Originally Posted by Cant Touch This
An earlier variation to theme of taking random grammatical liberties is when people starting pronouncing the T in the word often. The T is silent. At least it was silent. More ofTen than not, I hear the T. I think people who did that were trying to sounds smarter, and now it's so commonly heard that I think most people don't even know the T is supposed to be silent.
I wonder when people are going to start pronouncing the S in Illinois...?
Yes, absolutely agree about the T in often. I started hearing teachers say it in the early 80s and thought it was weird even then. Knowing someone else is bothered by this helps to sofT
en the blow.
Oh, and I HAVE heard people pronounce the S in Illinois. Yikes.