Not for you, but obviously for others it is. Do you think people say “ax” for the heck of it? So many people, “ax” rolls off the tongue easier than “ask”.
I actually have to concentrate when I say “ask”. Once, I was talking to someone and I found myself saying “ask” and “asked” a lot, and I really was having a hard time not confusing the two. In my brain, they sound very similar. I was glad when the conversation was over, that’s how taxed I was.
I have difficulty saying a lot of words “correctly” due to my Southern accent. It took moving up North for me to notice that I say “heel” instead of “hill” and “peel” instead of “pill”. Even after knowing that “ill” is a different sound than “eel”, I still have a very difficult time saying “ill” words “correctly”.
I don’t have a speech impediment, even though I did spend a year in elementary school in a speech class due to language issues.
You have the right to be pissed, I suppose. But it’s not as easy as saying someone is being lazy for saying a word the way they do. There are these things called accents and dialects that we must tolerate in a vibrant society like ours. No one really speaks standard English except for news reporters.