Hahahahaha, David Brooks can't say "cavil" right! To be fair, we all have words we find difficult to pronounce correctly. I, for instance, can never quite manage "antediluvian." Also "Schermerhorn." How about you?
Seriously. I always stick and extra M in Schermerhorn…and it's not like Schmermerhorn sounds better.
@Lucky Jim Shmermerhorn does.
@Lucky Jim Same. And then I try to say it as absurdly as possible. Makes for great drunk train rides.
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You should hear how the BBC pronounces "cervical." Nearly put me off gynaecology altogether.
@My Number Is My Address : And don't even get me started on "paedophile".
Anomaly. It always comes out 'anonomaly'.
Bichir. Admittedly I probably use it more than your average person.
@Mount_Prion Meaning you have used it ever?
Is it POME? POIM? Po-em?
Pome as in apple
@KenWheaton I say POIM but then I am also made fun of for this.
@MrsLlama: Poim? That's what an old-school lady from Brooklyn gets to make her hair curly.
@KenWheaton pomes penyeach
Glaciation comes out as glatheathon. I have no other lisps.
Only recently, with much practice, was I able to master "filthy."
(I wasn't even trying to be funny. No joke, I can't pronounce the man's name 'Carl'.)
(note: I'm not spelling it wrong when I pronounce it cabinent!)
I have always done the George W. Bush "nuculur" thing, to the extent that, when he became nationally prominent and people started remarking on it, I literally didn't know what they were talking about.
entrepreneur/entrepreneurial. To the point where if I have to use either word in conversation, I say "That word I can't say" and then come up with approximations until the other person says it for me.
so is it pronounced shmurmurhorn or what?
@Patrick O'Neill@twitter Sker-mer-horn. That one is easy, they say it when they announce the stops even!
"Stymie." That one always trips me up — which, like, meta.
I cannot say the worn "COIN." Somehow it comes out two syllables. Like co-ingggg.
Banal. I come to it and hover uncertainly between "buh-NAHHHL" and "BANE-al," torn between two equally ridiculous noises, forever looking down two paths in a yellow wood.
If there's no hyphen in mis-led, I'm sure I'm being mizzle'd.
As much as I hate to admit any point of similarity between myself and David Brooks… I must confess that I have absolutely no idea how to pronounce "cavil" either.
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