One of my favorite things is when I discover words others, or myself, have been saying or spelling wrong. I believe this is a very comical thing to happen.
Now, Don’t confuse this with using the wrong form of your and you’re or their, there, and they’re. That is 100% not the same thing and irritating as all get out.
I think I find misusing of words is so funny because it’s like a real life game of telephone. Someone says it wrong to you, and you aren’t quite sure what the original meaning was but you have to trust that they used it right. You carry on with using the same word in the same incorrect way or incorrect spelling, and then someone finally stomps on your dreams of being a literature professor, and corrects you. You instantly think of how many people you used or spelled that word around incorrectly.
The best part? Even after correction, you are still not confident in the word so you just mumble your way through it when saying it out loud. One of my most famous misused words in ‘rearview mirror.’ I was never quite sure what the word was but I heard a bunch of r’s and ‘mirror’ at the end so I used to call it the ‘ruvierer mirror’. Obviously not a word, right? Well to me, the ruvierer mirror was the thing in the car that allowed you to look at your REAR. Wow, young Emily should have caught onto that one. It wasn’t until my parents corrected me one day that I realized I had no idea what I was even saying it wrong or what that car feature was even called. To this day, I stumble through the word. I am a college educated adult and I am still very unsure about my ability to say rearview mirror.
I have multiple words that I have said or still say wrong. When I was little, I would pronounce the word cabinets ‘cavinets’. Again, WHAT? It wasn’t until my brother got so frustrated with me that he very stirnly told me “It’s caBinets not caVinets.” Maybe utter embarrassment forces me to learn word correctly. Either way, I will never say cabinets incorrectly again.
In today’s current events, the majority of states have been under state issued quarantine for at least two weeks now. The other day on the radio, they were talking about how people were misspelling or mispronouncing the word quarantine. My favorite misspelling they mentioned was ‘corn teen’. I mean if said quickly, it resembles to correct word enough, right?
Let’s spread some laughs: what are some words you have either mispronounced or have heard mispronounced?
Stay healthy, stay active during corn teen and I hope you’re day is a good one. See what I did there?