100 most mispronounced phrases

March 29, 2004

Infomaniac links to this handy roundup.

(Note to Mr. Bush: it’s not nu-cu-lar.)

4 Responses to 100 most mispronounced phrases

  1. Nicole on March 29, 2004 at 10:29 am

    I really enjoyed Language Hat’s refutation of this list here.
    Even for those who believe in the concept of “mispronunciation” (by native speakers), this list is useless, because its few worthwhile nuggets (words whose “wrong” pronunciations will actually make many people think less of you: Calvary, escape, et cetera, &c) are easily found elsewhere and are drowned in a sea of natural variants whose subtle difference easily escapes notice. …
    Also goes into an interesting conversation on language descriptivism vs. prescriptivism that those of us who complain about dictionaries should be interested in.

  2. Nicole on March 29, 2004 at 10:30 am

    It kills me when the comments eat my links! The link is here: http://www.languagehat.com/archives/001217.php.

  3. tom on March 29, 2004 at 2:44 pm

    Note to self: in the future it may be advisable to actually read the stories before linking to them.

  4. Nicole on March 29, 2004 at 6:16 pm

    Eh, I linked to it, too. And I got a kick out of it. I believe that some words are actually mispronounced (nuclear vs. nucular, for example), and many more words have obvious preferred pronunciations. The list has flaws, but it’s still an interesting read.