Awkward words

Old 07-14-2016, 10:43 PM
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I find words are awkward when I can feel and see in my brain but can't get to say them correctly.
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Old 07-15-2016, 04:28 AM
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Originally Posted by AZ Jane View Post
We must be related!!!! It's the only word I have issued with except medical terms.
Yes, that's one for me, too. My kids laugh at me because I pronounce my 'Wh' the way it is suppose to be pronounced. Ex: 'White - While - Where' They think it's 'Wite -Wile - Wear'. They say I am the ONLY one that does this. AM I?
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Old 07-15-2016, 06:19 AM
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Awkward -

I meant to say to a family "Oh, are you Lebanese?"

What came out - "Oh, are you lesbians?"
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:42 PM
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Awkward -

I meant to say to a family "Oh, are you Lebanese?"

What came out - "Oh, are you lesbians?"
Oh, BisG, that is so funny! I hope they were gracious about it.

This is definitely something I would do.......when the brain fog is thick!
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Old 07-15-2016, 02:46 PM
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cindyb...you are not alone! I pronounce the H in white, while and where! My 20-something co-workers make fun of me for it. Is it a generational thing, maybe?
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Old 07-15-2016, 04:29 PM
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The h in white is silent, LOL.

Thongs are still shoes. We just have two different types of thongs these days.

"First and foremost", is a sentence opener with little meaning. In fact, it's been so overused it has no meaning left at all.

"I seen" is so bad that I'm surprised to see anyone still saying it. I do think it's a regional sort of slang, tho.

One of my pet peeves is the word "journey". Everyone is on a journey. Their problems are part of their journey. The trials they go through is the journey. All learning experience is part of their journey. Journey where? To the grave?

Also the word "issue"... born out of a need for a less threatening word for "problem". What's wrong with problems?

When I moved to the South I had to learn lots of local sayings, like that when people said to "mash on" a button, they meant press it.

One of my personal irritants is hearing 'salmon' spoken with the 'l' pronounced. SALmon, instead of 'sammon'. That l is silent.
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Old 07-15-2016, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by cindyb View Post
Yes, that's one for me, too. My kids laugh at me because I pronounce my 'Wh' the way it is suppose to be pronounced. Ex: 'White - While - Where' They think it's 'Wite -Wile - Wear'. They say I am the ONLY one that does this. AM I?
No, you're not! My sister (the only sister among us 4 girls) emphasizes the "wh" and I tease her mercilessly. It sounds like the way broadcast journalists are trained --to put an "h" before the "wh". "HWHat are you saying? HWHy are you blowing so much air to say "HWHere are we going?" I tell my sister she sounds like Tom Brokaw .

It's okay. She teases me when my Baltimore accent slips out. (It's a very unattractive accent.) "Hey, hon, winn are you goin' hooome? Ready da go down 'ee ohcean, hon?"
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Old 07-15-2016, 04:53 PM
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I just checked two dictionaries -

"white" is pronounced with or without the "h"

sources: "Encarta World English Dictionary" - copyright 1999
"Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language, Second College Edition" - (most recent) copyright 1986

It would be more logical if those wh words were spelled hwile, hwat, hwen, hwo, hwere.
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Anyone else have trouble saying "rural"? I feel like my lips are mushed and curled and my teeth are sticking out like a beaver's when I say it.
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Here in Louisiana people say "I'm going to make groceries". Which means go grocery shopping. The first time I heard that I was very confused.
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