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I was typing up an email for work and when that red squiggly line popped up under imput I was confused. I was even more confused when the only suggestion was input.

Huh?

Wait, I’ve been saying that word wrong? My entire life? Twenty-five years of mispronunciation and nobody said anything?! Rude.

Granted, N and M* sounds are kind of hard to distinguish. And I obviously do not write it down often. But hmph, I felt pretty dumb for not knowing that all this time. Especially since I get so annoyed when people pronounce certain words incorrectly or make common grammar mistakes.

Five things people say that make me twitch:

1. Exspresso. It’s ESpresso people. Not Expresso. Yes, it’s a tiny little bit of coffee that’s fast to drink but that is where the similarity to it and the word express ends.

2. Irregardless**. That is redundant. And not really a word.

3. Busted. My mom always used to tell me that it isn’t a word. I think she may have been wrong about that. Or at least I’m pretty sure it is a word now but still, to me it sounds ignorant. It’s broken, not busted please.

4.  Good (In response to how are you?). Nope, you’re well. You can have a good day. You can do a good job. But unless you are referring to the content of you’re character, AKA I’m a good person, you are well or fine or excellent or okay or crappy. Just not good.

5. Illinois. It is pronounced Ill-i-noy. There is no z sound at the end. If you say Ill-i-noyz I might slap you.

Despite my snark I’m obviously not above mispronouncing the occasional word or two. And because karma is a bitch I’m sure this post is rife with spelling and grammar mistakes. Feel free to point them out. Clearly I could use some im, er, input.

*my little sister used to pronounce M&M’s like that (en an emz). And now I want some…

** You know what else makes me twitch? The fact that there is no red line under this word. Have we sunk that low English language? Really? ::sigh::

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8 Comments

  1. You came up with some good ones, a while back I went off on a twitter rampage about state names. There are some words people seem to prefer to say wrong no matter how many times they are corrected.

    On another note, I'm so happy to see you blogging! 🙂

    • Oooh I think I missed that rant. What other states do people say wrong?

      And about blogging? I'm glad to be back too. It took me a little while but I finally missed it.

  2. wifeychronicles

    Ah Joe used to say EXpresso and I was like WTF Joe NO. It is espresso. Drove me freaking crazy!

    • Yeah, working in a coffee shop you can imagine how often I hear it. And I can't even correct them because they're customers. Grrr

  3. enamoredbyone

    Oh my goodness… I think I just realized the imput/input dilemma recently myself. I think I've said it so fast that I never realized WHAT I was saying.

    I also just realized that dilemma is spelled with two 'm's… and not "dilemna." I don't know why, but I thought it was spelled with an 'm' and an 'n'.

    Anywho… It also grinds my gears when people say 'expresso,' 'irregardless,' and 'illinoize'… aaah!!! I was born in Illinois, so that's probably my unfavorite. <<–which is also NOT a word 😉

    We're in the same boat, love… and I love it! 😀

  4. springraine

    I don't think if someone said imput I would even notice! Expresso drives me nuts too!

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