Oh! I am going to have so much fun with this post I can’t wait to get started! I am 100% stealing this idea from http://onthehomefrontandbeyond.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/some-favourite-words/
I had so much fun thinking of words and reading the comments and then I saw the word aluminum. I have to double check that one when typing. Aluminum always makes me laugh because my mother-in-law can’t say it; my grandpa couldn’t say it, and my uncle can’t say it! I think I may have to do a post on when to use semi-colons, because I have no idea. (Squirrel) It always comes out ‘aluminium’ or ‘alunamin’. My family has so many words that they have a hard time saying and that come out funny consistently that my mom always used to say that she was going to start a book to write them all down. I don’t know if she ever did, but I am going to reminisce on paper, errr, computer paper?, all about the funny words that my family and possibly a few others have tried to say.
Other than aluminum, my uncle could not say soffits. It would come out ‘soffisits’. Another one is jacuzzi. It would come out ‘matuzzi’ or ‘kazoozi’. I don’t know if this had anything to do with the number of beers consumed or not, but it was a lot of fun to listen to! Finally, we all just started saying ‘hot tub’. It was much simpler!
When my brother was little he would get ‘duck’ and ‘truck’ mixed up. My mom was very confused until she figured that one out!
Another favorite of mine is prostate. I have heard numerous people say this wrong. They always say prostrate, with an r. Perhaps they think prostate is a bad word and don’t really want to say it? Imagine if they mixed it up the other way…someone could be lying prostate on your floor…eeeuuuwww!
Why is that no one ever mispronounces ‘supercalafragilisticexpialadocious’? We might misspell it, but I’ve never heard it mispronounced.
Of course, the most famous mispronunciation of all is by that famous little bear, Winnie-the-Pooh. I love, love, love ‘heffalumps and woozles’!
Does your family have any words that they just can’t say right no matter what? Or perhaps it has just come out wrong on a single occasion, but was hilarious at the time? Let me know! I’ll bet the comments are better than the post!