Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bad Language Part Two

It's nice to see a bit of response to my last post, I'd begun to wonder if anyone was still reading my contributions to the blogosphere.

There's a few more words to add to my Bad Language list.

Thanks Pop for reminding me about good old
12. "vunerable", a venerable contribution to the list for sure. Where the "L" does the "L" disappear to? (There is a private joke between my dad and I dating back over twenty years on the subject of the word vulnerable).

I remembered the next day a couple that are regularly heard, on radio and TV and in the real world:

13. Simily and its brethren, Particuly and Reguly. People plain refuse to use the "lar" that should come before the "ly". I admit it can make the words a little more clumsy to pronounce, but the absence of the "lar" "lar" "lar"s turns the words into non-words. I regularly hear particularly said wrongly, and similarly similarly is abused as well.

14. There is a whole raft of words ending in "er" which are almost universally mispronounced in Australia. Ponda, Rememba, Gardna, Amba, Mista, Wonda etc etc, the list goes on and on. I'm not claiming immunity on this one, I hear myself do it all the time. Perhaps if Australia had been spelt Australier it might have been a better influence on our speech?

15. Noi. One that I never used to notice until pointed out to me by an American friend and that is now reaching epidemic proportions is Noi, the nasally negative which ought to be pronounced "no". Kiwis are often made fun of for their funny way of pronouncing "i" words, fush n chups being the common cannon fodder, but Aussies are just as guilty of butchering their "iii"s, replacing them with "oi"s. It is more an issue of accent and dialect than ignorance or laziness in this particular case I think but "Oi've lost count of the toimes oi've heard footy commentators descoibing a player as loining up for a shot at goal."

16. Medcine. This one surprises me and I often think I detect an English influence in the mispronunciation of "medicine", clearly a three syllabled word but often shrunk to two. James Lush on ABC radio does it all the time.

17. Enviroment. More subtle than most but many people drop the "n" that belongs between the "o" and the "m". We need to take more care of the "environment" in my view.

The list is not exhaustive or complete, feel free to keep suggesting additions via comments.

Before I finish I'll just share a classified ad in this week's local paper that caught my attention:

LOST: Dad's camera, Fuji Finepix S5700, with bag, Broadwater area. Need it ASAP before Dad finds out. Please contact Busselton police.


Peter said...

Ask I hear it often pronounced Aks... weerd eh.

Anonymous said...

goverment as well..

Anonymous said...

Aileen said...
I will be scared to talk when you are around Marcus,I am accused of this all the time,Iwill try to improve

Anonymous said...

Aileen said...
I will be scared to talk when you are around Marcus,I am accused of this all the time,Iwill try to improve

Cam said...

I much prefer the the honesty of probly, Satday and somethink to the crap (no other word fits) that gets churned out in press conferences, mission statements and letters from businesses and helping agencies that reflect the decay of meaningful language into corporate manager-speak.

"This organisation seeks to move forward and enhance our customer focus in terms of actioning strategic and flexible key performance indicators."

Was that someone talking or did a plane fly overhead?

It's a bit like how on the footy commentary running became 'leg speed', kicking goals became 'scoreboard pressue' and manning-up became 'accountability'.

So, who had the most validations by the leg in todays game?

Peter said...

it or not, you can read it.

that I cluod
aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was
rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch
at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in what oredr
the ltteers in a word are, the
olny iprmoatnt tihng is that the
first and
last ltteer
be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can
still raed it
wouthit a porbelm. This is
bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the
word as a
wlohe. Amzanig huh?