The Awkward Side of Learning New Words
My favorite TV show is How I Met Your Mother. I can tell you about each episode in so much detail, that I get annoying.
Even though Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) brings along many hilarious moments, Ted (Josh Radnor) and the rest of the gang add their own funniness to it. This particular post is inspired by Ted’s “cha-mee-lee-on” incident. You see, Professor Ted Mosby, is talking about an architect to his students. This architect transforms his own work in order to adjust to the environment he is in, and Ted compares him to a chameleon, but does not pronounce it “chameleon” .. but as CHA (as in cha-cha)-mee-LEE-on.”
“Um, professor, do you mean ‘chameleon?’”
“..I’m pretty sure its pronounced, cha-mee-lee-on,” Ted Mosby states.
The students then shake their heads in disagreement. He learned that word by reading it, as we later find out when he is explaining the incident to Robin (Cobie Smulders).
But the thing is, that this happens to everyone whether we want to admit it or not. For me in particular, it is with names that I read in books. Currently it is the name Liesel in The Book Thief [can anyone help me out?]. But it does happen with regular words as well, and sometimes I only figure out how they’re pronounced when someone else says them, and even then I’m still confused about it because I had imagined it a whole different way in my mind.
How did people figure out how to pronounce vinegar? Vine and gar.. no. vine-gare? No. Ugh. Part of the blame for this can go to the English language (see, this post), I mean arches, architect, reaches, orchid, ketchup..
Tough.. and dough.. rough..
Kudos to you if you were able to read these and say them properly without ever hearing them pronounced.
I heard someone order a mow-cha latte at Starbucks a while ago, and even though I wanted to order the same thing, I ended up ordering a passion tea due to the confusion. Every once in a while I ask how something is pronounced, sometimes during normal conversation. I had trouble with the word scaffolding. *Cue: laughter*
Enough about me.. Here are some questions for you:
How do you pronounce Avengers? uh-vengers, or A-vengers. Ah-vengers?
How do you pronounce the word “button”? BUTT-tun, or but’n
The word “mountain”? Mount-tin. Mount’n. Moun-tein.
If you’re from England, Australia, or have some cool accent, please share with the rest of us!
What words have YOU pronounced incorrectly the first time?
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