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people who pronounce 'mischievous'; as mischeevious'

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pinkthechaffinch Fri 28-Aug-09 15:39:47

oh, it makes my teeth itch.

And I'm hearing it more and more. My ds' teacher said the word wrongly last term and I didn't correct her but I wish I had


Katisha Fri 28-Aug-09 15:41:01


same with REEsearch. It's reSEARCH.

MrsMattie Fri 28-Aug-09 15:41:02

My sister says 'reeee-search' instead of 'reh-search'. Even more annoying. you should hop on over to pedantry heaven.

Katisha Fri 28-Aug-09 15:41:34


JackieNo Fri 28-Aug-09 15:42:49

yanbu - makes my teeth itch too angry.

JackieNo Fri 28-Aug-09 15:44:08

REEsearch vs reSEARCH doesn't bother me so much, for some reason. But 'marshmEllow' rather than 'marshmAllow' really does.

StretchFucksTheMailDaily Fri 28-Aug-09 15:44:47

I say both of them, 'reesearch' and 'mischeevious'. It were the way I were brought up ya know!! wink

JackieNo Fri 28-Aug-09 15:46:35

I'm sitting here muttering 'REEsearch' and 'reSEARCH' to myself - I think I might say it both ways!

HecatesTwopenceworth Fri 28-Aug-09 15:48:29

There's a song atm and it's pronounced mischee-vee-us. very annoying.

FlamingoBingo Fri 28-Aug-09 15:48:39

And ROmance instead of roMANCE.

Katisha Fri 28-Aug-09 15:48:41

While I'm here, I also hate "sheer" at the end of county names.
Local news is always on about REEsearch in Oxfordsheer and Bedfordsheer.
It's reSEARCH in Oxfordshuh.

BellBookandCandle Fri 28-Aug-09 15:49:39

Sorry, but YABU smile - you can't complain about pronunciation and then type "the teacher said the word wrongly"

Maybe she "mispronounced it" - but that depends a lot on her regional accent.

JackieNo Fri 28-Aug-09 15:50:14

And 'UmbErella' (thank you, Rihanna angry).

juneybean Fri 28-Aug-09 15:51:46

For me it's people who say red-chester instead of reh-gist-er

What's the correct pronunciation for michievous?

PeedOffWithNits Fri 28-Aug-09 15:53:09

I agree about the YorkSHEER thing....wahhhh! takes me back to being a student on the deli in tesco serving YorkSHEER ham to all and sundry, as a YorkSHUH lass it really got to me

here we go again......a MN favourite

you say grASS, i say grARSE
you say dance, I say darnce


SpawnChorus Fri 28-Aug-09 15:55:28

The mischeevious thing is actually WRONG though...they are adding an erroneous "i". It drives me mental. (MIL says it).

LadyMuck Fri 28-Aug-09 15:55:47

Did you catch Stephen Fry's R4 program on this?

PeedOffWithNits Fri 28-Aug-09 15:56:18

oooo, I forgot my 2 all time hated ones are

PACIFIC for specific
and CURATOR for creator

knew a vicar once who would talk about "God, curator of all things"....I used to snurk every time!

what's the consensus on ENvelope/ONvelope?

Katisha Fri 28-Aug-09 15:58:07

I know S Fry thinks language moves on and changes and all that.
But I think we need to take a stand against things that are just plain wrong.

pinkthechaffinch Fri 28-Aug-09 17:11:43

Language does move on, that's why I wasn't sure whether I was BU or not.

I remember my English teacher telling us that the correct pronunciation of the word 'forehead' was 'forrid', but who ever hears that these days?

pinkthechaffinch Fri 28-Aug-09 17:12:37

-bellbookandcandle-grammer ain't my stong point wink

janeite Fri 28-Aug-09 17:17:10

Re: mischeeeevious - YANBU.

DD1 was extremely scathing (not to her face I hasten to add) about somebody who said this whilst we were on holiday.

This isn't an accent thing - it's just getting it wrong - like when people say Pacifically instead of specifically (that makes me want to bite them) or Nothink instead of nothing.

My pet hate though is "I'll put your INVITE in the post" - no you won't because it's an INVITATION. Gah.

PuppyMonkey Fri 28-Aug-09 17:18:26

Oh dear. I say all the wrong ones mentioned on this thread I reckon, so what you gonna do about it????

I also pronounce necklace neck lace not neckless. Come on... if you think you're hard enough. Do your worst. grin

poppyknot Fri 28-Aug-09 17:25:05

PtheC - I was brought up to say 'forrid' - and it fitted in the rhyme

There was a little girl
Who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead
But when she was good..

But I usually say forehead now..

But then I changed my pronunciation of photograph too when I moved to London from Scotland (and working wth photos made this unavoidable to mention......) and yoghurt. (from long to short 'o'.) so even one's own pronunciation changes........... smile

PS The sheer thing for shire used to make my Dundonian friend laugh for some reason....

BellBookandCandle Fri 28-Aug-09 17:25:59

Pink, then we shall have to find someone to learn you right proper" wink smile

That's one of my pet hates - people using learn instead of teach

Janeite - it is an accent thing it is also a non standard pronunciation of "mis-cherv-us"

A few of my US pals use "mis- chee-vious" or "mis-cheev-us"

Strange the things that irritate us.

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