To hate it when people say Pacific when they mean specific?

(72 Posts)
showtunesgirl Thu 08-Nov-12 15:56:08

Eg "what I mean in pacific" and "what do you mean pacifically"?

No, no, no!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Thu 08-Nov-12 15:57:52

I have never noticed anyone doing this. If I had, I would assume it would be because they had some kind of problem with words, not that they had done it through ignorance.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Thu 08-Nov-12 15:58:44

arghhh I am with you here, I used to work with a woman who said it... a lot... made my teeth itch.

StrawberriesTasteLikeLipsDo Thu 08-Nov-12 15:59:06

Do u know ... This nearly caused me to wet met myself at DS parents evening. His nursery regularly pull him on his speech his numbers etc yet there in the black and white on the feed back form was "X can struggle with following instruction, pacifically" i didnt know whether to despair or laugh... I was like yes oceanic-ally speaking he struggles with... His key worker didnt geddit! grin

JurassicFart Thu 08-Nov-12 16:01:01

The only time I've noticed this was when my dear friend sent me his CV to look over and I discovered he had written 'pacific experience' quite a number of times and Word had capitalised the 'p' each time.

PerryCombover Thu 08-Nov-12 16:01:27

Start saying the Specific Ocean...cheers all the Pedantry right out of you for a moment

Icelollycraving Thu 08-Nov-12 16:07:14

God I bloody hate it. One exception though,anatomicals shower gel called let's be pacific.

YANBU! I hate it, makes my teeth itch...

YDdraigGoch Thu 08-Nov-12 17:17:02

Me too. Have these people never come across the word specific? Or do they think everyone else is wrong?
While we're on the subject, what about people who confuse there, their and they're. It's really not that difficult!

Fakebook Thu 08-Nov-12 17:32:45

Ugh. An ex work colleague used to say this. He also used to eat with his mouth open and tear at his food like a dog instead of biting it. Bad memories.

MulledWineOnTheBusLady Thu 08-Nov-12 17:53:29

I have come across several (unconnected) people, generally intelligent with good vocabularies and no noticeable problem with "sp" sounds, who do this. It is most, most odd.

MulledWineOnTheBusLady Thu 08-Nov-12 17:54:05

Lol at the Specific Ocean.

omletta Thu 08-Nov-12 17:55:32

I hate it, hate it, hate it.

I'm afraid I often correct people who use it blush which is bloody rude of me.

toofattorun Thu 08-Nov-12 17:56:52

I don't know what you mean, OP.

Would you mind being more Pacific?

BlissfullyIgnorant Thu 08-Nov-12 18:02:43

Perrycombover - thanks...just let out a little bit of wee grin

CookingFunt Thu 08-Nov-12 18:03:51

OP do you work with me? I have had this conversation with a workmate today. My boss wont go into Pacific's.

do people really say this? Hahahaha!

SamSmalaidh Thu 08-Nov-12 18:09:34

Worse is people who say BROUGHT when they mean BOUGHT. Why???

Itsaboatjack Thu 08-Nov-12 18:13:19


This drives me crazy.

HappyGirlNow Thu 08-Nov-12 18:17:05

Oh god I'm so with you on this! It's bloody SPECIFIC!!! angry

laurenamium Thu 08-Nov-12 18:43:24

YANBU! Drives me mad!

CaptainVonTrapp Thu 08-Nov-12 18:49:47

Almost as bad as 'newkiller' for 'nuclear'.

DisappointedHorse Thu 08-Nov-12 18:50:04

I've only ever met one person who said this, I really wish I'd had the nerve to say something because it drove me crazy but she was senior to me.

It's not as irritating as loose weight though. It's LOSE people! It's a 4 letter word, how hard can it be?

shockers Thu 08-Nov-12 18:52:23

Someone said 'pacific' to me earlier today!

Feminine Thu 08-Nov-12 18:55:58


My step-Mother does it.

What makes me laugh is that my Dad will correct mymistakes hmm
and leave this crap spewing from her mouth unmentioned!

