Usually I play the critic in language debates, but today, Ian flipped the criticism onto me over the word eggs.
I say "ayggs", long vowel sound.Normally I would agree that Ian's version is correct, because in general, you will have a short vowel whenever a double consonant follows. But this is how I have always (or oh-weez, as I say), pronounced the word, and so naturally I feel my way is correct.
Ian says "ehggs", short vowel sound.
Ok, ok, I concede. It must be fun to win for once, eh M'Love? But I'm still going to say it my way.
How do you, dear readers, think "eggs" should be pronounced?
Here are further samples of my idiosyncratic pronunciation and understanding of language, from back when I was first learning to read:
- I used to say "enn-velope" instead of "on-velope" (which, you must admit, is understandable).
- I thought the T in "often" was silent, and argued as much when my pronunciation was called out by a fellow classmate in about 2nd grade.
- I also used to think there were two distinct words for the two uses of the word "used":
used as the past tense of the verb meaning "to implement"
- Pronounce: youzed
- As in: "I used the Kleenex."
used as an adverb of time when combined with "to" to mean "at one time but not anymore"
In first grade, I didn't comprehend that these two words were even related, although I didn't know how the second one would have been spelled. When I very first read a sentence like the second variety, I thought there was something missing between the used and the to, such as, for instance the bus.
- Pronounced: youst
- As in: "I used to go there often."
What are your language idiosyncrasies?
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