Reflections! It's Not Always Spelled As It's Pronounced!
It's Not Always Spelled As It's Pronounced!
By William L. Bulla
The misspelling of a common word may happen because of the word being mispronounced by the person writing it.
Recently a sign in a liquor store window indicated that there was a sale of "minature" bottles. When the manager of the store was told that the spelling of "minature" should have been "miniature" he was quite upset.
But this seems to happen all the time in many areas. It is a result of people spelling words as they mispronounce them.
There are many other examples that we find are being used daily. I have heard people on national TV use the word "realtor" and pronounce it as "real-uh-ter" instead of the proper pronunciation of "real-tor." You would think only two syllables would be easier to pronounce, but apparently not.
On some of the national TV channels selling jewelry, we find the people speaking about "joo-la-ree." It's "joo-ree." Again they are making things harder by turning a two-syllable word into three syllables.
Often people say "supposed to" when it should be "suppose to "and "used to" instead of "use to."
Of course we often hear about the "pitcher" on the wall when they mean "picture". The "pitcher" sits on the table to hold a liquid, perhaps orange juice. Or they speak of "lingerie" as "loun-juh-ray" instead of the correct French pronunciation of "lan-juh-ree."
On occasions we find words such as "supposedly" being spelled and pronounced as "supposably", a word that does not exist.
We see words as "probly" instead of "probably", "atheletic" instead of "athletic." "goverment" instead of "government", "histry" instead of "history", "suprise" instead of "surprise", "temperture" instead of "temperature" and many, many more.
Having observed these situations, I wondered about other mispronounced words being used today and visited the internet to find the following:
At our next election you may support your favorite "candidate" not a "cannidate."
If you must go to the pharmacy to pick up medication it is a "prescription" not a "perscription", which I hope you don't have to do too "often", but don't pronounce the "t". This word is so abused by many of the "talking heads" on television.
I recently read a person having performed the "Heimlich maneuver" on a person. I do hope his performance was better than his pronunciation, which he called "Heineken remover".
And then there are those words beginning with the letters "es".
The word "escape" is not pronounced "excape". "Especially" is not "expecially. "Espresso" is not "expresso", and another word often mispronounced is "excetera" which is spelled "et cetera."
I have heard people referring to an individuals "forte" which refers to that persons "strong point". The word is spelled "forte" but the "e" is pronounced only when speaking of music, as a "forte passage." The use of the word for strong point is pronounced "fort."
There were many more examples on the internet, but I only shared a few with you. The next time you turn on your TV, or happen to be out in public, listen carefully and you will hear many other examples.
William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.