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Wrong and utterly stupid pronunciations...

(170 Posts)
solonan Wed 03-Sep-14 13:26:12

Just saw this over on mumsnet and it did make me laugh. Al Paseeno? My dear old grandfather used to pronounce the z in Chez Fred his local fish and chip shop. Such a funny memory.

Pittcity Wed 03-Sep-14 13:40:58

My Grandad was one for the French too. He used to say "Silver Plate" instead of "Please".

Greenfinch Wed 03-Sep-14 13:59:42

The saddest one of all I think is that of WW1 soldiers sent to Ypres . Not able to pronounce it(most never having been outside of England and with no knowledge of French) they called it "Wipers" (Y-pers).sad

Agus Wed 03-Sep-14 14:08:47

Instead of saying gracias, my elderly uncle would say, grassy arse grin

KatyK Wed 03-Sep-14 14:54:17

I used to work with someone who said olive war instead of au revoir when trying to speak a bit of French smile Shades of Del Boy.

rosequartz Wed 03-Sep-14 15:00:12

Oh dear.
There was me thinking that the younger generation couldn't pronounce words correctly and all the time it is we DPs!

Sometimes we mis-pronounce words deliberately in this family because the DC pronounced them wrongly when they were tiny. People must think we don't know any better.

petallus Wed 03-Sep-14 15:02:05

My grandfather used to say 'sparrow grass' for asparagus and old station dog for the obvious but I think it may have been deliberate.

Soutra Wed 03-Sep-14 15:05:26

Duh! What is "old station dog" ?

suebailey1 Wed 03-Sep-14 15:07:06

Loved the Map and Lucia series - they always said Au Reservoir.

We say serpently for certainly- silly but a family tradition.

DelBoy was best at it of course mange tout mange tout!

Galen Wed 03-Sep-14 15:59:01

Alsatian dog?

gillybob Wed 03-Sep-14 16:09:51

A bit off topic but my 4 year old grandson can't pronounce the letter "G"
therefore his sisters are called The Dirls, I am Drandma, DH is Drandad etc.

Had to giggle diddle on Monday evening when at dinner he asked;

"Drandma, can me and the dirls go to the park with drandad? I will be a dood boy ". [drin]

Agus Wed 03-Sep-14 16:35:31

That is so sweet gillybob. Both GDs entertained us when they got words wrong or in GD2s case still puts an N in front of the word use as in, I can't nooz this grin

Agus Wed 03-Sep-14 16:37:50

Yes, what is the old station dog?

TriciaF Wed 03-Sep-14 16:55:44

"old station dog"? smile
Alsation of course.
My work involved talking to children, and I often asked them if the family had a dog and if so what kind?
One little girl replied "an old station dog" and that stumped me for a while.

HollyDaze Wed 03-Sep-14 16:56:54

Some of them I find amusing - my eldest GD could never say cucumber but would always say 'cumcuber', the youngest one couldn't say shoulders, that came out as 'soldiers'.

My Dad would deliberately mispronounce words (with a gleam in his eyes and a grin) - when on holiday, he would ask me to fetch the newspaper and to ask for the Maily Dirror (it was years before I realised that wasn't what it was called), he would ask if everyone would like chish and fips. A local road, Haunch Lane, he always called Hunch Lane - and so it went on grin

Two I really dislike: aks (instead of ask) and pacific (instead of specific).

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 03-Sep-14 16:59:58

It was a sad day when hosdible became hospital.

The one that winds me up (and it's so common) is "new killer" instead of nuclear

Pamaga Wed 03-Sep-14 17:04:02

A friend's father used to call bikinis 'binkies'.
My son used to say vigenar instead of vinegar and beetroop instead of beetroot.
I read the names Penelope and Imogen in school stories before I ever met anyone with those names. I thought the former was Pen-elope (as in the words pen and elope) and the latter I-mo-gen (with a hard g).

Ana Wed 03-Sep-14 17:07:20

Having only read the word and never having heard anyone say it, I thought the wor picturesque was pronounced 'picture-skew'. I still use it to myself sometimes!

granjura Wed 03-Sep-14 17:30:48

When on holiday in France or Switzerland when our girls were little, people often invited us for an 'apéritif' - our youngest asked once why people asked us round for 'a pair of teeth'! Still often used in our family.

For me, as a native French speaker, 'th' was always my bugbear. Either came out as a 'f' or a 'v'- and of course used to put 'h's everywhere they shoudn't be. First day in London, I went to the cornershop to buy some 'cloth hangers' pronounced 'cloff hangers'- they of course didn't understand me- so I explained, clutching my jacket 'hangers to hang my cloffs on'- then had to point to said hangers. oh they laughed. Also told future OH I wanted to become a 'hairostess' in the past. I had to learn, and fast!

HollyDaze Wed 03-Sep-14 17:41:02

My stepfather was Welsh and he adored my son. When my son was about 4 years old, my stepfather, when we went to visit, said, as he usually did, 'come here boyo' and he'd hold his arms open ready to scoop my son up for a cuddle. One particular day, my son said 'Granddad, why do you call me a boil' grin

susieb755 Wed 03-Sep-14 17:42:20

My DS used to say andublance, and liked small cake and the new woods ( shortbread , new forest )

My DD had a client she called Mrs Gills ( hard g ) Pie for 2 years until her boss pronounced Mrs Gillespie correctly !

susieb755 Wed 03-Sep-14 17:48:06

The Alsation made me laugh - when we got our puppy last year, our neighbour looked quizzically at her for a few weeks, and said - 'your dog doesn't half look like an Alsation' - I sad well she is, 'Oh I thought you said she was a German Shepherd....'

hildajenniJ Wed 03-Sep-14 17:57:24

When DGD was little she used to help her mum put dirty laundry in the "washing it clean" it'll never be a washing machine to me now. My Dad did what Hollydaze Dad did, and transposed the first letters of the words. Chish and fips was one of his favourites too. He also called Rimski? Korsakov, " Rip your corsets off" which still makes me smile. Oh, and flutterbies for butterflies.

inishowen Wed 03-Sep-14 17:59:14

A boy in my school used to say "Grand Pricks" instead of "Grand Prix". He never knew why we laughed. On holiday our tour rep told us the town was very chick, as in chic! I once heard someone order "automatic duck" in a restaurant, now that's what we call it in our family! Dad used to say "horses doovers" when talking about a starter on a menu. Lastly my friend thought we were human beans!

MiniMouse Wed 03-Sep-14 18:07:06

I remember watching a reporter on tv (on It'll Be All Right on the Night, I think) who couldn't say 'hyperdermic needle' - she repeatedly said, 'hyperdeemic nerdle'!