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Okay, you know those conversations that discuss the different ways people pronounce things? Ornj vs ahringe? Water vs wooder? Etc etc? I think those conversations are boring and tedious, and serve only to divide, when, in these, some of the most troubled times of our nation's brief history, we should be coming together and uniting as a people.

THIS discussion doesn't count, though, because THIS involves the addition of a MAGICAL FREAKING PHANTOM LETTER that seriously drives me batty.

Why do some people pronounce "across" "acrosst"?

Seriously. I don't get it.


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Oct. 21st, 2003 03:31 pm (UTC)
JESUS CHRIST I hate that people do that. but I love that you're clearly listening to "I'm Breathless." man, Dick Tracy, huh? what a fucking solid movie that was.
Oct. 21st, 2003 03:46 pm (UTC)
Ha, I'm not actually, it was a TRICK JOKE CURRENT MUSIC:. To illustrate how bananas my freaking ENGINEER BOSS saying "acrosst" makes me. I'm sorry to have deceived you.

Man, that's like my favorite Madonna album though, I think I know every freaking word.
Oct. 22nd, 2003 04:49 am (UTC)
my girlfriend said that if she were a Dick Tracy villian, she's be No Pants. maybe not the most intimidating villian in the world, I'll grant, but man, how funny would those old timey garter socks look, am I right?
Oct. 21st, 2003 03:36 pm (UTC)
I always assumed people thought the word was "acrossed", and pronounced it that way. Not that I can explain why the hell they would think that.
Oct. 22nd, 2003 06:56 am (UTC)
That was my theory too, for whatever it's worth.
Oct. 21st, 2003 04:04 pm (UTC)
Naomi swears she worked with someone who pronounced "at least" as "agleast". If I ever heard someone say that I think I'd punch them, out of reflex.
Oct. 21st, 2003 04:08 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, agleast. That's FUNNY though. Also "drawling". (= drawing). Also "on accident".
Oct. 21st, 2003 04:12 pm (UTC)
My least favorite is drowned, and its past tense counterpart "drownded".
Oct. 21st, 2003 05:19 pm (UTC)
I realize it's a common one, but it totally makes me nuts when people say "nuke-you-lar." Also, "ex-spresso."
Oct. 21st, 2003 08:11 pm (UTC)
Additional phonemes usually happen for one of two reasons.

1) adding the phoneme makes it easier for the tongue to transition from one syllable to the next, or from one word to the next. For example, we have a street here in town that is spelled "Wilmot", but a lot of people pronounce it "Wilmont", easing the transition to the "t" through the nasal consonant.

2) everyone else in the speaker's family does it.

"Acrost" doesn't bother me too much, I find it kinda folky. "Hampster", however, guarantees instant rage.
Oct. 21st, 2003 09:18 pm (UTC)
Me hates when people say 'wash' as 'warsh'....ugh...
Oct. 22nd, 2003 07:33 am (UTC)
yeah there's a definite difference between regional pronunciations (water vs wooder) & just plain saying words wrong. i think my 2 biggest peeves in this department are "heighth" and the "of" for "'ve" substitution. as in, "i should of measured the heighth of this bureau before trying to bring it inside." drives me absolutely nuts. but i've come to the conclusion that there is a huge segment of the population (and approximately 85% of livejournal users) who just don't care how stupid their sorry-assed spelling/grammar/diction makes them seem.
Oct. 22nd, 2003 07:45 am (UTC)
You don't like heighth? I thought you liked it. A lot of my professors at Rutgers said heighth. According to dictionary.com, it's an old pronounciation.

The of/have thing makes me want to scream, though.
Oct. 22nd, 2003 12:56 pm (UTC)
naw man, i can't stand heighth. it just sounds so backwoods ignorant to me. probably because of all the atco hicks i heard using it in my youth.
Oct. 23rd, 2003 01:58 pm (UTC)
I'm kind've curious why you would of axed this question....
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