She told my DD " You can't always sit in that chair, we don't have Pacific seats in this house" grin

Mrsjay Thu 08-Nov-12 18:56:14

I once said sceptic tank when I meant septic obviously grin I do hate when people type Draw meaning drawer you cannot put your knickers in a draw

Feminine Thu 08-Nov-12 18:57:13

Also I am not fond of pitchers on the wall.

Bilbobagginstummy Thu 08-Nov-12 19:02:37

"arghhh I am with you here, I used to work with a woman who said it... a lot... made my teeth itch."

^ this.

Only that one person, I haven't encountered it since but it was SOOOOOOOO annoying I just wanted to bang her head into a dictionary open at SPECIFIC. I never did, though.

Mrsjay Thu 08-Nov-12 19:07:11

Also I am not fond of pitchers on the wall.

OH pictures that took me a while I was thinking why would people have beer jugs on their walls hmm

Feminine Thu 08-Nov-12 19:08:40

mrsjay grin

BoakFace Thu 08-Nov-12 19:09:53

I knew someone on here would say that it's probably because they have a problem, not because they're ignorant.

I think it's ignorance!

Bicnod Thu 08-Nov-12 19:15:13

Yes, very annoying. Not as annoying as my DM who says vocadbury instead of vocabulary. Aaaaargh.

Dawndonna Thu 08-Nov-12 19:18:36

I tend to say things like Atlantically speaking......

They look at me as if I'm the mad one!

Really, really gets on my nerves.

Grockle Thu 08-Nov-12 19:18:37

Oh, this makes me very cross. It just makes the person sound stupid. I did some training recently, run by the local authority literacy advisor and focussing pacifically on phonics shock

If the person in charge of the quality of teaching of literacy in all primary schools in the borough can't speak properly, what hope is there?

wigglesrock Thu 08-Nov-12 19:19:27

My Dad says that - doesn't bother me in the slightest, I think quite fondly of people who muddle it up. My sister can't say Executive, I can't describe how she says it wrong but she just does grin

People pronounce words in different ways all the time (although I know these are actually two different words) - really doesn't annoy me, except when my husband says lorry - he rhymes it with slurry not sorry.

IneedAgoldenNickname Thu 08-Nov-12 19:31:57

Drives me mad too!
And my ex used to counselled instead of canceled, eg I went into the bank and counselled that payment angry no you didn't, you CANCELED it you fucking idiot!

<and breathe>

Iheardthatpardon Thu 08-Nov-12 19:58:54

don't get me started!
discusting instead of disgusting
loose instead of lose
brought instead of bought!

lend instead of borrow!

Iheardthatpardon Thu 08-Nov-12 20:00:28

and one I came across today:
change name by depoll!!

Iheardthatpardon Thu 08-Nov-12 20:04:15

and just now read: pain is not subsidizing!
<slaps forehead and pulls duvet over head>

Gooseysgirl Thu 08-Nov-12 20:06:22

YANBU.... The one that annoys me most is AKS instead of ASK!

mum11970 Thu 08-Nov-12 20:16:23

Hospical, instead of hospital, makes me squirm. Along with brought instead if bought.

Ephiny Thu 08-Nov-12 21:31:47

I thought it was more that people had difficulty pronouncing it, rather than thinking the word was actually Pacific.

If they're actually writing it down wrong as well though...

cardibach Thu 08-Nov-12 21:38:19

I havea friend who say 'supposably' instead of 'supposedly' . Drives me nuts.

snooter Thu 08-Nov-12 21:44:31

I hate random 'h's in words like Stupid (SHTUPID) & Strong (SHTRONG) & the way hardly anyone can pronounce HUGE any more (SHOOGE)

kim147 Thu 08-Nov-12 21:46:24

Sophia instead of sphere.

And parallelogram and isoscoles get some very strange pronunciations when children try to say what a shape is.

EugenesAxe Thu 08-Nov-12 21:49:42

My Dad calls it the Specific Ocean, so irritated he is by this.
He other bugbear is 'address the balance'.

Arrgh! Supposably is the fucking pits - I've heard that and quivered before too.


EugenesAxe Thu 08-Nov-12 21:50:53

His, not he hmm

servingwench Thu 08-Nov-12 22:26:31

My old boss used to do it...he was a wally though. I also get very annoyed by people who don't know which too/to/two to use and write your instead of you're. Little things!

