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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?

GetOrf Mon 18-Feb-13 10:45:24

Lol at maria

Bless you - hope you feel better soon. I have got a terrible stomach ache for some odd reason and am bent double waiting for the BASTARDING circle line along wiht what seems like half of london.

thornrose Mon 18-Feb-13 10:51:00

Was I BU correcting my mum who was about to order a Mulatto confused In a coffee shop grin

LexyMa Mon 18-Feb-13 11:02:21

Colleague I used to work with was helping his PILs renovate a barn in France that was going to be their extended family holiday/retirement home. He said he was getting pretty good at French from having to speak it for a few weeks at a time (we agreed, reminiscing about gap years blah blah).

Then he gave some examples.

Vinn Rogue was the best. Had us laughing for weeks.

moondog Mon 18-Feb-13 11:29:11

ordering a mulatto

<hearty guffaw>

waltermittymissus Mon 18-Feb-13 11:34:27

It is pew in Peugeot! It's just you English pronouncing it incorrectly! wink

BIWI Mon 18-Feb-13 11:37:40

Pronunciation of 'herbs' as 'erbs' comes from the French. The French for grass is 'l'herbe' - with a silent 'h'.

What on earth that has to do with the Americans pronouncing it that way I have no idea grin

MrsDeVere Mon 18-Feb-13 11:51:19

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FellatioNels0n Mon 18-Feb-13 12:00:01

Arf @ I'll have a chicken and mozzarella poonani please love. grin

FellatioNels0n Mon 18-Feb-13 12:01:40

I know BIWI - but I don't get why they choose to treat it as a French word, when he have the word herb in English. confused

SPBInDisguise Mon 18-Feb-13 12:18:41

have you worked it out/has she rang back? Was I even vaguely right?

WillieWaggledagger Mon 18-Feb-13 12:21:24

i think quite a few of the american/british differences come from french

they use 'pants' too because of the french i think (pantalon, pantaloon in english).

possibly also pitcher for jug (pichet in french), but i don't know the etymology of that word

LovesBeingWokenEveryNight Mon 18-Feb-13 12:25:02

I'd be soooo tempted to say something wrongly when talking to her next grin

IEatCakeInBed Mon 18-Feb-13 12:37:05

My mum gets a bit huffy when I correct her pronounciation of St Pancras (she says St Pancreas) - I try to let it slide, but just can't let it go.

Also when Americans say 'math', maybe they're right but I can't stand it.

I did used to know a Russian girl who said 'hairs' instaed of hair eg. 'I'm off to get my hairs cut'. I always thought that was quite charming...

MrsDeVere Mon 18-Feb-13 12:41:08

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MrsDeVere Mon 18-Feb-13 12:42:13

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fedupwithdeployment Mon 18-Feb-13 12:48:54

I was in the States once and was asked if I wanted Wers-sesss-ta-shire sauce in my bloody mary.

My mother was Irish and she used love Thai (pronounced Thaigh) food. She also said Thaighland, not Tie-land!

Amphitrite Mon 18-Feb-13 13:05:35

The reason Americans pronounce herbs with an unaspirated H is because originally that is how it was pronounced in English - like lots of other words beginning with h that were assimilated into the language from Norman French - honour for example. It wasn't until the 19th century that we started pronouncing the H in Britain (and think of words like hotel which didn't gain an aspirated H until the early 20th century). American English had obviously been long separated from British English by then. So technically their pronunciation is 'correct'.

Habanada Mon 18-Feb-13 13:08:12

OP I'm like you - if you'd corrected me I'd have laughed at myself, thanked you profusely and possibly got into a discussion about etymology.

Not everyone can laugh at themselves though - sounds like she takes herself way too seriously. Move on, and only deal with her about work stuff in future, that way you're safe.

FellatioNels0n Mon 18-Feb-13 13:46:30

Oh thank you so much for that Amph. I shall never complain again. I love learning things from clever people.

FellatioNels0n Mon 18-Feb-13 13:46:42

Oh thank you so much for that Amph. I shall never complain again. I love learning things from clever people.

FellatioNels0n Mon 18-Feb-13 13:47:03

So much I posted it twice.

Or did you just google that? grin

Amphitrite Mon 18-Feb-13 13:58:22

Glad it was helpful. I didn't google it, I'm a language geek! Also I'm half Irish/half American so have a special interest in non-standard varieties of English.

fackinell Mon 18-Feb-13 15:21:10

I went on a date with a wanker who insisted on ordering for me!! He asked for a bottle of Rioja (and said Rio-ja) the waiter and I were discreetly pissing ourselves. I even had to go to the loo to tell the waiter to stop. He asked us when brought the food if we'd like some JA-lapenos. My cue to crumple into hysterical laughter.

He never got another date.

MrsSchadenfreude Mon 18-Feb-13 18:39:14

Gnocchi is pronounced "nyocki", surely? Not "g-nocki"? confused

Why is it not Los Angeleeeeees? Should it not be Los An^h^eles if you want to give it correct Spanish pronunciation?

[even more confused now]

Jaskla Sat 04-May-13 14:15:17

The mention of mongey toots has just reminded me of a wedding I attended as a child.

The woman sitting next to my DM nudged her husband whilst perusing the menu and said, 'What's man-gi toot?' Myself and younger DB had great difficulty keeping straight faces.

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