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When you mispronounce a common word

149. When you can’t seem to pronounce something properly

Some may call it “tongue-tied” or “having a stroke” but either way, it is embarrassing. Have you ever been in conversation and then try to say something, but your brain and mouth just aren’t in sync? I’ve heard people say to me:

“Have a nice doy”

“What in the waorld?”

“That’s impassible” (when they meant ‘impossible’)

I’m sure there’s some word for it.

So when your in regular conversation, and you say something that just wasn’t pronounced right, what happens? One of a few things:

  • You get teased because obviously you can’t speak properly.
  • It gets ignored but in the “I’m choosing to ignore this” type of way. When you both are aware of what just happened but refuse to give any attention to it because you both know that things will get awkward.
  • The other person says “Excuse me?” and you’re left there pronouncing it correctly this time.
  • You get teased some more with the other person repeating what you just said over and over again, and calling her friends to let everyone know. All of a sudden you’re tagged in a Facebook post with no way out, until someone else embarrasses themselves and takes your place.

What makes it more awkward is when you’re with a group of people and you just can’t get yourself to pronounce something properly. Or when your professor in college does it, and acts like he never messed up in his pronunciation.

I guess people aren’t so bad, we sometimes watch out for others to try to avoid awkward moments.

We’re awesome.

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10 Comments
  1. I say so many awkward things. I once pronounced “extravagance” as “extra-vague-anz” and I am still teased about it until this day.
    Also I’m well known for “fanta-stick” in my social circles. I am walking awkwardness 🙂

    June 12, 2013
    • Fanta stick.. LOL!!!

      June 13, 2013
  2. My LIKE button doesn’t work at the moment. LIKED !

    All I can say is I find it rude to correct some person’s pronounciation. I say ” correct”, because that means, said person actually understands the mispronounced word. I can relate coz we are immigrants.

    June 12, 2013
    • Yay for immigrants 🙂

      June 13, 2013
      • To this day, I don’t know the correct pronounciation of the plural of GIFT—–>GIFTS

        June 14, 2013
      • and FEBRUARY. By the way, we came here stateside when I was 6.

        June 14, 2013
  3. I’m sometimes guilty of switching between “don’t” and “do not” mid-thought and it ends up sounding like “dough-not”

    June 13, 2013
    • HAHAHAHA! Yeah! You get what I mean!

      June 13, 2013
  4. My favorite gaffes are “spoonerisms”–switching the first letters of two consecutive words. I do that when my brain gets tired. My best ever was when I trying to say “glazed donuts” and it came out “dazed glownuts”!

    June 17, 2013
    • ITS THAT WHAT THOSE ARE CALLED?

      Oh man! I’m including those in a future post for sure!

      June 17, 2013

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