words and phrases that people often get wrong in awkward ways

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my friend did contracting work for Puget Sound Energy and he had to keep retraining his employees to not say "Pungent Sound" as it was pissing off employees of the company

what other words or phrases are just always destined to be fucked up in an awkward way, no matter how many times you correct someone?

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Sunday, 18 February 2024 21:34 (one month ago) link

"Six of one, half dozen of the other" is a classic conference-room bungler.

henry s, Sunday, 18 February 2024 21:40 (one month ago) link

The proof is in the pudding, argh

Maresn3st, Sunday, 18 February 2024 22:15 (one month ago) link

People seem to often use enervate/enervating to mean the reverse, perhaps because the word begins like energy or energetic

Maresn3st, Sunday, 18 February 2024 22:18 (one month ago) link

Once a term I have to teach a class where I talk about quantitative vs qualitative research and I cannot get my mouth to pronounce either of those words without some effort

This is Dance Anthems, have some respect (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 18 February 2024 22:21 (one month ago) link

I always want to add an extra syllable to “edited” - ediditted or something

brimstead, Sunday, 18 February 2024 22:35 (one month ago) link

When I was 16yo I pronounced hyperbole as Hyper-bowl as I'd never heard it pronounced before and 13 years later it still gets brought up. Impossible to win an argument with any of them when they've got that little gem in their backpocket

H.P, Monday, 19 February 2024 00:05 (one month ago) link

My brother pronounced minestrone "myne-strohn" for years. Dad almost disowned him

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Monday, 19 February 2024 00:13 (one month ago) link

mute point instead of MOOT point aaaargh

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 19 February 2024 00:23 (one month ago) link

I hear a lot of people saying that something "segged" into something else, when you know they are seeing the word "segue" in their head.

henry s, Monday, 19 February 2024 01:17 (one month ago) link

Guess I wouldn't call that awkward, but it still bothers me.

henry s, Monday, 19 February 2024 01:17 (one month ago) link

It took me a long time to realise it was pronounced "segway" and not "seegged", as in vague, vogue etc

...eh you get the gist of it (dog latin), Monday, 19 February 2024 01:21 (one month ago) link

yeah i had heard that word spoken on the radio for years and didn't quite know what it was before i eventually discovered they were saying "segue".

visiting, Monday, 19 February 2024 01:29 (one month ago) link

which, likewise, i had previously assumed was pronounced "seeg".

visiting, Monday, 19 February 2024 01:31 (one month ago) link

knew a kid in high school who had trouble pronouncing certain contractions, like instead of *wouldn't* he would say *wunt*

his struggles with *couldn't* were more notable

mookieproof, Monday, 19 February 2024 01:55 (one month ago) link

I've drawn mockery for apparently saying "was" as "wuz" but tbh i think everyone else is doing it wrong

H.P, Monday, 19 February 2024 02:43 (one month ago) link

Maybe the high school kid was just Australian

H.P, Monday, 19 February 2024 02:43 (one month ago) link

Listening to a post last week about the films of Charlie Kaufman, I came as close as I've come to "and then I fell of my bike" when I realised that synecdoche is pronounced in a similar way to the town of Schenectady (and indeed that's the joke) rather than sin-ec-dough-sh that I'd been mentally pronouncing it as. In conclusion, burn the Greek language to the ground.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 19 February 2024 11:43 (one month ago) link

Similarly, I'd always pronounced Eurydice as 'you-ruh-deese' as that's how they say it in Cocteau's Orphee, which is the only place I'd heard anyone actually speak the name out loud. Imagine my surprise when etc

kieth flett (Matt #2), Monday, 19 February 2024 12:06 (one month ago) link

not really an 'always get wrong' but I knew someone from IRC years ago that thought 'might as well' was 'minds a well' and said we were wrong when we gently corrected her. she also called tennis shoes "tenor shoes", and thought the lyric in Positive K's "I Got a Man" was "I got a man/what's your man got to do with me?/I got a man/I'm not trying to head out sea", claiming 'head out sea' was a metaphor.

this was also the person who thought World War I was fought between the North and South over slavery

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Monday, 19 February 2024 16:48 (one month ago) link

I know someone who says "undoubtably" for "undoubtedly" and, apparently, this is quite common.

The British Boy of Film Classification (Tom D.), Monday, 19 February 2024 16:55 (one month ago) link

One that's very common but inexplicable to me is writing "thank you" as one word.

The British Boy of Film Classification (Tom D.), Monday, 19 February 2024 16:56 (one month ago) link

see also, "you're bias" instead of "you're biased"

unless you are this guy

https://i.ibb.co/vsWZnYN/LenBias.jpg

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Monday, 19 February 2024 17:00 (one month ago) link

On more than one occasion I've heard somebody say that they had experienced something surreal, akin to an "outer body experience."

henry s, Monday, 19 February 2024 17:41 (one month ago) link

Every time I see somebody type the word 'noone" on the socials I have to snarkily reply "Really? What was Peter Noone doing there? Was there a Hermits reunion gig going on?"

henry s, Monday, 19 February 2024 17:44 (one month ago) link

I might be wrong about this, but I don't think "enormity" refers just to large size.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 19 February 2024 17:46 (one month ago) link

I haven't scrolled back through this thread, but the "absurd" vs "absurdist" thing *drives me up a wall*, and so many people do it.

butt dumb tight my boners got boners (the table is the table), Monday, 19 February 2024 21:36 (one month ago) link

my parents straight-up laughed at me when, at like age seven, i pronounced socrates the way any little anglophone kid would

i have never forgiven them

mookieproof, Monday, 19 February 2024 21:45 (one month ago) link

years later, Bill and Ted stole that pronunciation from you

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Monday, 19 February 2024 21:50 (one month ago) link

it's not a word or phrase, but it's humorous that a completely unimportant thing like "what is the answer to this math problem" always results in wrong answers and huge knockdown drag out arguments online, mostly because everybody forgot PEMDAS after they left school and just do the problem left to right.

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Monday, 19 February 2024 21:52 (one month ago) link

awkwardly wrong to say PEMDAS when it's BODMAS

mark s, Monday, 19 February 2024 22:04 (one month ago) link

HERE WE GO FOLKS, THREAD IS ABOUT TO TAKE OFFFFFFFFFFFF

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Monday, 19 February 2024 22:08 (one month ago) link

due diligence

kinder, Monday, 19 February 2024 22:08 (one month ago) link

genuinely when I first heard people talking about FODMAP I was trying to remember what the hell maths operations that stood for

kinder, Monday, 19 February 2024 22:09 (one month ago) link

FUBAR

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 19 February 2024 22:12 (one month ago) link

SNAFU

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Monday, 19 February 2024 23:26 (one month ago) link

I actually taught some youthful coworkers what a snafu is and they were eager to employ this useful acronym

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Monday, 19 February 2024 23:27 (one month ago) link

my parents straight-up laughed at me when, at like age seven, i pronounced socrates the way any little anglophone kid would

i have never forgiven them

― mookieproof, Monday, February 19, 2024 3:45 PM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

check out 13:41 for one of my favorite jokes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyOvrEuXHCw

budo jeru, Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:31 (one month ago) link


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