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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I want a job in broadcasting

Why? Because little things niggle at me constantly.

I just heard someone emphatically say "a fine tooth-comb". Never managed to buy one of those. Are they anything like "a fine-tooth comb?" And is there such a thing as a fine comb without teeth?

Almost immediately an announcer used the word "vilence". I'd love to know what that means. Maybe it has something to do with being vile. I do know it makes me feel...violent.

Then, when the newscasters talk about The Golf, I imagine grown men hitting a small ball round a green. If they mean The Gulf, why on earth don't they say so?

I know I could do better. Why won't they let me?

6 comments:

JoJo said...

LOL Mispronunciations piss me off too. When "The Scream" painting was stolen, the TV anchor actually pronounced Edvard Munch as "Edward Munch", and not Ed-vard Moonk. It annoyed me soooo much I sent an email to KING-5, taking her to task for not knowing how to pronounce the artist's name.

val said...

This morning heard a top current affairs broadcaster say "rooves", had to shout at the radio, "the plural of roof is roofs"!

bobbybegood1 said...

Good post Val. My blooper? When I met Samuel, who by the way is an English master - it runs in his blood. Both his parents were impeccable as far as ANYTHING English went. Unbeknownst to me I had been mispronouncing windowsill and avenue my entire life - windowseal and avenoon. Ha! Go figure. Cheers!!

val said...

Avenoon is a new one on me, BBG, but I've heard windowseal before. Also windowscreen instead of windscreen. I'm getting rather fed up with the mixing up of wander and wonder. There's a property programme on TV where the presenter regularly tells people to "have a wonder round". Why someone doesn't tell them is beyond me!

Ruby said...

I SO agree with you all! Hubby and I are always yelling at the screen correcting everyone's grammar and pronunciation!

vikeau said...

Unfortunately, I am a misprouncing word machine. Mostly because I have a mismash of regional accents to contend with, especially that New York accent. For instance, I do not pronounce the "H" at the begining of words--Humor becomes Yuma and Hugh becomes Yugh. Although I have not picked up the Baltimore word "doug" which for everyone else is pronounced dog.

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