Hilarious pronunciations - fun never the less!
December 31, 2009 2:27pm CST
I am guilty of quite a few. :) Well, I was watching this movie, in which the actor pronounced complexity as comeplexity - which is how it should be pronounced anyway. And I remembered how I didnt put two and two together. I pronounce computer as comeputer and not as komputer as some people do. But when it came to complexity, suddenly it became caumplexity similar to com in dotcom. :) I really dont know when and how I acquired this habit. May be I was trying to get the perfect accent and compromised on actual pronunciations instead. LOL. I guess many of my friends must have laughed at my attempts to get it right. Did you all come across such things, and have you ever stifled a smile at such pronunciations? Please share your experiences.
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2 Jan 10
Ah it is strange that I have to type it up, hp eonly you read this!!! My husband and me had a love marriage and when we were 'just going around', that time I was in a hostel and desperately looking for a flat, i just happened to ask him 'what waould be the 'coast' of table and chair'? !!! he has been trying to change my prnonciation of this cost and coast, but I still confuse it. I didnt realize until he pointed out and since then I have totally stopped using cost and use price instead. but when I had to study finance, it was pretty difficult!! there are more, hoarse and horse, road and rod hi hi
2 Jan 10
Have you seen that movie outsourcing? where todd ispronounced as toad? I was like oh my!!! That movie is a complete legg puller on Indians. One funny line in the climax is where the first person says to the second person: Break your leg! ((2nd)he just got a promotion to a new country)2nd: why do you want me to break my leg??? 1 st person explains the meaning...laughs... 2nd: you break your two legs!!!! 1st: I will never forget that!!!![
4 Jan 10
The star movies people have been airing that movie on and off...may be you are not getting time to watch tv. There are more, how the english pronounce 'sultans' in that song sultans of .... they mixed it up!!! Like I had this confusion on umbrella and under hi hi
6 Jan 10
And that confuses us. :) Still somethings are fun. I was watching a movie the other day in which the actor was trying to copy Texan accent, and it was fun. Something "do it" in Starsky & Hutch, if you've seen it. :) Well, that one was obvious one. But on the whole to be honest, I enjoy American movies more than the British movies. :) I dont really know which accent is the right one and which is not. I think Americanese, if I might call it that has more expressions and therefore, more vowels are accentuated in it. :)
7 Jan 10
Well, I was trying to coin a new word for the American language. LOL. Americans would be people from America. But Americanese would be the language Americans choose to communicate. :) It would be mostly English, of course. But just like Latin is the mother of most European languages, English too can have babies, Australianese, Americanese, you know... LOL. :) Anyway, thanks for correcting me. :)
1 Jan 10
This post reminds me of an ex-colleague of mine. She was selling a tour package to a couple of tourists and was explaining to them about the itinerary. So, when she mentioned that the package was inclusive of 'snacks', one of the tourists, a woman suddenly cried out in panic. My friend was puzzled at her reaction but then they found it was hilarious because of my friend's pronunciation, the woman actually thought she mentioned 'snakes'. At my place, some people just pronounce some words without compromising on the actual pronunciations, but we could easily understand the meaning. Mostly likely, 'h' will be omitted such as the word 'three' becomes 'tree' he he...
2 Jan 10
Hi corrycrystal, that made me laugh! Wow, I do have a lot of company. :) I went to your profile and you have given the Helen Keller quotation. :) I really like that quote. It was there in The Sound of Music, remember? When the Lord closes one door, somewhere he opens a window! :) That line always rings in my ear when I face some failures. :) Coming to pronunciations, I have had one too many like the p neu monia. :) In retrospect, they make me smile. :)
3 Jan 10
Hi, Vandana! Oh yes, I remember the quote. I watched 'The sound of Music' many times since I was a kid and haven't watched it when I grew up, but I could never forget the songs, story and some of the lines. Haha, yeah, I once thought it was pronounced 'p'neumonia as well.
1 Jan 10
yes i do and i did, being an instructor, and a non-native english speaker it is really quite a hassle. Many times i get so conscious of the word (in the train of thoughts) and the pronunciation to get the accent is quite a challenge at times, I have a few encounters of what you went through. But I guess the thing with it is just don't get conscious and you'll be amazed of your english. Maybe you acquired that habit by being a non-english speaker, and your native language may require some form of accent and pronunciation that is very opposite to english. But I guess the best is just to communicate, You understand them and you also being understood. More power vandana and happy new year.
2 Jan 10
That's very encouraging Jaymar, :) But even if we make those faux pas, and are embarassed because of them, they are still worth some laughs, aren't they? I have had plenty of wrong usages and pronunciations. :) Everytime I come across those words, I do recall them, and laugh. :) No, I am not embarassed any more. I am grown up so it amuses me now. :)
• Garden Grove, California
31 Dec 09
hi vandana I was reminded of my son when he was in the fourth or fifth grade and was told pronunciation was pronounced pro nun ciation and he was going why not pronoun ciation? I was going by phonetics as that was how I was taught and they were going by the sight of the word, but he was forgetting how the word was really spelled. I also pronounce complexity as caumplexity my self asin dotcom. as it seems more natural to me. I am American born and bred but still that way of pronouncing complexity seems right to me. I have smiled at one friend in college who was an Indian who pronounced green beans as grean be ans. with emphasis on the ean sound. all of them laughed at him til I told him leave out that a sound just say green beans and you will be fine. then they had to find someone else to laugh at instead. I think our English language is one of the hardest languages to learn for other cultures as its so full of exceptions and words from all over the world.
1 Jan 10
Hi Hatley, Happy New Year. :) Yes, English pronunciations are a bit confusing. :) We have a word complicated which is pronounced as in dotcom. But the word complexity which is related to this word is pronounced differently. If it was the letter "i" that made the difference, then the word compliance should pronounced similar to complicated. But it is not. :) What happens is we, the non English speaking folks, tend to put in that extra effort not knowing which is the correct one, and make fools of ourselves. LOL. There are simply too many exceptions. :) As Reeyan has cited, why is Colonel pronounced as kernel, when it could be pronounced as the colon in the human body. :) When I think of it, I find it quite amusing. :) Thanks for responding. :) Have a great year ahead. :)