Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Video: 79 Common Mispronunciations




Well, this detours into celebrity names for quite a tangent. If you're going to count names, you could just keep going forever. Why stop at 79?

And actually, irregardless is a word. In the dictionary. Why? Because, contrary to the entire concept of this presentation, the ways people speak define the rules of the language, not the other way around. But, as he says himself: "We're going to continue being pedantic for the rest of the video."

By the way, for a quick article on why telling people they should pronounce "ask" [æsk] instead of [æks] is probably racist, see Walt Wolfram's explanation of the linguistic inferiority principle in his essay "Myth 13: Black Children are Verbally Deprived" from the book Language Myths.