This is a public service announcement. I just wanted to inform you all of the proper way to pronounce some key words that are surely in your vocabulary. Worrying about these things never really meant a lot to me but for some reason they have really started to bother me lately. I think it may be because in Utah, there are certain accent oddities they have here that REALLY bug and they have got me thinking.
For example, Utahns cannot physically say an S after an L- it’s just too much and they have to convert them to a T and a Z. Think Kelsey. No, no, too hard. It must be said Keltzy. Weird.
At any rate, I am now ashamed of the time in my life when I laughed at the ridiculous (or at least what I formerly considered to be ridiculous) activities sponsored by a certain AP English teacher at my high school and carried out by students who would go around at night and correct the grammar and spelling errors on large signs and businesses with big, black Sharpies. Now I honor them, and I wish that they had been around last week when I saw a big sign that said “HUG YARD SALE”…yeah.
It should be: Not:
Annunciate or Pronounce… Pronounciate or Pronunciate (not real words)
Across… Acrost (not a word, sounds very ignorant)
Poem (poe-em)… Pome (the E is not on the end for a reason)
Pillow… Pellow (just flat-out wrong)
Crayon (think yawn)… Cran (it’s not a berry, it’s a medium)
Wolf (there is clearly an L)… Woof (that’s the sound a dog makes)
Regardless… Irregardless (not a word)
And there are many, many more. Often, you just need to look at the real spelling, and the real sounds are right there in front of you- voila! If you’re still learning the language, that’s one thing, but most of us have spoken English our entire lives and probably don’t even really know any other languages! We should try to get it right. Obviously I don’t have perfect spelling, grammar, or pronunciation (there are probably several written errors in this one post!), and obviously this is coming with my West Coast linguistic bias, but I have been trying to be a little more careful and hoping that you will do the same. Consider yourself publicly served.