I know I’ve touched on this before but I’m about to do it again. I’m not talking about accents here. I like accents and realise that each accent has its own nuances. I’m talking about words which are changed through lack of correct pronunciation into different words.
This started yesterday on twitter with a comment from @digitalmaverick about the word lackadaisical. Not laxadaisical – which is the incorrect version. This led to a torrent of other commonly mispronounced words from @Langwitch.
We started a list. This is what we came up with:
bowkay (bouquet, being a French word, should be pronounced boo-kay)
lonjuray (lingerie – another French one)
weary (when it should be wary)
There are sure to be more. Feel free to add your own in the comments below.