Saturday, January 17, 2009

PRO-NUN-CI-A-TION

HOLA! I'm a day late with this. Hopefully you'll forgive me! I was working at the shop all day yesterday. Ya know.. i just gotta say... i LOVE being around people, talking to people, showing them how to hook, talking about wool, and sharing the history of hooking! Just plain LOVE it! That was a much needed boost yesterday. It reminded me of WHY we are getting ready to start on a new journey! (more on that soon!) Ok... so in the same spirit as the other day... just some strange facts, so you can walk away saying "i learned something new today!". LOL Now whether or not you choose to actually APPLY that new knowledge is something else entirely! :D PRO-NUN-CI-A-TION What are the correct pronunciations for the words below? The answers might surprise you. If you pronounce them differently, don't worry - many people do. But here's how they were originally meant to be pronouned 50, 100, or 200 years ago - and, according to the dictionary, still should be. STATUS: "stay-tus" (this makes me think of the British lol) TRANSIENT: It has two syllables not three, so it's "tran-shent", not "tran-zee-ent." APPLICABLE: The first syllable is the one that should be emphasized, as in app-li-able, rather than app-lic-able. VALET: It's not a french word, so pronouncing the last syllable as "ay" is incorrect. It should be sounded as "val-it". (Another fake french word: foyer, which is pronounced "foy-ur", not "foy-ay".) SPHERICAL: "sferr-i-kal" , not "sfeer-i-kal" EITHER: "Eee-thur" or "aye-thur" ? "Eee-thur" is the preferred way. (and so is "nee-thur") PRELUDE: "pray-lood" is incorrect: the proper pronunciation is "prel-yood." (wouldn't have guessed that! lol) FORTE: If you're discussing someone's "forte", as in a strength, the "e" is silent. "For-tay" is correct only if you're using it as a musical term. (**ok... so... we're supposed to say "rug hooking is not my FORT" ???!!! hahahahah. yup. well... i guess i'll be looked at as a fool then... cuz fortay sounds better!! lol**) DECREASE: If you're using it as a noun, it's de-crease. If you're using it as a verb, it's de-crease. (**figure that one out! lol**) ERR: Rhymes with "hair?" No, it rhymes with "her". CARAMEL: "Kah-ruh-mull" is the original way and still the preferred way, although "kar-mull", which was once a Midwestern regional pronunciation, is also acceptable. GALA: "gay-luh" MAUVE: It once rhymed with "stove", but now the "au" is sounded as "aw". REGIME: The first syllable is sounded as "ray." JOUST: In the 13th century, it was pronounced (and spelled) like the word "just." LONG-LIVED: Today we say the "lived" as "livd", but until the 20th century, it was pronounced "lyved." QUASI: Today it's often pronounced "kwah-zee", but it's more correct to say "kway-zi." **Do you hear our British ancestors in all these words like I do? I'm guessing that is WHY they were pronounced that way. And then in pure American fashion we "slanged" 'em ! ** Last little tidbit of the day: A first-class ticket for the Titanic cost more than a typical crew member would earn in 18 years! I'm off to my little hidey hole today to create creat create!!! Talk to ya soon!

5 comments:

Jacque said...

ah...the Queen's English rears its ugly head. haha...these are rather interesting!

Miccosukee said...

T'ain't howse they ard zeed in de South, for shor!

moosecraft said...

Okay... Today I learned that Elmer Fudd HAS been pronouncing things correctly all this time! "That QUASI WABBIT!!!!" LOL! Sorry... but when I read it's supposed to be "qway-zi"... that's the first thing that popped in my beany brain... LOL!

Jacque said...

Hey Brenis...there's something for you on my blog...check it out!

Brenis said...

ROFL Sharon!!! You goofball!! LOL you know THAT's going to stay with me now!! bahahaha!