Friday, February 24, 2012
DO NOT FOLD, SPINDLE, OR MUTILATE
My grandmother loved using big words (oh, my, maybe it's genetic!) but she was also the mistress of mangling the words with her unique mispronunciations. She would say "in-come-pet-unt" instead of incompetent;
"re-seep" instead of recipe; "per-cue-lator" instead of percolator; "heighth" instead of height; and the WORST of all: PRO-NOUNCE-E-ATION" instead of pronunciation!
She told my mother about receiving a government document which had written on it: "Do not fold, spindle, or mutilate" but when she told my mother mutilate came out as "mutt-uh-late".
To this day, whenever we mispronounce a word, someone in the family will say
"mutt-a-late" to bring us back to our senses.
My brother just reminded me that I mispronounced "oligarchy" which I did NOT, as it has TWO acceptable pronunciations! My friend Patty pointed out that I say
"POE-tassium", but she says "CEE-ment"!