said hostile when he meant hostel. He doesn’t read books, poor dear.
Kait saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm
Grilled cheese. Thought was GIRLED cheese. Mom’s pronunciation.
The Mayor saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm
FIL: chickmunk for chipmunk. Spouse: eye-talian for Italian. Ugh
linlah saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm
Someone in my house says deplicting or deplicted not depicted.
Kizz saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm
Best friend: PhildelTHia. She has 3 higher degrees. Love her.
(One of those long-lived has a long I as in Life, instead of the short one in Live.
Actually, there’s a case to be made for both card sharp and card shark. I wrote a play where it figures very prominently and the explanation is oddly sexy when delivered by the right actor.)
Little Miss Sunshine State saysMarch 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm
There is no place in Florida called New Sah-Myrna Beach!!
(It’s Smyrna-2 syllables, not 3. The local TV newspeople murder the pronounciation)
the mrs saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm
Too many people say “with regards” there’s no “s” unless you mean “regards”, which too many people don’t. “I was confused with regard to her obsession with lyme disease” and “Give my regards to your mother” See?
Debby saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm
Mariana not marinara. Don’t take mom out for Italian anymore
Tarable saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm
Mom says “Warshington” instead of “Washington”. Also, “squarsh” and “gorsh”.
Alison of a Gun saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm
@Bossy the conversation is about a few other things but man it caused a big ol’ debate: http://www.metafilter.com/65161/999991
And I still think “think” doesn’t make any sense, but whatever!
TanyaK saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm
Gyro. I don’t know if there is a proper way to pronounce it, but there are THOUSANDS of ways to mispronounce it. I say “YEAR-o” because it hurts my ears the least.
TanyaK saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Sorry, not 10 words…
Gryo is a mean word. I don’t like saying it.
Maggie saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm
Instead of nip it in the bud – some say butt.
lauren saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm
wheel barrel is wheel barrow but i couldn’t care less.
rockle saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm
“This needs warshed” drives me MONKEYBUTT CRAZY. Try a verb!
Dr. Liz saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Friend: “In conjuncture” instead of “in conjunction”; still good friend. 🙂
Jeni saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Oh Bossy, until today, I’ve always pronounced it “long-lived.”
(Impressed with my 10 word ability on this one, but still so shamed by my obvious ignorance of the above. Or would that be ashamed?)
Am now spending the rest of the day in silence.
dexter saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm
What Choo talkin bout Willis
It’s, what are you talking about Willis
Not June Cleaver saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm
A friend says “imparticular” instead of “in particular.” Go figure.
DawnA saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm
foliage NOT foilage or folage. Hearing lymeS disease at home.
JJ saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm
Liberry instead of Library. ack!
Not June Cleaver saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm
Another one that makes me nuts is prolly not probably.
Deb saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm
My husband has always said “al-blum” like someone’s name, not an album.
BossysMom saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm
guilty: Lymes. I’ve been doing intense research for 7 mos. and didn’t catch it!!! (Maybe that’s cause I have it)
Deb saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm
OHHH, almost forgot this one too – “old timers disease” not alzheimers disease.
BossysMom saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm
you say halla and I say challa.
and how bout gaz?
BOSSY saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm
A friend nearly kicked out of university for Irregardless. REGARDLESS…
lauren saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm
My Dixie hubbie pronounces L’s wherever they appear: salmon, tortilla…
kathy saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm
The millions(?) of people who say Kath-a leen instead of Kathleen
BossysMom saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm
Bossy….do this every Tues. Eye opening…
Shipyard not shippyyard.
kathy saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm
People who call my sister Elaine, Alaine. Drives her nuts
km saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm
km saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm
Nitch for niche. Jesus, the cold sweats it gives me
Alissa saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm
It’ clearly eSpresso, people!! From the italian word “to press.”
km saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm
foyER and, in Long Island, PoinsettER . Lose your ‘r’s (tee hee)
km saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm
#45 Kathy I hear you !!
km saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm
Unless you’re good at Hebrew you can’t pronounce lepreCHaun.
km saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm
this morning friend said coerce for converse. not first time
km saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm
Punkin for Pumpkin
km saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm
km realizes she is a very cranky bugger btw.
km saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm
draw for drawer. Not finished yet
Wyogirl saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm
I’m in Wyoming. Clearly there is a guy named Bob that used to live here that invented the wire with barbs on it. He also drinks EXpresso instead of Espresso and gets here by riding on the Ray-road.
