If Americans want to say Twat they should say it properly.

(270 Posts)
bigmouthstrikesagain Wed 25-Nov-15 11:04:02

There is a very irritating trend in US TV where an actor will use "twat" as an insult, but pronounce it "twot" ... it is painful and I need it to stop.

catfordbetty Wed 25-Nov-15 11:05:12

Isn't 'twot' a different word entirely?

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 25-Nov-15 11:12:24

I've noticed 'twot' too. They also pronounce kebab as 'kebob'.

HolgerDanske Wed 25-Nov-15 11:15:40

I know! I actually feel ill when I hear it pronounced that way. And I'm not even British...

<shudders>

whatdoIget Wed 25-Nov-15 11:16:56

My ds has a habit of using American pronouncuations. He says "hollelujoh"for example hmm
Not that we're at all religious, but it does seem to be something he says quite often for some reason confused

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 25-Nov-15 11:17:37

And schnapps is 'schnopps'.

DawnOfTheDoggers Wed 25-Nov-15 11:17:36

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IsYourNameMichaelDiamond Wed 25-Nov-15 11:18:13

I remember Emma Stone said it in 'Easy A' and I didn't get why the teachers and her parents were so shocked as 'twot' isn't a word.
It took me ages to realise what she was meant to have said.
To me twot is the same as twit but twat is the insult (although I also use it to mean 'to hit'...)

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 25-Nov-15 11:21:00

I wonder why it is, their 'a' sound is normally quite flat.

raviolidreaming Wed 25-Nov-15 11:21:25

Isn't 'twot' a different word entirely?

I thought so too, catfordbetty.

HolgerDanske Wed 25-Nov-15 11:24:10

Oh maybe it is. I have no idea. But it's still such an ugly sounding word, it just sounds wrong!

BertieBotts Wed 25-Nov-15 11:28:24

Their a sound is more like aya to a British ear. It's their o sound which is flat. Sounds like u/a to a British ear. Hence all childrens toys which talk about a "fox" encourage toddlers to accidentally swear grin

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 25-Nov-15 11:33:40

So it should be tw-aya-t.

Plonkysaurus Wed 25-Nov-15 11:35:58

And they eat posta.

ifgrandmahadawilly Wed 25-Nov-15 11:37:34

Yanbu.

The creg / craig thing drives me insane too.

and saying may-gun instead of megan.

And 'erbs instead of herbs.

Just talk tidy ffs!

Tiggeryoubastard Wed 25-Nov-15 11:38:18

Urbz instead of herbs grates on me. Just sounds really pretentious and twotty err twatty. grin

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 25-Nov-15 11:39:24

Gram instead of Graham.

Gram. Ffs.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Wed 25-Nov-15 11:39:07

I spent weeks of The Mentalist convinced the character was called Greg grin

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 25-Nov-15 11:40:20

I suppose the 'erb thing is a French pronunciation. They also pronounce fillet steak the French way too.

raviolidreaming Wed 25-Nov-15 11:41:29

Google says that the American spelling is 'twot' - so it would be weird if they pronounced it with an 'a'.

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 25-Nov-15 11:44:35

I don't think it is spelt 'twot' though. Google seems confused.

SleepIsForTheWeakAnyway Wed 25-Nov-15 11:45:45

It's oregano and aluminium that get me. The American pronunciation of these are so far away from the spellings

OnlyLovers Wed 25-Nov-15 11:46:03

They also pronounce kebab as 'kebob'.

What fresh hell is this?!?

Parsta instead of pasta fucks me off too.

MuttonWasAGoose Wed 25-Nov-15 11:46:36

Oh for fucks sake.

Vowel pronunciation is down to accent. There's no "proper" way to say these things.

And whenever someone starts moaning about something that should be done "properly" I envision a pursed-lipped provincial little old lady.

LittleMissAIBU Wed 25-Nov-15 11:47:07

Yes the Craig thing really irritates me! Especially as the kids like watching Sanjay and Craig, I have been known to shout at the tv it's Craig not creg blush

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