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Among a number of irritating spoken peccadilloes, I find this one particularly gratin'.

I would appreciate the view of @Amor Vincit Omnia in particular as our resident polyglot and linguist, Steve may not bother too much actually, but it really irritates me, especially as it seems to be widely perpetrated by a certain supposedly well educated cohort.

I mean droppin' the "g" from what I presume is a participle. It happens when people are discussin' stuff on TV and radio, and perhaps talkin' about actin' and performin' and so on. Is anyone else perturbed by this one, or am I in a minority of 1? :D
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JAFO wrote: Fri Jul 28, 2023 6:11 pm Among a number of irritating spoken peccadilloes, I find this one particularly gratin'.

I would appreciate the view of @Amor Vincit Omnia in particular as our resident polyglot and linguist, Steve may not bother too much actually, but it really irritates me, especially as it seems to be widely perpetrated by a certain supposedly well educated cohort.

I mean droppin' the "g" from what I presume is a participle. It happens when people are discussin' stuff on TV and radio, and perhaps talkin' about actin' and performin' and so on. Is anyone else perturbed by this one, or am I in a minority of 1? :D

Well? Whatever floats your boat, Dave.

To me the point is that we're not living in the 1920s or 30s where any and everybody here in the UK who spoke on 'Recorded Media' i.e. early Radio, Film and Television did so in the 'Kings English' as if they had been educated at Oxford or Cambridge.

We're in the 21st Century with multinational, multicultural, multiethnic, multilingual, multidialect people speaking English with all manner of internation and expression. Embrace and enjoy it.

To quote Louis Armstrong; What a Wonderful World.

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What irritates is when pronunciation is pronounced pronounciation.
Just sayin'.
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Can I just add that I live in Halifax West Yorkshire, and the ‘H’ is silent.
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^^^^ Of correct you can Iain, and I'm sure if you asked nicely, as well, if you may refer to your silent 'H', we'll say yes to that as well.

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My pet hate is the silent P in swimming!!
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My pet peeve? “First off…”. It’s not off. The phrase is “first of all…”. It doesn’t get shortened to “first off.” I thank Rex from Napoleon Dynamite for this abomination.
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My mother in law says "Pacificly" rather than "Specifically "

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My parents pronounce Pinot noir as “PEE-nin” noir. It drives me nuts.

Many years ago a student told me in May I’d been mispronouncing her name all year. In my defense, it was a difficult name to pronounce. When I asked why she never said something sooner she said, “You genuinely thought you were pronouncing it right and seemed so proud of yourself. I didn’t want to burst your bubble.” :lol:
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I can’t really add much to Guy’s excellent response. Language evolves and mutates, and we set it in stone at our peril. It’s worth remembering that the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle probably seemed to Chaucer as Chaucer did to Shakespeare, Shakespeare to Johnson, and Johnson to whomever you choose from the contemporary canon.

How we speak and how we write are conditioned by where we grew up, what kind of society we were born into, and where and how we were educated.

I hear lots of people speaking in ways that I don’t, and I read lots of people writing in ways that I would not choose to write. I’ll say no more.
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My pet hate is the American pronunciation of buoys.

They say (phonetically) buwies. I've no idea how to spell bewies/buies/byuwies/booees?

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Steve Quinn wrote: Fri Jul 28, 2023 8:32 pm My pet hate is the American pronunciation of buoys.

They say (phonetically) buwies. I've no idea how to spell bewies/buies/byuwies/booees?

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How’s it pronounced in the UK?
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@jkbarnes - just Boys. Silent u :thumbup:
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jkbarnes wrote: Fri Jul 28, 2023 8:33 pm How’s it pronounced in the UK?
The UK pronunciation is generally identical with the word for a male child.

In French the word is “bouée” so the North American pronunciation could well have been influenced by that, especially in Canada and the Gulf states.
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For me...Should of, Would of, could of.

It's should've, would've, could've As in should, would, could HAVE. It makes no sense....I should of paid more attention at school
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