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Friday, March 05, 2010


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Paul Angotta

Smiled when I read the posting about enunciation. My dad was a teacher and college professor. Growing up on Long Island - it was almost automatic that my speech would be adversely effected. My 'er's' quickly became 'ah's' - so 'winter' became 'wint-ah' - 'December' became 'Decemb-ah.' Each and every time I or one of my sisters would slip - and it happened a lot - he gave us a laser look - take in a Darth Vader sounding breath of air - and say, "Excuse me?" One of my many fond memories of him.



I think of that r in February every time I say the word. It's awkward to include in the spoken word but I cannot in good conscience drop it as it does exist, has for all time and therefore must be pronounced!

As for pronunciation, perhaps I'll make it the topic of another post.

And "that" speaks for itself.

Curt Yamaoka

Not an enunciation issue but rather mispronunciation which bothers me more the older I get. How many people do you know that pronounce the first "r" in February, rather than pronouncing it Febuary? Maybe the rules have changed since I went to school a hundred years ago. Another bothersome one is the pronunciation of the possessive form of anyone's name which ends in "s" or "x" which I notice has begun to be spelled out in literature and news publications but seems to have been ignored by most people I know. As my first name ends in "s" I have been attuned to this one for a while, as in Curtis' which of course should be pronounced Curtis's. And one final irritant. How about responding to a clerk's request for your surname (like Yamaoka) and having him/her say "can you spell that" and when you reply "t-h-a-t" or "yes, can you?" they give you the inevitable blank stare? The list is endless! Does this qualify as a rant?

Christie Dickerman

Well your parents definitely influenced their daughters! I can still hear mom (and often still do on my visits or phone conversations) making sure I know the difference between saying orange and orange (the nasal version), scaaalloped and scalloped (again the nasal version) and valance and va-lance (which I hear waaay to often living in North Carolina!). Of course though, the one that rubbed off the most from your parents that she says was/is "Christie, eeenuuunciate!" Thanks mom :)

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