BSTBEH saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm
Bossy’s Husband used to (not use to) catch most of them for her. (word in parentheses don’t count against the 10)
MJ saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm
Dear Hubby, It’s not ValenTIME’s, but leave the gift there 🙂
Splint Chesthair saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm
No one ever had an issue with “segue”, pronouncing it “segoo”? I did. I knew what it was but had only read it in books until I eventually heard it on TV one day as a teenager and it clicked. Oooohhhh, segway!.
kathy saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm
My mother loved Engleba Huppadink. Major crush.Senior citizen show.
kathy saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm
Mum had divertiu-something. Every time she said something different.
Mimi saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm
dear friend always say berfday instead of birthday…I cringe.
kathy saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm
I always say exsacerbate instead of exacerbate. Totally tongue-tied.
Mary K saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm
“Supposably” (capable of being supposed) instead of “supposedly” (presumed true)
Mary K saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm
“All the sudden” incorrectly instead of “all of a sudden.”
Alison saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm
Would someone settle something for me: Is it Buck naked or Butt naked? I’ve seen and heard both ways and have no idea which is correct.
Summer saysMarch 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Daughter says: “comfty” not comfy (comfortable). Hubby: “anTANna” for antenna.
kristin @ going country saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm
To clarify: Long-lived pronounced with a long “i”–like “LIVE from New York, it’s Saturday night!”
Summer saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm
Pet peeves: irregardless, expresso, nucular, but mostly: supposably. The horror!!!
Michele saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm
Dear mom combines frustrated and flustered into: “flustrated”. Also called them “holler monkeys”.
kerry saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm
I have a loved one who likes sherBERT for dessert. Ah, it’s SHERBET. Not bert in there. Oh heck, let’s just call it sorbet, shall we?
Mary from California saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm
I grew up in Pennsylvania calling our nation’s capital Warshington.
Meg at the Members Lounge saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm
Hubby: We’re in like Flint. Michigan,honey?
Dobes saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm
I don’t like to hear an adult say ‘on accident’. In kids, it’s cute.
Karen saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Can’t believe nobody’s nominated “Feb-you-ary”. Pronounce that R: FebRUary.
Karen saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm
My BF left whole syllables out of “quintessential” – said “quint-ess-i-al”
Kathy from NJ saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm
Me to husband
“And what the hell am I, chopped cicken liver?”
WebSavvyMom saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm
–>My last Sr. VP said pacifically instead of specifically.
My pet peeve is liberry vs. library.
Locally, a lot of people say IdeaR instead of idea.
Angela saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm
My mother just found out a few years ago that it’s WheelBARROW, not WheelBARREL! The look on her face was priceless.
Susan saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm
Mauve: It’s pronounced the way the “au” in “taupe” is pronounced. It’s not mawhhhve. It’s a long “o” sound.
(Sorry, more than 10 words!)
Kathy from NJ saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm
Pronounced bivouac (biv-wack) as Bi-Oh-Vac.
Husband fell off chair.
Susan saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm
Just thought of another!
MISCHIEVOUS…. pronounced mis-che-vous. Not mis-cheev-ious. There is no “i” before the “ous.”
Kathy from NJ saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm
Am annoyed by:
People who drop the to be – shirts need ironed.
Kathy from NJ saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Windows need warshed.
Kathy from NJ saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm
Typo in #79 – I said,
“And what the hell am I, chopped chicken liver?”
Kathi saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm
My boss says “in lieu of” when he means “in light of.”
My mom goes to the “liberry.” She used to be a “seckatary.” (She can spell well even though she can’t pronounce all the words correctly.)
My dad loved SALmon.
It bugs me when people SAY, “I could care less” when they MEAN “I couldn’t care less.”
