This is about to go far, far beyond M-E-L-K. But feel free to really simmer on that one. Infuriating. If I've alienated all those that do jam the "e" in there, no apology.
These moments of mispronunciation rifle past us every day. They're tiny moments of fury that we're forced to swallow. The alternative would be correcting someone. And that, friends, sounds like far more confrontation than anyone is in the mood for. What's more, it's a short road from correcting to being known as the pretentious jerk face correcting people's speech. There's no way out, really.
Luckily, these moments occupy about 2.6 seconds in a given day. But you're about to give a few solid minutes to a rapid fire list of them. Stay calm.
u/NishantRockstar911 asked, "What are the most ridiculous pronunciations you've heard for the most simplest of words?"What are the most ridiculous pronunciations you've heard for the most simplest of words?"
Sidenote: very enjoyable to read all these Reddit users' DIY approach to a pronunciation key.
Poisoning the Minds of Children
My former English teacher pronounced bowl as bowel.Giphy
My housemate at college pronounced Eminem "eee-my-num".
It's Latin, You Wouldn't Get It
I know a guy who used to pronounce "Homo sapiens" as "Homo s-penis" with absolute confidence.
I'll Have the Gnocchi With No Chins, Please
My friend insists on pronouncing gnocchi as "no-chin". Not sarcastically, he's said it at restaurants even.
NOT AN OCEAN
Pacific for Specific. Makes me crazy! It's a completely different word
No You're Just Making Up Rules Outta Nowhere
Supposably instead of supposedly... like, where did you even get the b from?Giphy
Food for Thought
I don't understand how any of you can pronounce crayon like cran while still pronouncing crayola like crayola
It drives me crazy
This One Makes My Blood Boil
Instead of saying Monday like everyone else, my sister pronounces it Mun-dee. It's stupid because Sunday she pronounces correctly.