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Topic: English Language mispronounced how?
Message: Posted by: Patrick Redford (May 7, 2005 11:01PM)
What word in the English language is most commonly pronounced incorrectly?
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (May 7, 2005 11:06PM)

Message: Posted by: funny_gecko (May 8, 2005 10:07AM)
I think it is "a" people tend to say it is ah when it should eb said just like the letter A ( ae )
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (May 8, 2005 10:27AM)
Judging by the tourists here, the words most frequently pronounced incorrectly are "Las Vegas" and "Nevada".

Regardless of how you have heard it, the city is pronounced, "LOSS VAY-GUS".

The state is pronounced, "NIH-VAD-UH", not, "NUH-VAH-DUH". Whenever I hear the latter way, I simply remind people that there is no "H" in "Nevada". If they continue to pronounce it wrong, I simply start mispronouncing their name when I talk to them. Either that, or I'll say something like, "Did you see that funny new AWDVERTISEMENT on TV last night?"
Message: Posted by: Patrick Differ (May 8, 2005 01:03PM)
I always called it Vegas for the 26 years I lived there. It means "the meadows" in Spanish, and Nevada roughly means "snowy", which I assure you it isn't in Vegas. But I've heard you all have received a LOT of rain this year. 'Bout time.
Message: Posted by: Wolflock (May 9, 2005 03:59AM)
I don't think that is fair Scott. I will bet you that you cannot say "Gauteng" (A Province in South Africa) properly. I have never heard a foreigner able to say it properly. Should I hold that against them?

Message: Posted by: funny_gecko (May 9, 2005 03:36PM)
Wolflock you clearly have more knowledge then me on this but I believe "Gauteng" means, "at the gold". Also from what I,ve learned I believe the word is a Sesotho word.
Message: Posted by: Wolflock (May 10, 2005 01:21AM)
I am Impressed funny gecko. As Far as I know it is SeSotho or South Sotho. It means Place of Gold. In Zulu it is Egoli. It is the name for what used to be known as the Transvaal here in South Africa. Where abouts are you from? Who told you that info? 99% of tourists are ignorant of any of this info (As ignorant as I would be about what Nevada meant if I had visited there).

Message: Posted by: hkwiles (May 10, 2005 01:58PM)
I think you have all missed the point except Greg.A bit like the old gag

"Constantinople is a very hard word ..can you spell it".

Message: Posted by: funny_gecko (May 10, 2005 02:35PM)
Well I study geography on my own time. I take into mind the changes of the continents and continental drift and study lots of space like the suns pulls and how it affects our planet etc, and try to predict what may happen in the future. But I am only 15 so I am not to wise about it.
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (May 10, 2005 09:12PM)
On 2005-05-09 04:59, Wolflock wrote:
I don't think that is fair Scott. I will bet you that you cannot say "Gauteng" (A Province in South Africa) properly. I have never heard a foreigner able to say it properly. Should I hold that against them?


You're right, Wolflock. Let's say I'm down there and I see the name "Gauteng" on a sign, and I say the name to a local with the wrong pronounciation. Presumably, the local corrects me and gives me the correct pronounciation.

What would you think of me if, despite the correction, I purposefully continued using the wrong pronounciation? Now we're talking about the same situation.

(BTW, I've always thought America should always follow the wonderful government example set by South Africa. South Africa has its legislative capital in one city, its judicial capital in a second city and its executive capital in a third. I vote for leaving the White House in Washington, D.C., moving the Supreme Court to New York, and maybe move congress to Denver or Dallas.)
Message: Posted by: Wolflock (May 11, 2005 02:38AM)
100% Agreed, Scott. Most people will still mispronounce it even after being corrected 1000 times. I would guess that Nevada is easier to pronounce once I have been corrected. But "Gauteng" just seems too difficult for those with a different accent to us. German tourists seem to click on a bit easier as the "G" is pronounced the same as a "g" in most words in german.

Funny gecko, where abouts do you stay though. You don't just learn that Gauteng means place of gold in "SESOTHO" in just any old book. I am quite curious to know where you found that info. :o)

Message: Posted by: funny_gecko (May 15, 2005 08:31PM)
Well most resident of Gauteng speak isiZulu now a days. But back when it was PWV ( Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging (excuse my spelling) ) I don't believe it was so multicultural because they hadn't held their all race election until late april 1994 then it became known as "Gauteng" No I currently researched because of the gold in Johannesburg which was located in the center of the province. Although it is the smallest Wolflock I don't think you'll mind if I call it "Jozi" anyways Researched wherew the gold was and was trying to make a pattern of it all for the future to see where future gold would be. But I kept researching ecause Gauteng and Jozi are so multicultural..there is asians.. Caucasians..etc...and the south border of the Vaal ( grey ) river is fascinationg. with all the wildlife it holds..
Message: Posted by: Wolflock (May 16, 2005 01:33AM)
I am really impressed. You probably know more about the place than most who reside there. I should know. I spent most of my life there. Well Done.
Mina Khuluma SiZulu. (I speak Zulu)

Message: Posted by: funny_gecko (May 16, 2005 02:47PM)
:D so you live in South africa>? weere you born there? when you perform magic (if you do ) what do you do cause I believe you have to be careful because of there culture
Message: Posted by: magiCAD (May 16, 2005 03:17PM)
Here's a question, on topic I hope. When you say 'important', do you articulate/enunciate the first "t", or do you skip it altogether? I hardly ever hear anyone do this. Also, 'uncomfortable'. People seem to say it uncomfterble. :confused:
Message: Posted by: Wolflock (May 17, 2005 12:56AM)
Funny Gecko, I do Close up and Escapology. Not much I have to worry about. But With Some of the African Cultures, I do have to becareful as they are used to witchdoctors and stuff, and are VERY superstitious. I end up making them run like hell with my magici tricks. can be very funny though. :o)
I was born in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia at the time) but lived in South Africa for most of my life.

Message: Posted by: funny_gecko (May 19, 2005 06:56PM)
Very interesting... now is that ur families background? because after all you are white so it just came into mind.
Message: Posted by: Wolflock (May 20, 2005 02:54AM)
Correct. Contrary to most beliefs, there are actually white people in Africa. *gasp* :lol:
Message: Posted by: funny_gecko (May 20, 2005 03:26PM)
:D sorry if I offended you in anyway... so wolflock tell em about yourself in a pm
Message: Posted by: Wolflock (May 23, 2005 04:09AM)
You did not offend me in anyway, so don't worry.

Message: Posted by: funny_gecko (May 25, 2005 05:12PM)
So wolflock tell em about yourself in a pm... ( unless you don't wanan then just don't reply ;) )
Message: Posted by: Wolflock (May 26, 2005 09:14AM)
Tell who?
Message: Posted by: Lambertmoon (May 26, 2005 10:31AM)
I think he meant to type ME instead of EM.
Message: Posted by: Wolflock (May 27, 2005 08:16AM)
Ah. Well PM me and tell me what you want to know and I will tell you.

Message: Posted by: squando (Jun 16, 2005 06:02PM)
So how is this city in SA pronouced?