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Lost for words?...

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Toots Mon 18-Feb-19 10:26:36

A dear friend of mine very often uses the wrong, but similar sounding word, in a sentence.. Malapropism I believe it is called.. she will burst into laughter if I point it out..which I try not to do too often, but then am struggling to keep a straight face myself!... I wish I could remember her best ones but there have been so many we giggle over...
What I do find annoying though..and maybe I shouldn't... is how some of our words are disappearing completely.. my pet hate is people using the word "convince" instead of "persuade" me its an entirely different context... "persuade" being a softer option..more cajoling than commanding maybe....and how people sometimes substitute totally irrelevant words for the correct one...such as "are" for "our"... i.e. "when we got to are house...".. and another is "loose" instead of "lose"... i.e... "I didn't want to loose it" entirely different meaning altogether...
Maybe I'm just being a moaning old minnie!

Scribbles Mon 18-Feb-19 10:31:46

Oh, this trend for are instead of our is driving me crazy! One of the worst offenders is Theresa May. Count how many times she says "are country". Aaaaaaagh!

Toots Mon 18-Feb-19 16:53:24

Scribbles... 😄
I am ashamed to say.... and I can't believe I didn't notice.... that I've just seen on something I posted yesterday that the predictive text changed our to are!... how did I not see that!.... should have gone to!

Mapleleaf Mon 18-Feb-19 17:38:35

I think, though, with the spoken word, a word can sound different to how it is written. In conversation, we tend to speak more quickly, so that it seems as if some words have been shortened or blended into each other. There are, too, regional differences for the pronunciation of words so that, for example “our” can indeed sound like “are” when someone is saying something during a conversation. Now reading out loud, I think most people would read and say the words as they are spelt, with an accent perhaps, but not as different words.
Spelling is another matter of course, and writing “are house” rather than “our house” would be incorrect.

Dontaskme Mon 18-Feb-19 17:52:04

How can you tell if Theresa May is saying are or our? I've just said them to myself and they sound the same to me!

popsis71 Mon 18-Feb-19 18:04:53

I would OF gone - arrrgh drives me nuts!!!

EllanVannin Mon 18-Feb-19 18:08:00

Drives me mad too, popsis

Scribbles Mon 18-Feb-19 18:20:04

I would OF gone, too, if only I'd OF known about it!

Dontask, every time I hear a clip of TM uttering anything, she appears to be talking of, e.g.: getting the best deal for are country. Maybe it is a regional thing but it grates on my ears.

mcem Mon 18-Feb-19 19:05:10

Certainly don't sound the same to me.
Arr or ow er - totally different!

MiniMoon Mon 18-Feb-19 19:29:34

The one that is really annoying me is era. I have heard so many people pronouncing it erra. There's been a thread about it recently, but it is still really grating. Is this the American pronunciation?

Tangerine Mon 18-Feb-19 19:47:37

"are country". I think it is perhaps a southern thing.

I don't say everyone in the south says "are" for "our".

Dontaskme Mon 18-Feb-19 19:52:55

It must be a regional thing as already said - there is no "w" in our, its our not "ow er". How does the Queen say it? I don't remember ever hearing her use a "w" in our? Then again the Queen would say glaRss, not glass. Anyway I'm in the South and no W here smile

NfkDumpling Mon 18-Feb-19 19:53:47

Prince Harry said “I would of done that” in a tv interview a while back. I was really shocked!

NfkDumpling Mon 18-Feb-19 19:55:17

(And don’t get me started on ashume and conshume. I’m just waiting to hear conshumpshon.)

callgirl1 Mon 18-Feb-19 21:50:12

And prostrate for prostate.

lemongrove Mon 18-Feb-19 23:01:26

callgirl that made me laugh🤣

lemongrove Mon 18-Feb-19 23:02:22

Pacific for specific is a constant howler.

MissAdventure Mon 18-Feb-19 23:03:24


lemongrove Mon 18-Feb-19 23:07:06

I have a swimmming cerstificate! 😁

lemongrove Mon 18-Feb-19 23:07:37

Too many mmm’s!

MissAdventure Mon 18-Feb-19 23:11:22

My neighbour is an absolute star for saying all manner of things wrong.
Her P.I.P benefit becomes P.I.E, her copd is all manner of initials, her microwave has changed, in the time I've know her to a 'microven'..
Still, its a learning kerb, as she would say smile

Daddima Tue 19-Feb-19 03:54:21

My wee auntie had so many malapropisms! She had ‘embezzled’ wallpaper, talked about the ‘ menstrual cyclone’, ‘muslim’ nappies, the ‘ nuclear detergent’, and many more!

cavewoman Tue 19-Feb-19 06:43:51

We must share the same neighbour MissA
Does yours take flowers to the 'symmetry' ?
Or complain about her very coast veins?

harrigran Tue 19-Feb-19 10:38:43

I often forget the word I am looking for so most things in the kitchen are interchangeable, giving DH a pile of plates he may be instructed to put them in the microwave, washing machine or any other appliance. Thankfully he usually knows what I mean.

Toots Tue 19-Feb-19 11:37:37

Very funny everyone.. 😂 I do mainly mean the written word except in the case of convince/persuade which seems to be disappearing altogether
MissAdventure and Daddima.... it sounds like you know my friend!... 😂😂😂 ...and I think you have all mentioned words that irritate me...prostrate for prostate. pacifically for specifically....muslim for muslin...and my husband's family ALWAYS say emphasemia for emphasema. I find myself correcting people on the television all the time, and I know it's rude to keep correcting people but I really have to bite my tongue sometimes!
The malapropisms do bring a good old chuckle though.. 😂 I just wish I could remember them all!