Also, “supposably.” UGH. If I could strike that from speech, I totally would.
My verbal pickiness has been passed on to my children–my 12 yr old daughter still talks about my dear SIL, who is as country as the day is long, who made her “PEE-CAN pies with SPLENDAR” last Christmas.
karen saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm
celliophone, walmarK, patteren, northeren, and medium specialist (for media specialist)
Stacey Ball saysMarch 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm
Has anyone ever told Bossy that her drawing of her friend Jeff looks quite like Bob Forrest with smoother skin? It’s uncanny!
Carroll saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm
I say it right, but “prostrate cancer”? Really, people!
Carol M saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm
My mom says mammeogram. (a combo of mimeograph and mammogram).
(When she says it, I picture the image of a breast printed in purple ink!)
zidia saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Most people say “gaz” for gas.
In Philly, it’s common for people to mix up their “d”s and “t”s; for example, excidet or delighdet,etc.
my Jewish accented grandfather called Perry Como,”Harry Cohen” !
Madame x saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm
I once had a boss the pronounced Sophmore…Southmore
his son was in the air ‘calvary’ helicopter corps,,, [sic] cavalry
I would cross myself every time he said ‘air calvary’ 🙂
Carroll saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm
“Little Susie finally graduated highschool” What happened to the “from”?!
lesliereid saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm
Son attends Westminster School. Husband says West-minister every @^#&*($ time.
bossy's friend martha saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm
Said rebarb not, rebar for YEARS. Still getting over it.
Carol M saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm
Some people say “artesian” when they mean “artisan”
Carroll saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm
Stepping aside from the fabulously enlightening (“card sharp”? What, really??) and entertaining game here:
Bossy’s Mom, you have Lyme disease? Oh no! Keep doing your research, woman, and persevere until you get good treatment. Our son had Lyme when he was in jr. high, and I well-know the need for aggressive medical care on that one, and the pitfalls of trying to get it. Encouraging hugs to you!!
And BSTBEH..Gosh darn, I liked “the Silver Fox” so much better 🙁
What the heck, encouraging hugs to the whole darn Bossy family!
Lori saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm
My mom pronounces diarrhea as “dire rear”. Makes sense though!
BOSSY saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm
A friend when training dog? Said “Yield” instead of Heel!
Lori saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm
My incorrect “land lovers” makes more sense than correct landlubbers.
Snow saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm
Radio guy: inner-esting instead of interesting.
(Paid to speak!?)
jane saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm
LOL. English is so hard!
“Calm, Cool, and Collective.”
adventuresinbabywearing saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm
My grandfather always said “cacoozi”‘ for jacuzzi.
Tricia Honea saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm
I love when my hubby says, “It’s a mute point”!
amy saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm
brother singing “tits and ass” from Chorus Line–tics and ants.
rebekah saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Ginnu. As in “soon I will commence doing thus”. Sad.
Leann G. saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm
I have a friend who says Altimer’s instead of Alzheimer’s. She also works in a Tax Collector’s office and when speaking about a “parcel of land” she says “partial of land”. I myself am guilty of being lazy when I say probably, I pronounce it the lazy way & say prolly !
rebekah saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm
BFF: MD. PhD. Valedictorian. Saintly. Pronounces caustic “cow-stick”. Mirth ensues.
kirsty saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm
French-speaking daughter said “tapin” for “lapin” (prostitute not rabbit)
Terri saysMarch 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm
Had an orthodontist who pronounced the th in Theresa. I had to stare at that man’s abundant nostril hair every three weeks for three years and never once did my mom or I ever correct his pronunciation of my name. Catholic much?
km saysMarch 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm
little son “oh beautiful, four spaceship guys”
foolery saysMarch 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm
Husband: “You pronounce anvil wrong. AN-vill. Just like Bugs Bunny.”
Well Jeez Louise, where’d he think I learned it?
Cincy saysMarch 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm
Versus. Teen boys say “verse.” Boys verse girls. Wrong!
