Strictly Speaking

Author: Brad  |  Category: Boardman Views, Education, General, Humor

While I don’t claim to be an expert in all things English, there are a few things I do know about the language thanks especially to Miss Gloria Guapp, my ninth grade English teacher.

The mispronunciation of certain words drives me crazy.

The misuse of words is similarly annoying.

In the comment section you may feel free to add any of the slaughterings that you love to hate.

Here are a few of my least favorite.  For those of you who are guilty of not realizing these, the misuses and mispronunciations are listed first, then the correct.

Nucular.  Come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It’s nuclear!  That’s new-KLEE-er.  That and his participation in the bailouts are the only negative things I have to say about George W. Bush.  I know.  I know.  Just relax.

Excape.  The word is eScape.

Ambliance.  AmbUlance.

Chimbley.  Chimney

Row.  Not oar.  Row.  You use an oar to row.

Realator.  Realtor.  Got it?  That’s real-tor.

Jewlery.  No, no, no.  Not jew-lery.  Say it with me.  Jewel-ry.

Expresso.  No such word.  I think you mean eSpresso.

Expecially.  Especially.  Some folks seem to have trouble with certain letters, eXpecially the letter “X.”

Foilage.  Foliage.  Just get the letters in the right order and you’ll probably say it correctly.

Heighth.  Height.

Irregardless.  Regardless.  Don’t be redundant.

Mischievious.  Mischievous.

Ingonna…  I’m going to…

Sherbert.  Sherbet.

Aks.  The word, people, is aSk!  Don’t even get me started on “ebonics.”

Long-jevity.  Longevity.  You don’t get to have it both ways.  It’s pronounced lon-jevity.

It’s 9:00 a.m in the morning?  Click HERE.

Continue on.  It’s not necessary to continue on.  Just continue.

He was heading northbound?  No.  He was either heading north or he was simply northbound.

The thing of it is…  Try this.  The point is…

You’re in Boardman Country and that’s a whole nother topic, exetera, exetera, exetera!

Make yourself at home, butcha better talk right,


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6 Responses to “Strictly Speaking”

  1. Dean Isaacson Says:

    There is no such word as masonary, yet I even see this on logos and advertising for masonry work! Makes me aks where these guys went to school.

  2. Lynnette Bonner Says:


    Rachelle Gardner recently did a post about this. I’m not one to be bothered too much by stuff like this… English is a fluid ever-changing language.

    Chillax is a new one that I saw just today. “Just chillax.” LOL
    .-= Lynnette Bonner´s last blog ..Crossing the Bar ~ by C. Maggie Woychik =-.

  3. admin Says:

    It mostly bothers me when folks speak incorrectly that I think should know better. I don’t ever let it wreck my day though!

  4. Barbara Says:

    Well, some of us paid attention in English class… Huh?

  5. admin Says:

    Hi Barbara!

    I did try to pay attention. However, as we all know, English is a bugger of a language with all its exceptions, etc. I hate to say it, but many who may use improper pronunciation could probably whoop me when it comes to proper use of commas. I think the comma rules are my worst struggle.

    Anyway, thanks for commenting!

  6. Diane Scott Says:

    I know it’s typically regional, but it drives me crazy when people say “axed” for asked. My father grew up saying PAST-a versus pasta and to this day it drives me crazy LOL! Interesting, I’m sure I have a string of them, but I don’t want to inadvertently offend any of your readers 🙂
    .-= Diane Scott´s last blog ..Choosing The Right Path Critical Reading =-.