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OK, here's a science history lesson for you all. The guy that first made aluminium named it 'alumium'. But then a couple of years later decided to rename it 'aluminum' (because he felt like it). The Americans being good little scientists dutifully changed to the new but the British didn't like it and wanted to keep with the -ium suffix (like sodium, calcium etc) so they threw in an extra i to make it sound better and went with 'aluminium'.

And the Kiwi accent is awesome Jodi and Aussie friends. Least we don't say Feesh n Cheeps.

Jodi - posted on 12/15/2010

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"And Cathy, what can I say? We like silent letters :)"



Nope, that's not it, you all got lazy and decided to drop a letter here and there :P



Like:

color/colour

honor/honour



See, lazy :P

C. - posted on 12/14/2010

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So! Often is spelled to sound like off-ten, but if you look in the dictionary, it's actually supposed to be pronounced off-en. The T is silent.



Therefore, just b/c it's spelled a certain way, doesn't mean it's supposed to be pronounced that way.

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Vegemite - posted on 12/15/2010

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whats a coupon i pronounce it voucher or voucha :)
coo-pon
alumuminIum
sir-rup
dAHnce (soft a)
tomAHto
potAYto (mmm Tayto crisps, irish anyone)
my father would say tirty tree and a turd 33&1/3
mALL not mal or maybe just shopping centre
everyone say in Austalian or Ustraryan accent I'm using the tawlet in mel-bun then i'll cook a sossag on the barbie. What's a shrimp anyway?I thought it was prawn a raw prawn at that too.

Becky - posted on 12/15/2010

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Yeah, Amie, I think my cousins are just wierd, lol. They also pronounce batteries, "battries".
I used to go to school with some southerners who pronounced Oil "ohl". I always got a kick out of that one.

C. - posted on 12/15/2010

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LaCi, new words, yes, but not new pronunciations. I wasn't being serious, anyway, sheesh..

LaCi - posted on 12/15/2010

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The dictionary adjusts to society. Which is why we create new words all the time.

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I catch my accent when I say 'nine', especially over the phone. I think it comes out a little like 'noine'. Oh the shame. Other Kiwi-isms which I am sure I don't do is 'mulk' for milk and Nu-Zelund for New Zealand, which should be Neu Zearland not Noo Zeeland like you Americans say.

Apparently Kiwis and Aussies also end sentences with a high note like a question. And we speak fast.

Joanna - posted on 12/15/2010

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Growing up in north Dakota, I called root beer "rutt beer," roof was "ruff," bag was "bay-g," station wagon was "station way-gan", etc.

Sometimes I slip up and use my native "accent" and my husband teases me mercilessly.

C. - posted on 12/15/2010

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"another one that really gets my goat that I've heard? (I think it's northern folk)"

I hope you mean WAY up north (as in Canada)! B/c when we lived up north, it was WATER ;) (and my brother and I were born in ND)

Krista - posted on 12/15/2010

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I say coo-pon, but that's because it just sounds right to me. I know people who say it the other way around.
Dictionary.com says coo-pon.

Amie - posted on 12/15/2010

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It's a wireless router.. not a wireless rooter.

I don't know why, but I find all of this strange. I have come to the conclusion though that I pronounce everything correctly and those of you who don't, are weird. So there. =P

Krista - posted on 12/15/2010

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My step-dad is newfie and he calls ironing, "arning". He also calls a tire iron an "arn".

LaCi - posted on 12/15/2010

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Hey, speaking of route. If you say "root" would you call a wireless router a wireless rooter?

Amie - posted on 12/15/2010

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I am a Saskatchewanian and I just want to say, I do NOT pronounce it pellow. How dumb. It's an I not an E.

Jackie - posted on 12/15/2010

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hahaha my mom worsh! i pick on her all the damn time. She has a hard time with R's so the name Roy gets her every time!

LaCi - posted on 12/15/2010

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What about those weirdos who say worsh instead of wash? the worshing machine... :D

LaCi - posted on 12/15/2010

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if you drive a mustang coupe, you do not drive a qpe.


"What about graph? some people here say it grah-ff (a hard AR) and others (like me) say graff (a soft ah).