Scottsdale Girl saysMarch 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm
VoLUMPtuous for voluptuous – oy
CS saysMarch 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm
Husband says acrost (number one on your list) ANNOY-YING.
marathonmom saysMarch 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm
Mother says cholesterlol.
We can blame Forrest Gump for the shrimps.
kathy saysMarch 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm
Persnickity vs pernickity first one better I am keeping it.
p.s. I can’t spell either one.
kathy saysMarch 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm
Daughter said trowel for towel until about twenty I zaggerate 🙂
Theresa saysMarch 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm
my parents own franchises. Hubby still says MACdonald’s instead MICKdonald’s!!!
Dobes saysMarch 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm
My son said ‘fuck’ for ‘firetruck until he was three. And always at the top of his lungs.
Deb in Winfield, Ks saysMarch 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm
My Grandpa taught me Baseball games are 9 “Injuns” long.
(In grade school, my mom got into fight with a boy that they were called Injuns….NOT Innings)
Mary B. saysMarch 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm
This item needs clean. All over ebay. ing, anyone? WTH?
Heide saysMarch 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm
Infrared: used to think it was in-frair-d. Biggest pet peeve: a whole nother.
km saysMarch 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm
Carroll saysMarch 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm
Visiting 3-year-old girl’s favorite in manger scene: “Baby Cheezits”. Awwww 🙂
Julie saysMarch 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm
My Mother would say she was going to the CHOIR-practor, and that my Dad had and enlarged prosTRATE.
My husband, not a native English speaker, says busybuddy instead of busybody.
The boy child calls those marketing segments between TV shows commercinals.
Carroll saysMarch 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm
Any way you say it, Bossy’s “Ten-Word Tuesdays” rule!
Carroll saysMarch 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm
Easier than haiku, and much more ed u ca shonal 🙂
Tracy (Oklahoma) saysMarch 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm
Family member says tyanol not tylenol. Makes me craaaaazy!
Jennifer saysMarch 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm
Our local (upstate NY) NPR affiliate has a newswoman who says “AdirOUNDack” and “munincipal.” Also, @Lee #2 — scrimps!
Mindy saysMarch 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm
Auntie uses “irregardless” when she means “regardless.” So painful!
Lori B saysMarch 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm
My daughter loved Cinnabrella when she was in her princess phase.
My aunt went to the hosplit when she was sick and took assburn for a headache.
Diahn Ott saysMarch 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm
Maybe he’s smart, but still says “supposubly” instead of “supposedly.”
Carroll saysMarch 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm
A “couple” is two people. Everything else is “a couple of…”
(Oh wait — this peeve is not about pronunciation.
((And yet, apparently she’s hitting “send”, not “delete”))
Mary Me saysMarch 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm
French in-laws taught themselves English. I could post 1,000,000 comments.
jaxcheryl saysMarch 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm
Sim-U-lar instead of similar. Optober instead of October. Crackle Barrel instead of Cracker Barrel. Southern college degree hubby says trial for trowel, co-in for coin, and the ever famous orl for oil. And its gonna come a rain. (but I love that southern drawl)
Mr Farty saysMarch 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm
When the pathologist examines a corpse, he performs an autospy.
mom2 saysMarch 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm
My husbands family says wrougth iron instead of wrought iron, “i stood there for 2 hours” when they mean stayed there for 2 hours (they are not literaly standing up for 2 hours!), my mother- in -law says skin milk instead of skim milk. I’m sure I’ll think of more. Drives me crazy!
Bev saysMarch 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm
My mom says prostrate for prostate; refuses to accept correction.
Kate saysMarch 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm
Five, eight, and eighteen. Kate is right there with you Bossy.
Cindy in Walla Walla saysMarch 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm
Dis-com-BOOB-er-ated. And “on the neath.” LOVE my Korean sister-in-law. Love her!
Angela@beggingtheanswer saysMarch 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm
I’m with Alison (#68). Buck naked or butt naked?
Also, I pronounce Foyer “Foy-A” (long A.) I do it because that’s how my mom pronounces it. Every one else I know pronounces it “Foy-er.” Which probably makes more sense. I have no clue which pronunciation is right.
Kathy from NJ saysMarch 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm
I call a certain baby affliction “cradle crap.”
