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Friday, March 11, 2005

How Apropos!

One of things on my Top 10 Peeves list is mispronunciation. This peeve is nicely settled on several layers of irony and hypocrisy as I am horrible with my own pronunciations (which is why I don't use big words in public) and also, because I think intentional mispronunciation (and the kind where someone says something incorrectly and I point and laugh) are HYSTERICAL.

In high school, I had a near-miss with infrared (and seriously, can I get a hyphen or something in there somewhere?) moments after Playboy's Miss August 2000 had a nasty run-in with Rasputin. Had I not checked in with my friend, I would have been embarrassed, but now? I make fun.

There are a lot of examples to choose from on this, but these are my top two for today:

- Acrossed. "Pull the line acrossed the page."
- Exspecially. "I think this one is expecially annoying."

And don't even get me started with names. Learn them, people. Then say them properly-- it's rude not to, and it makes you look like a big giant ass.

But I can't be alone on this. Any mispronunciation that drive you crazy?