da Doctah wrote:
Showsni wrote:My Dad still makes fun of how I pronounced Monopoly the first time (with mo, no, po all rhyming with no).
I'm still trying to learn where the syllables and stresses are in Aeropostale.
I don't think I've ever said it out loud, because I know I'm probably wrong, but I've always mentally pronounced the store "AIR-oh-Post-ah-LEE".
I know I'm just joining this thread, but reading through it, my mind has been blown so many times!
At least I know I am mispronouncing hyperbole and epitome on purpose, but like ladycygnus wrote about epitome above, I mispronounce them automatically. Not sure if that's because I started it on purpose or just kept reinforcing it belligerently after I found out the true way to say them.
Some of these words - chimera, macabre, and sidereal - I know I'm going to go on mispronouncing anyway, partly because I'll forget and partly because I'm obstinate even if I don't forget. (Also bonafide has three syllables.) That's the beauty of American English - no one can tell us we're wrong because we believe in our individual right to think words are pronounced however the heck we feel like it. God bless America!
ETA: OK, so I was looking up the pronunciation of bonafide on wiktionary, and it says that the American pronunciation has four choices
(and bear with me but I can't remember the "IPA" symbols, so I just use words that I think are unambiguous):
three I recognize - to rhyme with "Jonah hide", "Ghana hide", and the pretentious-looking Latinish "Jonah B-Day"
and one I don't think I've ever heard, but which is the one shared with the UK - rhymes with "Jonah Heidi". That's really how you say it in England? Boh-na-fy-dee?
I hear velociraptor tastes like chicken.