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03-03-2008, 11:02 PM
I was just watching the Food Network. A woman said she likes a certain establishment because of the homemade food but it came out, "ho-made".

I have a habbit of saying, why, when I mean while. "Your mom called why you were out". I am saying while in my head but I say why for some reason.

Another one is wheel barrows. Who hasn't called them wheel barrels, at least once? What the hell is a barrow?

Have any others?

03-03-2008, 11:06 PM
Everytime I see the word hyperbole--I automatically think or say "hyper-bowl"

03-03-2008, 11:33 PM
One that gets on my nerves is when people say mischievous "mischievious. Why do people have to add that extra syllable? How about could of instead of could have?

Red in Chicago
03-03-2008, 11:52 PM
I hate that I often say "probly" instead of "probably". I also say "yous" when asking two or more people at a time how they're doing or where they're going. How yous doin'? Where yous goin'? So goomba.

03-04-2008, 12:04 AM
My mother has a habit of saying "Indin" instead of Indian.

Caveat Emperor
03-04-2008, 12:39 AM
My personal favorite mispronounced word: "Subpoena."

I'll get at least 1 phone message per day where someone is calling to ask why they got a "Suh-pee-nee" in the mail. Usually that narrows down what part of the county a person is calling from.

03-04-2008, 06:43 AM
Why do americans call Herbs "Erbs"?

Ax instead of Ask drives me crazy.

I used to say "ain't", as a harder version of "isn't". I can't do it anymore, my daughter has become the "grammar police" and won't let me.

03-04-2008, 07:47 AM
I also say kitty-corner. In Cincinnati, people say katty corner.

While I say ask correctly, I have trouble with those darn exkimos (eskimos) that like to eat exparagus. :)

I caught snapping turtles in the "crick" as a child.

Roy Tucker
03-04-2008, 07:56 AM
Something my kids say is "I'm just saying".

It's used when they have said something controversial and then catch some grief for it. "I'm just saying" seems designed to deflect some of that crap they get. Usually I respond with "you're saying what?".

03-04-2008, 08:54 AM

barrow (1) "vehicle for carrying a load," c.1300, barewe, probably from an unrecorded O.E. *bearwe "basket, barrow," from beran "to bear, to carry."

Roy Tucker
03-04-2008, 10:02 AM
I also say kitty-corner. In Cincinnati, people say katty corner.

I say catty-corner.

[Q] From Ian McAloon in the UK; Patricia P Miller asked a related question: “I have heard an American friend of mine use the phrase kitty corner to describe things that are diagonally opposed, as for example: ‘The drugstore is kitty corner to the ice-cream parlor’. Have you heard this phrase before and do you have any clue as to its origin?”

[A] It’s certainly a very odd-looking phrase. It has lots of variant forms, such as catercorner, kitty-cornered, cata-cornered, and cater-cornered, a sure sign that it puzzles users.

The first part comes from the French word quatre, four. It’s actually quite an old expression that first appeared in English as the name for the four in dice, soon Anglicised to cater. The standard placement of the four dots at the corners of a square almost certainly introduced the idea of diagonals. From this came a verb cater, to place something diagonally opposite another or to move diagonally, which can be found in the sixteenth century. Some English dialects had it as an adverb in compounds such as caterways or caterwise. By the early years of the nineteenth century it was beginning to be recorded in the USA in the compound form of cater-cornered. It had by then lost any link with the French word; people invented spellings in attempts to make sense of it, often thinking it had something to do with cats, which is why we have forms like kitty-corner.

That wonderful word catawampus is often used in the central and southern parts of the USA to mean the same thing, though it can also refer to something that’s askew, crooked, out of shape, or out of joint. The first part of it comes from the same source, though the second half is mysterious. It has been suggested its source is the Scots dialect verb wampish, to brandish, flourish or wave about. However, catawampus can also refer to something ferocious, impressive or remarkable. It may be this is an entirely separate sense, deriving from catamount for the mountain lion or cougar.

03-04-2008, 12:26 PM
Always rubs me wrong when I hear somebody saying Cincinnatah. Where the heck is that? Somehwere in Missourah?

03-04-2008, 12:50 PM
I say "crick" instead of "creek."

I also use the phrase "get left" as in "I didn't get left until about noon so I will be a little late."

We also use the word "cattywumpus" as in "the barn is cattywumpus from the house."

Yes, I come from a small country town in Ohio. :)

03-04-2008, 12:59 PM
I say "crick" instead of "creek."

I know LOTS of people who use "crick" instead of "creek". Most live in rural Indiana but I do know a few here in Colorado that say it as well.

03-04-2008, 01:22 PM
I know LOTS of people who use "crick" instead of "creek". Most live in rural Indiana but I do know a few here in Colorado that say it as well.

According to my girlfriend, I am the only person on the planet who says it because she makes fun of me every time. :)

03-04-2008, 01:27 PM
There is a village here in Maine called Otter Creek. Locally everyone refers to it as "the Crick".

The "O.C" is catching on though.

03-04-2008, 06:25 PM
In Northern Indiana, people tend to say "warsh" instead of wash.

03-04-2008, 08:03 PM
In Northern Indiana, people tend to say "warsh" instead of wash.

My aunt grew up in the midwest (South Dakota, etc) and always pronounces Washington "Warshington"

Here's another one: irregardless