Friday, January 5, 2018
Pet Peeves and Channeling my Grandmother
With having Fibromyalgia, I find it really hard to sleep at night so I watch a lot of cooking shows on PBS along with other home improvement type shows. I set the timer on my TV and I pray that I will drift off to sleep while the show is on. Having someone talking in the background helps to calm my mind and "occupy it" so that my mind is not racing with my own thoughts. Most of the time I am relaxing and all is well until someone mispronounces a simple word and then I am wide awake again. I have found this to be true with certain YouTubers who do cooking videos also.
Maybe it is because I am NOT feeling well that I have finally reached my "fed up" point when it comes to this. I mean how hard is it to pronounce ONION or ASK? Now I understand why my grandmother would get so upset with us for mispronouncing things...yes, we used to refer to her as the Grammar Police, but the older I get, the more I understand where she was coming from. She used to say that someone who was able to speak correctly just sounded more intelligent than someone who repeatedly mispronounces things even after they have been gently corrected. Employers do take note of these things. So, to help out, I have links to how to properly pronounce these words in this post. Maybe some of those American born and raised and English as their first language food show experts on PBS should take note...just saying. 😉 Why is it that people from other countries who come here and learn to speak English frequently pay more attention to how to correctly pronounce words than those who are native speakers of the English language?
So here is the deal...ONION is pronounced "un yin". https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/pronunciation/english/onion It is not "ung yun" Do you see a g in the word onion? Nope, not there.
How about the word ASK? It is not pronounced "acks". https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/pronunciation/english/ask There is no X sound in there...none.
Now before someone goes biting my head off, I do realize that there are some words that can be hard to pronounce like worcestershire because of the silent letters in it. For the record, I looked that up too because I had trouble with it for the longest time. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/pronunciation/english/worcestershire-sauce For full disclosure, I also speak Pidgen English (it is widely spoken in Hawaii and combines word from many different languages along with some of its own), which has officially been recognized as a foreign language. I am very careful to make sure to pronounce those words correctly when I am speaking with others who are speaking Pidgen English so that we can understand each other. I also appreciate it when someone gently corrects me if I am not pronouncing something correctly. I realize that there may be regional dialects in play, but onion and ask are not words that commonly have different pronounciations like pecan, tomato, potato for example.
Blame it on the Fibro pain, blame it on my stuffy head that feels like it is in a vice today, blame it on my severe lack of sleep, blame it on whatever...but darn it, how hard is it to pronounce those two simple words? I can just see my Grandmother cringing every time someone does this.