Kathy from NJ saysMarch 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm
Friend uses artistic when she means autistic. Drives me crazy.
Catherine McP saysMarch 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm
OnAcology instead of OnCOLogy. OtoLINGology instead of OtoLARYNgology. I’m nuts.
Susan saysMarch 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm
Angela — I looked it up, and it appears both are correct. One is an English pronunciation and the other is French. I say “Foy-A,” too.
Another pet peeve (I am on a roll today!) — it’s not a mas-ECT-omy, it’s a mas-TECT-omy. There’s a dinstict “T” sound before the “ect.”
I am a little sensitive to it since my mom had to have one.
Sarah C. saysMarch 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm
Husband: conjugate when he means congregate
NellyFrittata saysMarch 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm
Kentucky peeps say “I have no ideal” (idea) and “I have a high hernia” (hiatal hernia).
Frimmy saysMarch 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm
It means you thought wrong so you need to re-think.
(It can’t be “thing” cuz that would not make sense)
This was an awesome idea for ten word Tuesday, Bossy.
Knew a lass who said “bain hoot” for bathing suit. (I still call them that just cuz I thought she was the most adorable little girl)
helenel saysMarch 8, 2011 at 10:08 pm
“And so forth on” What is up with that? Silly.
Cupcake Murphy saysMarch 8, 2011 at 10:34 pm
Brother-in-law: “Takes two to tangle” and “You’re off your rocket”
Betsy saysMarch 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm
38 years I’ve heard WESTconsin – he’s too cute to correct.
Beth saysMarch 8, 2011 at 11:18 pm
In Colorado we say “onree” instead of ornery. oooops
Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups saysMarch 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm
I die a little inside each time I hear someone say the word license as if it’s plural. For instance, when a store attendant asks to see someone’s id: “I need to see your license…do you have them with you?”
JaneK saysMarch 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm
stupid usband says the Grand Canyons: seriously, what a moron
on a different note: chronic Lyme disease is a serious problem which many medical doctors ignore. I think so many people are misdiagnosed b/c of the ignorance of the medical community. Anyway… just wanted to say that…
Julie saysMarch 8, 2011 at 11:55 pm
I’m gonna nip this one in the butt….
Angela saysMarch 9, 2011 at 12:12 am
Principal. Every Day on morning announcements: “Have a Happy Birfday.”
Bonnie saysMarch 9, 2011 at 12:37 am
Guacamole with hard G makes me want to strangle husband!
Pam saysMarch 9, 2011 at 12:37 am
You talk the talk and then you’re meant to walk the walk. YOU DON’T WALK THE TALK!
And begging the question is avoiding it, not answering it.
These are on the media all the time, while I grind my teeth to stumps.
Franca Bollo saysMarch 9, 2011 at 12:44 am
Person who helps with real estate transactions?
Real-tor not real-A-tor.
Carikin saysMarch 9, 2011 at 12:58 am
Idea! You have an IDEA. NOT an ideal. Drives me nuts when people say that.
Sheryl W saysMarch 9, 2011 at 1:02 am
My Mom says mirra instead of mirror. SIL say eye-tai-yun instead of Italian…Instead of scratch the itch please they will also say itch it….or my favorite from my 5 year old, more better, no dear it’s just better 🙂
Marnie saysMarch 9, 2011 at 1:30 am
I hear “incidences” instead of “incidents” all the time.
And hearing “REE-la-tor” (instead of the person who helps you buy a house) can drive me to drink. Of course, that doesn’t take much.
But, I have a question: is it “coming down the pipe” or “coming down the pike”?
Eliza saysMarch 9, 2011 at 2:12 am
My husband hates things done “half-hazard.” But I’ve got a Masters in writing and just learned the difference between jury-rigged and jerry-built, so I try not to say anything.
andrea saysMarch 9, 2011 at 2:30 am
One drives me batty, and we hear it a LOT here in Texas, is vehicle….pronounced like ve-HICK-le. The H is silent people. Look it up. I’ve played the sound clip from Webster’s online a million times to folks that don’t believe me!
andrea saysMarch 9, 2011 at 2:34 am
Also hate it when folks at S’s to names that don’t have them to begin with. Like “I’m going to Krogers”, “I hate WalMarts”, etc. Seriously disturbing unless you’re going to or talking about MORE THAN ONE, lol!
