annoying mispronunciations + giveaway!



People mispronounce or misuse words/phrases all of the time. It’s not a felony or even a misdemeanor but sometimes it’s pretty darn annoying. And sometimes, when I hear these mispronounced words, it’s like fingernails on a chalk board. Since misery loves company, I thought I’d share some of what I consider the biggest offenders with you:

1. Valentime’s Day. It’s Valentine’s Day!! Would you pronounce New Year’s Eve, “Mew Year’s Eve”? I doubt it. I know “M” and “N” are consecutive letters in the alphabet but seriously people.

2. Libary. It’s Library! If you are going to make a trip there, you might want to look at the dictionary and see how it’s spelled. Libary? C’mon!!

3. Alfit. Outfit. Ok, this is not a common one, but I have heard people pronounce “outfit” as “alfit” as in, “I’m going to wear a sexy alfit when my boyfriend takes me to the libary on Valentimes Day.

4. My As Well. Might as Well. I am extremely ashamed to admit that I used to say this and apparently I used to say it often. No one ever corrected me until one day, my boss had enough. I must have said something like, “I my as well give it a shot, right?” Well, Alan’s face turned a deep shade of red, to the point where I thought it might pop off of his neck, he pounded his fists on the desk and shouted, “It’s Might as well. MIGHT. MIGHT. MIGHT!” Needless to say, I never made that mistake again. (I learned it from my mother. Just sayin…)

 5. irregardless. Ok, there is no such word as “irregardless.” The correct word is “regardless.”

6. Mines. Mine. As in:

“I got my prom dress today.”

“Ooh, you’re so lucky! I’m getting mines tomorrow!!”

7. For all intensive purposes – for all intents and purposes. I think I might have been guilty of this at some point. “For all intensive…” is easier to roll off your tongue than “for all intents and…” but it doesn’t make it right!!

8. Anyways. Anyway. “Anyway, I better get going now.” not “Anyways, I better get going now.” This one doesn’t bother me all that much unless I am PMSing 🙂

9. Gimme – ok, this one just bothers me because it’s rude! I hate when the person in front of me on line at (insert name of restaurant/store) says “Gimme a glazed donut and a chocolate munchkin.” ‘Gimme a pack of Marlboro Ultra Lights” Gimme? Even if you said “Give me”, I would still hate you. Politeness goes a long way!

10. Axe. Ask. May I axe you a question?

Bonus – even though I’ve only heard this one once, it’s my absolute favorite:

11. Rappaport – Rapport. My boss and I were in the elevator at our previous law firm. Two women were speaking and one told the other how she was introduced to someone recently and discovered they had a really good “rappaport” We assumed she meant to say “rapport”. I bit my lip and stared at the ground trying to avoid eye contact with my boss. As soon as the women exited the elevator, the two of us looked at each other and burst out laughing. Whenever I tell him about a new friend, he asks if we had a good rappaport.

This list is certainly not exhaustive because I want some audience participation. I’ve left room for you to add to it. I will give a free copy of Just Friends With Benefits (paperback or Kindle download) to the person whose comment I like the best!! Deadline is February 14th – ValentiNes Day 🙂