I want to take a break from my usual ramblings to do a public service blog. Today we are going to work on pronunciation. I have been hearing some words lately that really grate on my nerves. You may ask, what makes you qualified to correct our speech? To that I would say- I’m from the Midwest. If you think I don’t know what I am talking about, then just ask the evening news anchors.
Word #1. Ad-ver-TIZE-ment as opposed to Ad-VER-tis-ment. This one has been all over the place lately, and it is driving me crazy.
Word #2. CAN not Kin or Ken. You would think this would be simple. If you need to practice, K-AHHHHHH-N.
Word # 3. HER-ass-ment not HEIRESS-ment. Once again, AHHHHHHSSS. HER-AHHHHSSS-ment.
And don’t bother commenting on how I should be better about tolerating differences blah blah blah. Believe me, I am very tolerant of people who mistakenly say “Cola” or “Soda” instead of “Pop”. Sometimes though, there is just a right way to say something. And when you live in the Midwest, “kin” means all those lovely folks you see on the holidays, and “ken” is Barbie’s boyfriend.