Alex saysMarch 9, 2011 at 6:41 am
“Taking it in stride”, not “taking it in strides”
Crystal saysMarch 9, 2011 at 10:13 am
A friend always says, “Valentime’s Day”. Oy.
Heide saysMarch 9, 2011 at 10:19 am
Okay, I just clicked on the link to the 100 most mispronounced words, and I’m going nuts (and this is going to take more than 10 words). “artic” is not a mispronunciation but a correct one; “arctic” is derived from Middle English “artic” from medieval Latin “articus.” The spelling “arctic” is an alternative form first attested in 1569, but the c-less spelling persisted well into the seventeenth century, and the c-less pronunciation remains correct. “Aks” is not a 1000-year-old mispronunciation; the original form of the word was “aks” (Old English “acsian,” actually) and by a linguistic process called metathesis (a fancy word for pronouncing stuff wrong) it got changed to “ask.”
That only gets me through “A.” I’d better not read any more.
Hayley saysMarch 9, 2011 at 10:25 am
“Watch on that boy’s bike! Don’t hurt your crouch!”
mrv saysMarch 9, 2011 at 11:30 am
Every conceivable misprounced word resides in New Orleans…hear it everyday.
Surlygirl saysMarch 9, 2011 at 11:37 am
It’s “I couldn’t care less” NOT “I could care less.”
Ms. Tart saysMarch 9, 2011 at 11:49 am
It’s the-ah-ter (accent on the ” the”) NOT the-ate-tur (accent on the “ate”) and no matter what the Word, Office paperclip says, it is spelled theatre
km saysMarch 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm
172- my oldest son used to call Crocs “crotch”. Fun time at a swim meet:)
Amelia saysMarch 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm
It’s supposedly. Not supposively. Or supposably. Learn it, love it.
Amelia saysMarch 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm
I say ah-curl-ic instead of acrylic. Can’t seem to stop.
Amelia saysMarch 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm
My mom, on something not worth mentioning: “a mute point.”
Rachel saysMarch 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm
When I was 5 I told everyone my mother had “god bladder” surgery. Couldn’t understand what was so hilarious.
Wendy saysMarch 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Philly pholk say…”Antlantic City’ and mine and yours is pronounced: :Mayan and youren…and why or why is it “Crown” instead of crayon?
Janine saysMarch 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm
Husband: Heith (Height), acrossed (across) and crown (crayon)
Teeny Tina saysMarch 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm
An onion is not an ung-yun. Don’t be so redickaliss.
Frank from Moncton saysMarch 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm
In one fell swoop, sis discovered the foop wasn’t swell.
td1wisegal saysMarch 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm
lie-berry instead of library
who-ver instead of “hover” over something
Julie G. saysMarch 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm
My grandfather used to say “al-you-MINium” (accent on the MIN) rather than the standard pronounciation of aluminum. Ha!
Sewmouse saysMarch 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm
Ill-in-noise instead of the correct Ill-In-Oy.
The “Irregardless” probably comes from aunties who watched too much Phil Donahue on daytime TV – he was notorious for that.
I don’t mind regional “accents” – and “Warshington” and such are often regional things. I do love children’s misconceptions – my daughter liked to page through “Mazagineens”, and was scared stupid of the “Lawn Motor”.
But hearing an adult on the telephone telling me she needs to “Axe” her supervisor if she can help with something grates on me to no end.
foolery saysMarch 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm
Younger daughter says SEE-rup; we all say SIR-rup. Television? Dunno.
Jen saysMarch 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm
A coworker says “part and partial” instead of “part and parcel”. She also says “Six in one, half dozen in the other” instead of “six of one…”. Drives me nuts, but so does my husband when he says he’s “fustrated”.
Kathy from NJ saysMarch 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm
Ague – Correct = ag-way
Me – Aug (like the start of August)
Husband was speechless.
Gretchen saysMarch 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm
My friend says “k” after any word ending in “ing.”
Gretchen saysMarch 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm
#2. I just found out you say “prob-ab-ly” not “prob-ly.”
