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to think that Americans don't pronounce "Warrior" or "Aluminium"; properly?

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giddypig Sat 13-May-17 00:15:19

"Woryer" and "Aloominum"

Just wrong!

giddypig Sat 13-May-17 00:16:08

No idea why there's a semicolon in there. ;

AfunaMbatata Sat 13-May-17 00:17:24

Have you heard them say 'mirror'? <shudders >

Zoflorabore Sat 13-May-17 00:17:55

How about the names "Graham" and "Craig"

Pronounced Gram and Creg!

AfunaMbatata Sat 13-May-17 00:18:29

Also I can't see the semicolon confused

cardibach Sat 13-May-17 00:19:19

Two nations divided by a common language.

Asmoto Sat 13-May-17 00:19:46

I might be wrong, but I'm sure I read somewhere that it's the British who are 'wrong' with aluminium and it should technically be 'aluminum' c.f. platinum. Happy to be corrected if I'm spouting bollocks, though.

In either case, it's just a difference in linguistic evolution, so YABU.

giddypig Sat 13-May-17 00:20:09

Oh god yes, Graham = Gram. Yuck! Wong!

giddypig Sat 13-May-17 00:21:02

How is "Warrior" ever "Woryer" though?

How do they pronounce "Mirror"?

Zoflorabore Sat 13-May-17 00:21:18

Afuna- yes that makes me cringe grin

Dd is 6 and watches a lot of crap videos on YouTube and the things she comes out with now are so American, she said that she was going to "take a bath in the tub"

I correct her on anything she says like the above words as they irritate the life out of me ( sorry for going off on a tangent )

KenAdams Sat 13-May-17 00:21:29

It's War-ier and Orrrrnge with our American family

BigChocFrenzy Sat 13-May-17 00:22:02

I've noticed Aloominum often, years of working on projects with the USA.

"woryor" hasn't come up so far, but thanks to your warning, I won't need an English-American dictionary if it does.

One American I just couldn't understand, until I realised "sharp" was actually shop

PenelopeFlintstone Sat 13-May-17 00:27:55

I read that alOOminum and aluminium are both right with different roots or something, but YY to mirror being one syllable instead of two!!

umizoomi Sat 13-May-17 00:28:02

Aluminium and platinum are totally different though.

Al - u - min - I -um

Plat - I - num

It's not difficult. Or would that be diff - cult to the yanks?!

Gingernaut Sat 13-May-17 00:28:51

I spent a summer in an American summer camp.

A colleague and I were mortified when a well brought up entitled young girl from a very privileged family asked us to spell "whore" for her weekly letter home.

It took a few repetitions, including an example of the word in a sentence, before we worked out she meant horror . 😂

PenelopeFlintstone Sat 13-May-17 00:32:49

80sMum Sat 13-May-17 00:34:54

I remember DS's homework one time, when he was in 2nd grade in a US elementary school, was about rhyming words and the task was finding the "odd" word in a list. One of the lists was something like:

We were confused, so DS wrote that there was no odd word. He was wrong! The odd word is "been" because it's pronounced differently from the others. All the words have an "ee" sound except for "been" which is pronounced "bin", apparently!

Asmoto Sat 13-May-17 00:36:52

According to Professor Google, Humphry Davy, who first isolated aluminium, originally called it 'alumium' then changed it to 'aluminum'. Another scientist proposed the change to 'aluminium' because it sounded more classical and was aligned with other elements such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, and strontium.

wildcoffeeandbeans Sat 13-May-17 00:36:53

umizoomi Aluminum doesn't have the last i in the US.

ErrolTheDragon Sat 13-May-17 00:40:50

Alumin*i*um is the correct IUPAC spelling, so definitively correct.

The one that gets me is forn for foreign.

SenecaFalls Sat 13-May-17 00:42:20

There are many different accents in the US. There is no "y" in my (Southern US) pronunciation of warrior.

Ratatatouille Sat 13-May-17 00:43:59

How do they pronounce "Mirror"?

Mee-er. It's grotesque.

I was totally flabbergasted the first time I saw Graham Cracker written down.

user1490142285 Sat 13-May-17 00:48:34

They have had their own country and culture for almost 250yrs, they're going to speak differently, but all native English speakers have some sort of accent.

wildcoffeeandbeans Sat 13-May-17 00:48:46

I don't understand why the British can't pronounce "taco". FFS

Plunkette Sat 13-May-17 00:52:02

This thread is mean. <blows raspberry>

I'm British living in the US and the Americans are always very kind about my accent even when the way I pronounce things sounds "wrong" to them.

It's such a lazy target.

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