BooksandaCuppa Thu 08-Nov-12 22:38:49

I hate 'pacific' for 'specific' and 'brought' for 'bought'. But the funniest moment almost of my entire life was when a midwife told that a TENS machine was called that because the dial went up to ten...........!!!! Wt????

cumfy Thu 08-Nov-12 23:55:11

I think it's insiduous.angry

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 09-Nov-12 00:08:49

I have reading this threat snorting (delicately,like a lady) with mirth!

A former manager used to say pacifically. As I was only 16 at the time I used to take great joy in inciting conversations in which he would be almost guaranteed to say it. He also used to call cillit bang "clit bang". The time he said it to a customer I thought I was going to wet myself laughing. He was a lovely lovely man though.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 09-Nov-12 00:09:39

*I have read...

DameEnidsOrange Fri 09-Nov-12 00:12:15

I was appalled to hear Darcey Bussell say this on ITT tonight.

I don't know why but I assumed a top ballerina would be highly educated, so I felt ridiculously let down

Have you been watching 'Kath and Kim' ? smile

catsmother Fri 09-Nov-12 05:33:10

Ha ...... yep, heard Darcey say it too. I wasn't sure if I'd misheard or not!

Boomerwang Fri 09-Nov-12 05:54:31

I can't help but twitch whenever I hear such blips, but I let it go because it's not worth quibbling about.

Feminine Fri 09-Nov-12 07:08:55

Darcy said "pacific?"

Have never heard anyone misuse that, oddly enough.

What really sets my teeth on edge is THINK instead of THING. I have a colleague who constantly says anythink or somethink. Grrrr....

YANBU at all.

It makes me cringe.

showtunesgirl Fri 09-Nov-12 09:28:51

Noooo, did the Bussell REALLY say it? sad

DameEnidsOrange Fri 09-Nov-12 09:41:32
showtunesgirl Fri 09-Nov-12 09:51:07

Just watched it. ARGH!!!!!!

MonkeyRisotto Fri 09-Nov-12 09:56:55

Can I add people saying "mute point" ?
It's a moot point, not a mute point, mute means silent. Grr...

Listmaker Fri 09-Nov-12 10:10:58

Ooh I joined this thread SPECIFICALLY to mention Darcy Bussell and you beat me to it. At first I thought perhaps I had misheard as she's quite posh but she helpfully said it again and it was definitely Pacific. Drives me nuts too.

My DDs keep saying brang instead of brought and that is driving me insane - they have the cheek not to believe me that there is no such word as brang!!

And then the could of, would of etc....again they won't believe me that they are wrong and actually making no sense whatsoever.......angry grin

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 09-Nov-12 10:15:56

DH had a colleague who in a meeting quite seriously said at one point, "Well of course it's a doggy dog world...."

Bemused looks all round.

Dog EAT dog world.

BedHog Fri 09-Nov-12 10:21:05

DP says it. Drives me mad and just makes him sound a bit thick, which he's not. He also says donkey's ears instead if donkey's years, fravourite instead of favourite and ibuprofulen instead of ibuprofen, and gets several local place names a bit wrong.

MulledWineOnTheBusLady Fri 09-Nov-12 10:22:42

grin at a doggy dog world! I hope he said it with a suitably serious expression, furrowed brow, set jaw etc

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 09-Nov-12 10:31:48

Mulled oh yes full chiselled features, steely gaze etc grin - punctured somewhat when everyone fell about.

DawnOfTheDee Fri 09-Nov-12 10:32:46

I think the less people read the more likely they are to make these sort of mistakes. People mishear words that they've never seen written down, repeat the misheard pronunciation, other people hear that....and the cycle goes on and on and on.....

MonkeyRisotto Fri 09-Nov-12 10:46:23

It is how language evolves I guess. Butterfly used to be Flutterby.

FlipFlippingFlippers Fri 09-Nov-12 10:46:46


my SIL always asks if she can lend some money. I always say yeah I'll have 20 quid.

She doesn't get it... hmm

Feminine Fri 09-Nov-12 10:57:19

My step-Mum again:

" I've been up and down like a horse's drawers"

Until my Dad decided to tell her it was "a whore's drawers" grin

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