Sunday, May 4, 2008

How do you pronounce it?

Time for a fun game! Except for one word, I love to hear how others pronounce words according to where they live and what they are used to hearing!

Now, the one word that I will argue with you vehemently is Appalachian. You see, I LIVE in the Appalachian mountains, about an hour south of Appalachia, Virginia. And though you can lecture me on what the dictionary says or what newscasters say, but I'll tell ya: I AM from here, and what the natives say is right, in my book! So for my purposes, it is App-uh-latch-uh. No long a in the place!

Now that that is settled, how do you pronounce these words??

POINSETTIA: poin-set-ee-uh or poin-set-uh
EITHER: ee-ther or aye-ther
PAPRIKA: pap-ri-kuh or puh-pree-kuh
ROUTE: root or rout
GALA: gey-luh or gal-uh
CONSORTIUM: consor-shee-um or consor-tee-um
VASE: vayse or vahz
MISCHIEVOUS: mis-che-vus or mis-chee-vee-ous
KILOMETER: kil-uh-meter or ki-lom-i-ter
PATRONIZE: pay-tronize or pah-tronize
COMFORTABLE: comf-terble or com-fer-ta-ble
ASSOCIATE: ass-o-see-ate or ass-o-shee-ate
ORANGE: awr-nj or ornj
CARAMEL: care-a-mel or car-mel or kahr-uh-mel or kahr-mul
BONUS SPELLING QUESTION: CATSUP OR KETCHUP?

Put it in your comments or post your own game and leave me the link!!


Here are my answers:
POINSETTIA: poin-set-uh
EITHER: ee-ther
PAPRIKA: pap-ri-kuh
ROUTE: rout
GALA: I honestly don't say this word much, but if I had a choice, I'd go with gal-uh
CONSORTIUM: Another word I don't say much! But I'll go with consor-shee-um
VASE: vayse
MISCHIEVOUS: mis-chee-vee-ous
KILOMETER: ki-lom-i-ter
PATRONIZE: pay-tronize
COMFORTABLE: Took me several pronunciations to hear the difference, but I guess I say comf-terble
ASSOCIATE: ass-o-see-ate
ORANGE: awr-nj
CARAMEL: kahr-mul
BONUS SPELLING QUESTION: KETCHUP

4 comments:

Lori said...

What fun! I made a link to your site from mine and also played the game.
Fun, fun, fun.

jezebelsk said...

POINSETTIA: poin-set-uh
EITHER: ee-ther or aye-ther (BOTH!)
PAPRIKA: pap-ri-kuh
ROUTE: root or rout (BOTH!)
GALA: gal-uh
CONSORTIUM: consor-tee-um
VASE: vayse or vahz (BOTH!)
MISCHIEVOUS: mis-che-vus or mis-chee-vee-ous (BOTH!)
KILOMETER: ki-lom-i-ter
PATRONIZE: pay-tronize or pah-tronize (BOTH - depending on the meaning -- pay-tonize for "I will not patronize this restaurant." pah-tronize for "Don't you dare patronize me!)
COMFORTABLE: comf-terble ASSOCIATE: ass-o-see-ate
ORANGE: ornj
CARAMEL: care-a-mel or car-mel (BOTH of these)
BONUS SPELLING QUESTION: KETCHUP


This was fun - but is there something wrong with me? I have a lot of "Both" pronunciations! Maybe because I was an A.F. Brat and grew up everywhere?

Samster.com said...

WARNING, I'm AUSTRALIAN!!!

POINSETTIA: poin-set-ee-uh (or more often, "those red leaf things they have at christmas")
EITHER: ee-tha
PAPRIKA: pap-ri-kuh
ROUTE: root
GALA: more like Ga-la no point making it longer than it already is!!!!
CONSORTIUM: cnsorti-yum (run the first bit together and then pronounce every seperate bit of the second half)
VASE: vahz
MISCHIEVOUS: mis-chee-vee-yus
KILOMETER: Klomata (it's a long word, just get it over with!)
PATRONIZE: pay-tronize or pah-tronize either same as "jezebelsk"
COMFORTABLE: comfy (cum-fee)
ASSOCIATE: so-see-at
ORANGE: awr-nj or ornj NO NO NO it's or-an-j
CARAMEL: Ka-ruh-mel
BONUS SPELLING QUESTION: CATSUP OR KETCHUP? Tomato Sauce!!!

generally it's safe to say if there is a vowel in the first half of the word you can probably leave it out and no aussie would notice (and that's actually pronounced ozzie)

MyThreeDaughters said...

I was just about to say, I wonder if it is possible to answer if you are Australian. It seems OK, but a bit of a brain twister. Will read other answer first.
www.homesteadblogger.com/ourlittlehouseintown

POINSETTIA: poin-set-ee-uh
EITHER: ee-thuh mostly
PAPRIKA: pap-ree-kah
ROUTE: root
GALA: gar-lar
CONSORTIUM: consor-tee-um
VASE: var-s
MISCHIEVOUS: mis-chiev-ee-us
KILOMETER: kee-lom-it-ah
PATRONIZE: pat-ron-i-z, I guess the second one
COMFORTABLE:
ASSOCIATE:
ORANGE:
CARAMEL:
BONUS SPELLING QUESTION: KETCHUP
have to go but we associate ketchup with ketchup manis, Indonesian soy sauce.