Sunday, September 19, 2004

I think it's time to update the list of nonwords that people pronounce so badly, you know they have no idea how they are actually spelled. This is because I got this email from Library Squirrel:


"This morning, I was at a meeting with a woman who makes way more money than I do, who kept using the word 'half-hazard' when she meant 'haphazard'. It was very distracting.
I kept thinking how good it would be in your list."


Then I heard someone use the non-word "high-bred" (hybrid). As in, "I want one of those new high-bred vehicles."


It's not going to go away, is it?

8 comments:

argotnaut said...

This just in:

"Tuesday, 7-9pm: Italian Conversation Night - Speak Italian with ex-patriots as well as Italian speaking Portlanders!"

liz said...

I like to think of myself as a patriate.

liz said...

Also, I don't know anyone personally who can speak Portlanders. Isn't it linguistically related to Starbuck?

liz said...

Oh, I keep forgetting to post the awful one I hear all the time: "nuptuals" (nuptials). And since I frequently see it misspelled this way, I can actually *hear* the misplaced "u" when it's pronouced!

This, of course, goes along with the whole "everything ends in 'ual'" cutesy misspelling or word-conflation that I associate with shopping malls, for some reason.

"Escentual" oils, for example.

argotnaut said...

It must have something to do with Nederlanders, but I don't know which Italian they're talking about.

liz said...

Maybe someone who no longer has even a shred of loyalty to Italy, but once did.

argotnaut said...

Also just saw a PDA on eBay that included a "stylist." That might come in handy.

D said...

Hehe, I can't get rid of the mental image of thoroughbred cars mating to create a high-bred car.