It’s no secret to those who know me that I am a bit of a stickler when it comes to spelling, grammar, and pronouncing words correctly. I tend to think my reputation as a “corrector” exceeds my actions, but as my sociology professor told me, “things that are perceived as real are very real in their consequences.” Whether I am as much of a Grammar Nazi as people perceive me to be is irrelevant.
My friend Adam is pretty similar to me when it comes to pronouncing words properly and I love it when he and I get to talk about words. We both understand that when you correct someone else’s pronunciation of a word, it is an act of love and consideration for the other person. It’s not a matter of trying to show off what you know, it’s trying to help the other person out.
This past week I came across this list of 100 often mispronounced words. Here are some of the highlights for me:
Irregardless is not a word. The word is “regardless.”
Alzheimere’s Disease is not “Old Timer’s Disease.”
You escape from a bad situation…you do not excape.
I especially hate it when people say exspecially, but find it much more annoying when people say supposably instead of supposedly.
Go read through the list to help yourself out and see what you did or didn’t already know. I was actually surprised to find “spitting image” should be “spit and image.”