AngAK saysMarch 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm
expecially for especially. oat for out(sorry Cdns).
jp saysMarch 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm
Dad always says Chimley and Fashlight…….we laugh, he doesn’t!
Jenni D. saysMarch 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm
Supposably = Fork in my eye. It’s “supposedly,” peeps!
Lynn saysMarch 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm
Here’s one that hasn’t been mentioned so far… Often, is often improperly pronounced “off-TEN” instead of “Off-en”.
treesap saysMarch 10, 2011 at 12:08 am
Shoot, I am a day late…but this is funny. During my dysfunctional marriage to my son’s ex-step father, my son said “I need a piece of quiet”. Not ten words, but worth sharing.
treesap saysMarch 10, 2011 at 12:10 am
Ohmigawd. And my mother says “ibruprophren”. Bless her little heart.
Cactus Petunia saysMarch 10, 2011 at 3:46 am
Mis•chie•vous. 3 syllables! Not mis•chiev•i•ous. Almost as bad as nucular!
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysMarch 10, 2011 at 8:17 am
I have friends who say Santa comes down the chimbley.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysMarch 10, 2011 at 8:17 am
I have friends who say they need to mersure something.
Marinka saysMarch 10, 2011 at 8:20 am
My Mama: Separated by birth (instead of at birth.)
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysMarch 10, 2011 at 8:26 am
I have one friend who says hyalarious especially while drinking.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysMarch 10, 2011 at 8:28 am
Another friend can’t trust someone with a ten foot pole.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysMarch 10, 2011 at 8:29 am
This same friend says spitting twin instead of spitting image.
(which I see is really spit and image, who knew?)
Kathy from NJ saysMarch 10, 2011 at 8:42 am
Used to call measuring device a tape measurer. Husband choked.
krg saysMarch 10, 2011 at 9:53 am
I agree with everyone and must add simularities and orientated.
Tina saysMarch 10, 2011 at 10:32 am
Hmmmmm, re “off-ten” from dictionary.com:
Often was pronounced with a t -sound until the 17th century, when a pronunciation without the ?/t/ came to predominate in the speech of the educated, in both North America and Great Britain, and the earlier pronunciation fell into disfavor. Common use of a spelling pronunciation has since restored the ?/t/[t] for many speakers, and today ?/??f?n/[aw-fuhn] and ?/??ft?n/[awf-tuhn] [or ?/??f?n/[of-uhn] and ?/??ft?n/[of-tuhn]] exist side by side. Although it is still sometimes criticized, often with a /t/[t] is now so widely heard from educated speakers that it has become fully standard once again.
Tina saysMarch 10, 2011 at 10:35 am
I can’t stand it when women say “I was pregnant for (insert child’s name here)”.
Tina saysMarch 10, 2011 at 10:36 am
Father says “fillim” (film), mother says “men-us-tration” for menstruation.
Tina saysMarch 10, 2011 at 10:42 am
Oh! And I don’t know how many people in my family get their pet spaded or neutered. Spay, people, spay!!! You get your pet spayed. It’s not Tuesday anymore so to heck with the ten words 🙂
Dobes saysMarch 10, 2011 at 11:05 am
#186 – the British still say ‘Al-u-MIN-i-um, and they spell it with the extra ‘i’ before the ‘um’ also.
#190 – I had only read the word ‘ague’ in older books, and have never heard it spoken, so I looked it up and every dictionary I found said it is pronounced ‘a-gyoo’. Check it out!
Finally, I really don’t care whether ‘off-ten’ is accepted speech again, it hurts my ears! 🙂
krg saysMarch 10, 2011 at 11:30 am
207, I just couldn’t get it wrong right. it’s simularly.
Dorothy saysMarch 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm
Ten words won’t work for this entry: My niece Jessica’s boss says “I can’t even phantom how that would feel!” instead of fathom. A different niece has a friend who saw some Amish people and said “Awwww, look at the Pilgrims!” SIGH
Kathy from NJ saysMarch 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm
Ague is very popular in crossword puzzles.
Bellacantare saysMarch 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Old roomie used Acrost instead of Across practically every day! Drove me batty!
