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    Quote Originally Posted by Girl X View Post
    Haha - no, not defeat. I think you can only get away with it if you're of that country. Otherwise it would be a bit like saying "Well, today I'm going to Pah-ree" (instead of Paris), and then insisting that's how the locals pronounce it, so that's how you pronounce it.

    There are some words where the westernised/ anglicised version is the same as the local one, and others where we have an acceptable version of our own!

    A bit like karaoke. We say 'ka-ree-oh-kee', but in Japan it's 'kah-rah-oh-kay' (with more of an 'L' sound than 'R' on the 'rah'). But you'd sound kind of silly saying that over here, with no Japanese background...
    I find all this stuff so interesting and feel like less of a tool now, thanks

    I'm amazed that I never thought that maybe he was just saying it in a Japanese accent - but to be honest I don't think he was, he was just a bit...odd. For many reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girl X View Post
    Was he English? That's the standard English pronunciation. I can't get used to 'yoe-gert' over here, although DD says it which is getting me there...
    My parents are English immigrants and although they have been here for about 47 years still say yog-urt and vit-amin (the "vit" rhyming with "nit"). I've told them that if they want to come over here they have to learn our ways!! What's worse is that my Dad is from the north and my Mum is from the south and the north-south divide can still run rampant in the house!

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    Expresso for espresso.

    Pacific instead of specific.

    Aks instead of ask.

    Irregardless for regardless.

    Mute instead of moot ('mute point' lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girl X View Post
    YES! Thank you!

    But this one leaves me with a horrid dilemma. I know that it should be Mow-ett, but also that most people think it's Mow-ay or (worse) Mow-ee, so I worry that if I say it correctly then everyone else will think I'm an idiot!

    So I just avoid ever saying it...
    YES!! This is me exactly! I know that it should be mow-ett, but I worry that if I say it this way people will think I'm clueless and it always leaves me in a dilemma!

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    My boss used to say "mute point" and I never felt I could correct her!

    Do people actually say pacifically? I thought it was just a Kath n Kim joke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girl X View Post
    YES! Thank you!

    But this one leaves me with a horrid dilemma. I know that it should be Mow-ett, but also that most people think it's Mow-ay or (worse) Mow-ee, so I worry that if I say it correctly then everyone else will think I'm an idiot!

    So I just avoid ever saying it...
    YES!

    I was just having this conversation with my sister recently

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    My boss says "ell-edge-able" for eligible and it drives me crazy, especially if its in a conversation where I've said ineligible - it makes me think she's saying ineligible as well lol!

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    ok so what is the correct pronounciation of Moet? I have always wondered

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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    Ok I accept that you are right!! Haha. Didn't mean to doubt. I just feel silly now
    It's cool

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    My boss also pronounces "e" as "a", I.e. Ellen is "Allen"... She's from far north QLD, is it a queenslander thing?


 

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