Tuesday, February 21, 2006

toh-may-toe / toh-mah-toe

the lunch time talk "1,000 commonly mispronounced words" (read mis-pro-nunsed) by denise tessensohn (read tair-sen-sen) left us with our hands up in disbelief (we must have said 'oh my gawd!' & 'are you serious?!?!?!' like a thousand times!) ... and in peals of laughter!

it was amazing to find out that common words like 'is' (read izz), 'was' (read wazz), 'has' (read hazz), 'because' (read be-cauzz) ... ok you get the drift ... are subject to mispronunciation! alrighty, it's queen's english from now on ...

some other examples :

morale is read as mu-RALE
file is read as fy-YLE
route is read as rOO-t
awry is read as a-RAI
accessories is read as ACK-cessories

note the emphasis ...

overall it was great fun and very educational and enjoyable indeed ...

sure beats the 9 tones in cantonese and 17 tones in teochew ...


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