Lately I’ve been noticing people in the media talking in ways that make my teeth itch. Now, I know this is hypocritical coming from a person whose Bronx accent is so thick even her children make fun of her, but I can’t help it. And it seems to be getting worse the older I get.
This started when I noticed the guy who narrates How It’s Made pronounces the word “robots” as “robits”. I even asked here where the guy was from. Then William Shatner tried to ruin my enjoyment of a nature show by pronouncing “lava” like “lather” only with a ‘v’ instead of a 'th"-- and then stretching the word out, making it sound even worse. He kept talking about “the laaaava tubes” and making me cringe. Then I saw this youtube of Shatner asking Spock to “sabataaage” the ship. Did he always talk that way and I never noticed?
Right in the middle of the Shatner narrated doc was a commercial for a veteran’s organization in which the spokesman kept pronouncing the word ‘vechrins’. He’d somehow lost a syllable and gained a ‘ch’. WTF?
And finally I realized that it must be me getting old and cantankerous because yesterday Destiny’s Child’s Irreplaceable played on the radio and all I heard the whole time was Beyonce and her inability to say the word correctly. She pronounced it 'irreplaceaboo" throughout the entire song and it drove me crazy.
So I ask: what’s with the weird pronouncations all of a sudden?