Gretchen saysMarch 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm
College grad son says Sigh-ox for Sioux. Love him.
St. Petersburg Divorce Attorney saysMarch 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm
Number 4 is my favorite one hahahaha NIce
Heidi saysMarch 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm
Sweet sister: I’ll nip that in the butt!
km saysMarch 11, 2011 at 10:11 am
Alls I know
Tina saysMarch 11, 2011 at 11:00 am
Yous guys. Yas. Seems to be a favorite of waitresses around here. “How are yous guys doin’? I’ll give yas a few more minutes”.
Fortune Cookies saysMarch 11, 2011 at 11:04 am
Here in the South, I hear a lot of people say, “Well, I used-to-could, but I can’t now” DRIVES ME NUTS! Also, there’s a lot of errant R’s thrown into words, such as “warsh cloth”. Finally, I hate, hate, hate to hear people call it “The Wal-Marts” or “The K-Marts” as in, “I went shopping at The Wal-Marts yesterday”. Really? did you go to multiple Wal-Mart stores? And why the “The”?
zidia saysMarch 11, 2011 at 11:50 am
Many of my old-timer Italian friends call sauce “gravies” in the pleural
Kathy from NJ saysMarch 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm
How about onliest (don’t know about spelling, pronounced only-est) – “I am the onliest son.”
Kim/Doodles saysMarch 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm
Thanks to Barry, our Harvard graduate prez:
The United States Marine Corpse” – ouch.
Kim/Doodles saysMarch 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm
my mom: ascared (as in afraid)
Dharmamama saysMarch 12, 2011 at 11:18 am
OK, this one’s from my childhood: crepe myrtle, not crake myrtle
Lori in MN saysMarch 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm
It’s Coupon, not q-pon; cannot instead of can not; and caulk is pronounced like talk. btw, love the “it’s not Tuesday” concept!
Jocelyn saysMarch 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Gee, it’s a shame you don’t get any comments.
Moving on: there’s “long-lived” (the “lived” is like “liver”), and there’s “long-lived” (like “life” when you say “lived”). Riddle me that shizz, indeed.
Okay, so I used to think the girl’s name, Phoebe, was “foe-eeb-eh.”
Nancy Wurtzel saysMarch 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm
Flummoxed!! And, I usually spell it wrong, too (flummuxed)! Seriously, I cannot get the emphasis right on this word, so I started staying “flammished” instead. My daughter and I decided that this is the Jewish version of flummoxed and it works just fine…!
Robin saysMarch 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm
I made my SIL an AFF I GAN. It kept her warm. I guess the extra syllable helped.
Julie saysMarch 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm
“Seen”, as it “I seen her yesterday”…drives me batty!!
runnergirl saysMarch 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm
Wow, couldn’t read all the comments. A good friend of mine (who is a teacher) with the “supposably” Drives me CRAZY!!!! and it is said in every conversation we have, no matter how short!!!
Dharmamama saysMarch 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm
Thought of you when I saw this, this morning:
Meredith saysMarch 15, 2011 at 11:30 am
@77/Karen: it was my completely inability to pronounce Feb-BRU-ary instead of Feb-YOU-ary that landed me in multiple weeks of speech therapy as a kindergarterner. 🙁
formerlyfun saysMarch 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm
My MIL has acid-reflex. She gives me a head-ick.
formerlyfun saysMarch 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm
My grandma has a vir-g-eye-na, you know, lady business.
Suzanne saysMarch 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm
It’s Realtor, not Realator. One of the HGTV home selling shows has a woman on there (a Realtor in fact) that pronounces it Realator, It makes my brain itch. It’s a good thing, you’re not asking about screwed up song lyrics… I would then have to embarrass myself.
Suzi saysMarch 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm
The fire department does not have ammalances, we have ambulances.
James saysMarch 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Where I’m from, you’re “ignernt,” not ignorant. How ignernt is that?
Lori in MN saysMarch 28, 2011 at 12:17 am
Manager says I have to “orientate” a new employee.
Maggie saysJuly 13, 2011 at 1:36 am
Heard short-lived 3 times today and all rhymed with sieved.