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!)
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).
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?
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...
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.
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.