By Jack Jodell, Feb. 12, 2012
This is just a short little rant about a GIANT pet peeve of mine: the continual, seemingly deliberate MISPRONUNCIATION of words or terms within the English language BY PEOPLE WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER! Every day, seemingly intelligent people misspeak words as if they were ignorant, backwoods, unschooled MORONS, and there is simply no excuse for it! Mind you, I am usually quite patient and am NOT normally a petty person, but when it comes to the way some of these words are mispronounced, I lose my patience entirely! So I have come up with a list of the words whose mispronunciation in the media and elsewhere drives me absolutely NUTS, together with the proper PHONETIC pronunciation of each word. Should you not be able to understand the phonetic spelling and still continue to mispronounce these words, then it’s back to the backwoods with you, and to hell with you as well! Here goes:
1). NUCLEAR – unless you’re deliberately trying to imitate or mock George W. Bush, this word is pronounced “new-KLEE-er”, and most definitely NOT “new-cue-ler.” Likewise, the word NUCLEUS is pronounced “new-KLEE-us”, and NOT “new-cue-lus”!!! Get with the program on this one, will you, people? Mispronouncing this as Bush does is neither funny NOR is it cute!
2). MASONRY – the word is pronounced “MA-son-ree”, NOT “may-son-ary.” There is simply no “a” put in that word before the “r”, so don’t even think of putting one there!
3). REALTY – is pronounced “REAL-tee, NOT “ree-lit-tee”, just as REALTOR is pronounced “REAL-ter”, NOT “ree-lit-ter.” Don’t you DARE try to slip in an “i” between the l and the t in those words! GRRR!!!
4). LOSE – is the proper spelling of losing something, NOT “loose”, unless you have a few screws loose in that head of yours! It’s “I plan to not LOSE the election”, NOT “I plan to not loose the election”!
5). USED – is the proper way to refer to something you have done previously, NOT “use.” For example, the correct way is to say or write “I USED to have a pet dog, but it died a long time ago,” The INCORRECT way is to say or write “I use to have a pet dog, but it died a long time ago.” No excuse for this one, my friends!
6). DEMOCRATIC is the name of the PARTY or its proposals, NOT “Democrat”! There is no such thing as the “Democrat Party”, unless you’re an ignorant and hateful conservative Republican or Tea-Party extremist who speaks as if he or she doesn’t know better, which they DO.
7). IRAQ – this one REALLY bugs me! Proper pronunciation is “Ir-ROCK” or “ee-ROCK”, preferably with the “r” slightly rolled, NOT “Eye-RACK”!!!!! Think about it, morons: you don’t say you are going to visit Rome, EYE-taly, do you? Or that someday you’ll do an April in Paris, FRAYNCE, do you? Of cpurse not! Then let’s stop referring to this ancient middle-eastern country in such a stupid and provincial way, shall we? GET IT RIGHT, GODDAMMIT!
8). IRAN – likewise, this country is NOT called “Eye-RAN” but should be referred to as “Ir-RAWN” (which rhymes with “dawn”) or “ee-RAWN”, again with the “r” slightly rolled. GODDAMMIT AGAIN, GET IT RIGHT!!! You wouldn’t appreciate it if anyone referred to our country as the “Anitted Stats”, would you?
9). ITALIAN – Pizza and spaghetti are NOT “Eye-tallian” dishes. Rather, the “i” is SHORT, as it is in the word “it”. SO PRONOUNCE IT THAT WAY!!!
There is absolutely no reason for the everyday American to be going around talking like an uneducated fool. It insults the people of these other countrues as well, So let’s get on the ball and STOP talking like dumb asses! THANK YOU!