Even if a dictionary accepts a pronunciation as okay, there are some that strike me as precious, snooty, faux-intellectual or just annoying.
One I just heard on TV is a prime example: processes. I have always thought “PRAH-sess-iz” was the right was to say the plural of “PRAH-sess” and that “prah-sess-EEZ” was an affectation to make it sound more scientific or academic or just plain “important.”
Any that bug you like this? Do you prefer the version I dislike?
I know the dictionary says it’s ok, and I’ve read debates on grammar message boards about it…but my best friend pronounces it this way and I know he does it because he thinks it’s right and it makes him seem smart, but really it just makes him sound like a douche.
In that case, I’m pleased I don’t have to hear your posts.
Since turn about is fair play, what pronunciations “get all over” you? Surely there must be at least one. And I don’t just mean that you feel the pronunciation is ill-advised, as might be the case with the ubiquitous “nue-cue-ler” that our esteemed chief executive seems to enjoy bludgeoning us with. No, I mean the ones that really make you squirm.
The one I hate: “harassment”. It should be harras-ment with the emphasis on the “ass” part (so to speak! :eek: ). I hate when it’s pronoucned haires-ment, all soft-like. Bah. I can’t explain it!
Also- “tarrah” for “terror”. I have a friend whose daughter is named Tara. I alsways feel for her when they discuss “the war on tarrah”.
Pretty much any American pronunciations of words can sound wrong. Not that it’s wrong for there - it just is for here. I don’t mind it too much though I also wish people would learn to pronounce the names of places correctly.