Talk:1816: Mispronunciation

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Epitome is an interesting one for me, since I read it phonetically (same as Randal's example), and didn't figure out that "e-pi-tō-mē" and "eppy-tome" were the same word until mid to late teens. I still have to stop myself from reading it wrong when I see it on the page... Andyd273 (talk) 15:21, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

I think there's another level beyond the obvious, especially in the title text. You're pronouncing the word 'epitome' in whatever way you always have (inside your head), he's making clear that he's not saying it the way you say it.. so how do you read the comic? The sentence only makes sense if you say it aloud, but you can't because you don't know how he's pronouncing it.Xseo (talk) 16:04, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

Rereading the title text I feel like I may have suffered some kind of brain fart when writing this comment. Woops.. Xseo (talk) 11:35, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

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Shouldn't there be a flap in epitome? -- 19:04, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

I feel like it's relevant to point out how the mispronunciation of mispronunciation is enhanced by contrasting it with mispronounce, which is the reason that most people mispronounce mispronunciation, due to the unexpected change in how the word is pronounced between the two terms. 20:02, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

I agree, someone who can write this into the explanation, someone better at English than me ;-) --Kynde (talk) 21:36, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

Epi-*Tummy*? Really? Your english-speaking people's latin is so sick. ;-) -- 22:07, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

Hmm, rather Greek than Latin, no? 17:19, 29 March 2017 (UTC)
(I mean the close relationship to, say, "epitaph" is obvious, isn't it? Shouldn't they be pronounced similarly?)

"There is, however, an argument that misspelled should always be written mispelled since if it isn't mispelled, then it isn't mispelled." I'm sorry, but someone's going to have to explain that last part to me -- 23:06, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

I think whoever wrote that was too focused on being clever and missed how to be clear. :) This displays nicely WHY Randall has all those quotes to differentiate between when he's using a word and when he's talking about it. It's been fixed now, but... Adding the missing quotes and using synonyms/explanations: "There is, however, an argument that "misspelled" should always be written "mispelled" since if it isn't [spelled incorrectly], then it isn't [being true to the meaning of the word]." - NiceGuy1 05:48, 29 March 2017 (UTC) I finally signed up! This comment is mine. (Hey, some commenter has absconded with my timestamp! LOL! Assuming it's the one after the next reply?) NiceGuy1 (talk) 04:50, 13 June 2017 (UTC)
Like most good grammar jokes, explaining it ruins it. And the English usually write mispelled as "misspelt". "Misspelled" is generally viewed as clumsy.
Confirmed :-) Gearóid (talk) 08:32, 3 April 2017 (UTC)

"Some might argue that misspelled is the one word which should always be misspelled intentionally". And others might argue that it already is. :-) Jkshapiro (talk) 12:58, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

And I guess he has trouble reading the word "dyslexia"? :-) -- 15:44, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

I also have "dailysex" --Zom-B (talk) 11:31, 13 April 2017 (UTC)