Or sHEDule vs SKEDule. aka schedule

or Root vs Rout for Route."

With route it depends. Normally I say rout, but sometimes its root, en route, specific phrases

Schedule= skedule unless I'm intentionally sounding pretentious.

Graph.. I say it exactly like merriam webster's creepy robot pronunciation clicky says it



Sir-up, definitely.

Jackie - posted on 12/15/2010

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another one that really gets my goat that I've heard? (I think it's northern folk)

wooder instead of WATER! pisses me off

Jackie - posted on 12/15/2010

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coo - pon. and sir-up. If it were pronounced q-pon, in would read something like quepon not coupon.

Caitlin - posted on 12/15/2010

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coo-pon



Wow. then I read the thread and there is so much more in there.. way to go me being late on the uptake..

C. - posted on 12/15/2010

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Yeah, yeah.. Don't blame us for something our predecessors did :)



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I would know :P I actually know someone from Australia. No, it's really not that bad, though :)

Jodi - posted on 12/15/2010

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But don't worry, I'm pretty sure we Aussies have bastardised it too. But you guys wouldn't know. Did you know when I travelled over there (mostly in Canada, but I was in the US), no-one could tell we were Aussies - they thought we were Poms. So it just goes to show......

Jodi - posted on 12/15/2010

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Hahahaha, given the latter spellings are the Queen's English.......no-one elses fault y'all bastardised it :P

C. - posted on 12/15/2010

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It wasn't OUR choice :P



Nah, you all just have crazy spellings and just want to blame it on someone else :) (j/k, btw)

C. - posted on 12/15/2010

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Actually, Erin, we spell it 'aluminum'. There's no extra 'i'.

And Cathy, what can I say? We like silent letters :)

Jodi - posted on 12/15/2010

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Oh that annoys me too Cathy, there IS an "h" in herb.



And Anika, I'm sorry, the Kiwi accent just doesn't count :P

Ez - posted on 12/15/2010

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OMG yes Cathy lol.
Or aluminium. There is a second 'i' in there for a reason. Don't ignore it ;)

C. - posted on 12/15/2010

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Oh my gosh, Becky!!!!

Here is a small list of what my husband says that bugs me..

He also says pellow instead of pillow.
MELK instead of MILK.
PACIFIC instead of SPECIFIC.
BA-SKETTI instead of SPAGHETTI!!!!!!!!!! (I actually got in an argument w/ a 4 yr old when I was about 4 or 5 and corrected him.. I guess God made sure I'd find somebody that said it the same way just to teach me patience lol)

I love my husband to bits and I know it's hard for him to form certain words b/c his teeth (overbite and he has braces) but those are just some silent annoyances..

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Coo-pon
se rup

both for agen and again.

What about graph? some people here say it grah-ff (a hard AR) and others (like me) say graff (a soft ah).

Or sHEDule vs SKEDule. aka schedule

or Root vs Rout for Route.

The problem we have here in NZ is that we watch both UK and US TV and the pronunciation of lots of words differ between the two.

Like scone can be scon or sCONE (we do the former in NZ).
Or oREGano or Or-i-GAH no for the herb. I can't even remember which one is considered correct here.

The one that cracks me up when watching UK TV is mental. In NZ we say Men-tal. Some places in the UK they say Ment-al.

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Coo-pon
se rup

both for agen and again.

What about graph? some people here say it grah-ff (a hard AR) and others (like me) say graff (a soft ah).

Or sHEDule vs SKEDule. aka schedule

or Root vs Rout for Route.

The problem we have here in NZ is that we watch both UK and US TV and the pronunciation of lots of words differ between the two.

Like scone can be scon or sCONE (we do the former in NZ).
Or oREGano or Or-i-GAH no for the herb. I can't even remember which one is considered correct here.

The one that cracks me up when watching UK TV is mental. In NZ we say Men-tal. Some places in the UK they say Ment-al.

Becky - posted on 12/14/2010

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My cousins from Saskatchewan, pronounce pillow, "pellow." That one bugs me! It's an I, not an e!

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Well here in MT the constant argument Is creek, or how many pronounce it, crick.

I say seer-up, and Q-pon.

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