June 6th, 2005


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jimbojones
12:14 am - PSA
If you date a linguist, expect to get your pronunciation laughed at.  Frequently.

(On the other hand, I got to tease her for asking if I was imitating a "cowfrog" when I was telling her about the summer nightly amphibian serenade from the creek in back of my apartment.  "Ah... actually, they're bullfrogs."  Heh heh heh... City-folk!)

 
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From: mostlyfakinit
Date: June 5th, 2005 - 09:17 pm
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[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 5th, 2005 - 09:25 pm
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Gay like your mom at lesbian biker week.


 
[User Picture] From: clme
Date: June 5th, 2005 - 09:37 pm
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Why is there a bullfrog but there isn't a heifer-frog?

That said... I used to get laughed at by a certain red-haired ex when I would say certain words just completely wrong. I sometimes make the mistake of saying words how they're spelled instead of how they actually sound. I do this frequently, even though I (normally) know the correct pronounciation. Many people are too 'polite' to correct me I guess :)

Add in the infrequent times I will say something with a decidedly northern accent (oh yah hey dontchanknow) and at those special times a conversation would just be impossible to complete without either laughter or an argument (depending on mood).


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 5th, 2005 - 09:38 pm
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I say "yolk" and "folk" like they're spelled, instead of "yoke" and "foke". And I'm not gonna change it, either. Nosirree.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 5th, 2005 - 09:43 pm
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HA! Eve, I know you're reading...

Take THAT! =)

M-W doesn't back me up on folk, unfortunately. But I'm just going to claim it as a result of my Germanic ancestry... I refuse to believe the Deutsche say "voke".


 
[User Picture] From: bitchness
Date: June 5th, 2005 - 10:59 pm
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Re: HA! Eve, I know you're reading...

M-W says nuclear is pronounced "nucular", so I wouldn't take what they say as gospel.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 5th, 2005 - 11:04 pm
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Re: HA! Eve, I know you're reading...

I hate you, Milkman Heather.


 
[User Picture] From: bitchness
Date: June 5th, 2005 - 11:11 pm
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Re: HA! Eve, I know you're reading...

Ah, but you love me and you know it.

Props to Eve for correcting you, my ex mispronounced a few words that absolutely drove me insane, but because he thought he was OMG SMART, I knew that if I corrected him I would be ignored because of my lower feminine type intelligence. You know, I can't even remember what words they were now, maybe it wasn't so much the mispronunciation so much as the pompous asshole who was doing it?


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 5th, 2005 - 11:50 pm
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Re: HA! Eve, I know you're reading...

Eve doesn't exactly "correct" me. Generally she asks me to repeat myself, then giggles at me and says "that's cute."

I understand there was a city referendum up to hang a sign around her neck saying "Insecure Men Need Not Apply", but it narrowly got voted down when somebody tried to tack a property tax rider on at the last minute...


 
[User Picture] From: bitchness
Date: June 5th, 2005 - 11:52 pm
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Re: HA! Eve, I know you're reading...

Nice, I like her already. Why's she hanging out with you?








I kid because I <3, man.


 
[User Picture] From: clme
Date: June 6th, 2005 - 12:08 am
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Re: HA! Eve, I know you're reading...

Ouch!


 
[User Picture] From: clme
Date: June 6th, 2005 - 12:07 am
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If it makes you feel any better (and I know it wont) I pronounce those words the same way.

Thats what happens when I spend a few years hanging around books instead of people I think :-)


 
[User Picture] From: teapotdome
Date: June 5th, 2005 - 09:41 pm
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$obligatory_cunning_linguist_joke


 
[User Picture] From: scarlett723
Date: June 6th, 2005 - 05:53 am
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heh. They don't even have to be a linguist for that to happen. Dustin and I had a disagreement this weekend over vibrato and Seville. He insisted that vibrato wasn't pronounced just like it looks (vibe-rato) and that no one in music pronounced it like that. Turns out I was right, but yeah, I pronounce normal things wrong, like milk (melk). Oh, and I insisted that Seville be pronounced the Spanish way (Seve-ya) instead of the way it looks, turns out again, we were both right. Anyway, I think it's a result of people being smart and well-educated.


 
[User Picture] From: jacksonave
Date: June 6th, 2005 - 06:16 am
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See, I just tend to learn new words on the Internet. So I know from context how they're used and what they mean, but I try to pronounce them, and get all back-asswards.

Best example: for about three years I pronounced 'ambivalent' as 'am-buh-VAY-lent'.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 6th, 2005 - 07:38 am
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Ha! That's almost useful. I always took the "ambi" in stride as obvious, but I'd never really stopped to consider that "valent" was the suffix until you posted that. Neat. =)


 
[User Picture] From: xkisses
Date: June 8th, 2005 - 07:44 am
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A friend of mine was drinking wine at his house when I stopped over a while ago. I asked him what kind it was, and he was like, "I don't know - it's something I've never heard of before, but I really like it. It's called Che-LAHB-lay".

Checking the fridge, turns out it's Franzia, Chillable French Wine.


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