Friday, November 5, 2010

Fabulously Fun Friday: Eliminate Grammar Embarrassments

Everyone has certain grammar quirks, things they should know better, but don't. The word that tripped me up was 'macabre.' Phonetically, it looks like it should be 'ma-ca-bray,' but it's actually pronounced 'ma-cobb.' Weird.

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13 comments:

  1. That was hilarious! It's always great when I can learn something on a Friday. I still have to sit there and think about it before I write down affect or effect. I think that one will always get me.

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  2. Thanks, Cindy. I have to give the hat-tip to my mother, who sent that clip around last night in an e-mail 'to all my wordsmiths.'

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  3. This is great! I admit I've been guilty of mispronouncing quite a few of those at one point or another. But I don't think it gets worse than pronouncing Gibraltar "Gibble-tar." Yeah.

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  4. In Anne McCaffrey's excellent novel Dragonflight, the protag F'lar, wingleader at Benden Weyr and rider of the bronze dragon Mnementh. In my head, I always pronounced that 'Mehnem-neth.' Instead, it should be something more along the lines of 'numenth.' I mispronounced that name for 20 years until I was actually discussing the name of the dragon out loud with another fan and they pronounced it correctly. Color me embarrassed.

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  5. I always appreciate it when authors include a pronunciation guide for difficult names - preferably in the front of the book, not the back.

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  6. That was great! Had to watch it twice to catch it all.

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  7. I LOVE THIS! THANK YOU for the effect vs affect lesson.

    I think the one thing I've mispronounced was plethora. I said pleTHORa instead of PLEthora. How embarrassing.

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  8. I hear mischievous people say "mis-CHEE-vee-us," but it's really "MISS-chuh-vus." Folks, there is no E or I between the V and "ous"!

    One word I've always had trouble getting my tongue around is "asphyxiate" or any of its forms. It seems unnatural to follow an S sound with an F sound, then an X sound. What other word does that? To get around it, I pronounce it with a silent S. Even though technically it's wrong, at least I don't stumble over it and people know what I'm talking about!

    ~ VT

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  9. I just thought of "suffix," though that's two syllables instead of trying to get all three phonetics into one syllable. Maybe I should pronounce it "a-suffixiate"? LOL!

    ~ VT

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  10. Too funny, and informative! Macabre was my down fall, I said 'macabre' instead of 'macab' Ooops.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Thats great! I will no longer say "hold down the fort!"

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  12. I never thought about that "hold down the fort" thing, but obviously... how could you do that? :) And glad I don't use the word macabre much - 'cause I certainly pronounce it wrong in my head! :D

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