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What would you say to a friend/colleague who pointed out, kindly

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MadameCastafiore Sun 17-Feb-13 16:28:28

That you were mispronouncing a foreign word?

Just wondered if I am touchy or this is another time when she says something to me and I should stand up for myself?

Booyhoo Sun 17-Feb-13 17:28:21

thanks dolly

getorf i would love to accompany you in your daily life- we could be the pronunciation police, OP could join us wink

DollyTwat Sun 17-Feb-13 17:28:28

My app knew bruschetta
It rolled the r quite impressively

BelindaCarlisle Sun 17-Feb-13 17:28:52

i said remnant wrong for ages

got hoi polloi the wrong way around

discreet and discrete is still hard

I KNOW disinterested ( impartial) and UN interested ( not interested)

GetOrf Sun 17-Feb-13 17:30:16

Have you tried to speak any Danish? Glottal stops everywhere, like you're from Romford.

FellatioNels0n Sun 17-Feb-13 17:30:26

I am dying to know what the word was. grin It really annoys me when (for example) people pronounce the j in fajitas, or jalepenos, and if it were me I'd want to know if I were making a bit of a fool of myself, but there are limits. And horeetho is an affected accent too far in my book.

It's really hard to judge without knowing the word. My mum got a bit arsey with me once because I couldn't stand listening to her say 'expresso' one more time so I had to correct her. She didn't swear or call me stuck up, but I think she wanted to. grin

Come to think of it, the exact same thing happened years ago when a woman I worked with who I hated kept talking about Ver-Says perfume (meaning Versace.)

I said 'Oh! You mean Ver - sarchy - it's Italian.' and she went into a full-on argument with me about how it could be pronounced either way and I was not right and she was not wrong knobber.

DollyTwat Sun 17-Feb-13 17:30:42

Ok so what IS a meme
I can now say it, but not in a sentence

BelindaCarlisle Sun 17-Feb-13 17:30:44

funnily enough, no, i dont speak Danish

cecilycardew Sun 17-Feb-13 17:30:56

In my experience correcting anyone's pronunciation should only be attempted if you are very very close to them indeed.
What I say to my children is that correcting someone's grammar or mistakes in speaking is usually about as welcome as farting in their living room

BelindaCarlisle Sun 17-Feb-13 17:31:32

i have a name mispronounced ALL THE TIME at least once a day.
after a while you get selective about who you correct

Booyhoo Sun 17-Feb-13 17:31:36

my ds (7) is very precise when speaking, but his little brother has terrible speech (he is 3) and i am constantly refereeing (sp?) arguments between the 2 of them and explaining to ds1 that ds2 cant physically say the words properly. it really gets to ds1. i do worry about what he is like with his friends in school. and poor ds2 gets so upset because his tongue wont do what he wants it to.

CurlyhairedAssassin Sun 17-Feb-13 17:31:50

Yes, MIL really does say thigh food. and it isnt tongue in cheek! ive got used to it now so i dont even give a smirk!

anyway, let's think of others. I give you.....

Conchiglie - this is why we British call them pasta shells! grin

BelindaCarlisle Sun 17-Feb-13 17:32:17

a meme is an internet craze, like that bridesmaid off the Royal Wedding, that gets reused and recycled.

an in joke/leitmotif

BelindaCarlisle Sun 17-Feb-13 17:32:37

THAI food. thigh food.

thats it thats MINE

FellatioNels0n Sun 17-Feb-13 17:33:08

My FIL always used to say see-a-batty for ciabatta, and dolsa-latty for dolcelatte.

GetOrf Sun 17-Feb-13 17:33:13

I once pronounced Theydon Bois all frenchy once (when in Essex) oh how they took the piss.

I was a bit annoyed - I think I was right and they were wrong, actually. They should pronounce it like wot I do.

BelindaCarlisle Sun 17-Feb-13 17:33:32

what is it then?

itsakindarabbit Sun 17-Feb-13 17:33:35

If you and she have form for her being touchy/having a go (as per your OP) then I think you should have left it.

Just sounds a bit antagonistic of you, to me.

BelindaCarlisle Sun 17-Feb-13 17:34:09

i get almost furious when people talk about "community service"
that hasnt been a sentence for about 10 years

DollyTwat Sun 17-Feb-13 17:34:14

Thank you!

Booyhoo Sun 17-Feb-13 17:34:42

yes cecily my dsis corrects me sometimes (my accent is a bit fuller than hers) and it's still annoying TBH.

Trills Sun 17-Feb-13 17:35:04

A meme is a unit of idea, like a gene is a unit of inheritance.

This is a meme on MN

In the same way a gene's only "purpose" is to replicate and be passed on through the generations, a meme replicates and is passed on from mind to mind. The internet is a good way for memes to replicate.

Successful memes are ones that replicate and are passed on and get into many brains. Unsuccessful memes do not.

Hawaiian pizza is a meme - the idea of putting ham and pineapple on a pizza.
Chocolate and jalapeno pizza is also a meme, but a less successful one (which is why you haven't heard of it and it's rarely found on menus).

DollyTwat Sun 17-Feb-13 17:35:21

I still call it the 'dole' Belinda
Shows my age doesn't it

ghoulelocks Sun 17-Feb-13 17:35:32

if, like my friend, she drinks pee-not greg-ee-oh yanbu

BelindaCarlisle Sun 17-Feb-13 17:35:49

gah- no the bat is a way better meme

Trills Sun 17-Feb-13 17:35:51

But yeah, most often when people say "meme" they mean an internet joke that gets replicated and modified and repeated.

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