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Pronunciations you dislike
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I hate the way certain Americans pronounce 'coffee' and 'pecan' as if they have a 'w' in them.

What pronunciations really get your goat?

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I think I've heard of coffee with a w (though it's not a common pronunciation here; /ˈkɑf.i/ (coughy) is the usual pronunciation), but pecan? I mean, I know there's a difference in the last vowel in some dialects, but I don't think I've ever heard a w, unless you think /pi.ˈkɑn/ sounds like it's spelled "pecawn" or something.

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04-30-2017 02:20 AM
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The American pronunciation of "herb".

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04-30-2017 02:28 AM
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I hate it when people pronounce "Mario" as "May-ree-o".

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04-30-2017 02:41 AM
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Certain "official" Pokémon name pronunciations are bad. Some have changed they way they are said after being called a different way for a while such as Misdreavus. First it was Mis-dray-vus and sounded like Mischevious. Then it switched to Mis-dre-vus. Bonsly is a bit worse. During Lucario and the Mystery of Mew it was called Bons-lee as in bonsai with an L. And then the anime messed everything up a year later by calling it Bons-lie. There is no excuse here for the change. This happened AFTER the English dub switched to different voice actors and the movie had the same actors. Arceus has at least four different pronunciations that official sources have given and I think even its own movie can't even decide what to call it.

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(04-30-2017 02:20 AM)chridd Wrote:  I think I've heard of coffee with a w (though it's not a common pronunciation here; /ˈkɑf.i/ (coughy) is the usual pronunciation), but pecan? I mean, I know there's a difference in the last vowel in some dialects, but I don't think I've ever heard a w, unless you think /pi.ˈkɑn/ sounds like it's spelled "pecawn" or something.

A lot of Americans seem to think it's 'pecawn'.

A lot of people from northern England say 'forrid' when they mean 'forehead'.

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People from Essex say everything like they've got a mouthful of marbles. Flamethrower
04-30-2017 09:42 PM
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(04-30-2017 09:42 PM)142857 Wrote:  People from Essex say everything like they've got a mouthful of marbles. Flamethrower

How dare people have different accents! Flamethrower

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(04-30-2017 06:45 PM)Luke Mauser Wrote:  A lot of Americans seem to think it's 'pecawn'.
...okay, so first of all, what do you mean by "aw"? (This is why IPA is helpful.) My dialect has /pi.ˈkɑn/, and in my dialect "pecawn" would also be pronounced /pi.ˈkɑn/; however, my understanding is that non-US dialects would pronounce "pecawn" as /pi.ˈkɔn/ (using a sound that's in some American dialects but not mine). Do US dialects that have /ɔ/ ("aw") and /ɑ/ ("ah") different say /pi.ˈkɔn/? In any case, in my dialect, the vowel is a perfectly normal way of pronouncing a; it's pronounced the same as it is in father, palm, start, piñata.
Also, it's an American nut, so the American pronunciation of the word is clearly correct. ...not that Americans can agree on the pronunciation...

Quote:A lot of people from northern England say 'forrid' when they mean 'forehead'.
I've heard that's an older pronunciation, and people switched to "four-head" because of how it's spelled.

Quote:First it was Mis-dray-vus and sounded like Mischevious. Then it switched to Mis-dre-vus. Bonsly is a bit worse. During Lucario and the Mystery of Mew it was called Bons-lee as in bonsai with an L. And then the anime messed everything up a year later by calling it Bons-lie.
Wait, what? "Mis-dre-vus" looks like it would be pronounced more like "mischevious" than "mis-dray-vus", and "bons-lie" looks more like it would be pronounced like "bonsai" than "bons-lee". Did you get those backwards, or am I interpreting you wrong? Again, IPA would be helpful.

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(05-01-2017 05:29 AM)chridd Wrote:  
(04-30-2017 06:45 PM)Luke Mauser Wrote:  A lot of Americans seem to think it's 'pecawn'.
...okay, so first of all, what do you mean by "aw"?

I would say it as in the words 'pea' and 'can'.

The pronunciation I dislike has the second syllable rhyming with 'brawn', which seems to make no sense.

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