Thursday, February 24, 2011

Too Coo-wool for Skoo-wool

I heard someone on TV today pronounce "school" as "skoo-wool" with two syllables and of course that set my mind off on how everyone pronounces everything differently and somehow we all understand each other. I say "school" with one syllable (rhymes with "cool"). I have my own weird things. I pronounce "hanger" and "swinger" with a very hard N and G, and My Sweetie makes (ruthless!!) fun of me for it. One of the weirdest things I do is pronounce "your" and "you're" differently. I pronounce "your" like it rhymes with "yore" and I pronounce "you're" like it rhymes with "her." (I was going to say "like it rhymes with 'pure' " but then I realized that some people pronounce "pure" with two syllables like "pew-er.") I have no idea why I pronounce them differently. At least I always spell them right. Maybe that's because they are such different words to me. Yore momma told me yer going batshit crazy over there.
I have no idea why I can't say "hanger" and "swinger" like a normal person. I can't even figure out how I'm supposed to say them. At least I don't add syllables to words. What's that all about? Most Texans add extra syllables to words. They make "Hey y'all" a four syllable sentence. In North Carolina that phrase is maybe one and a half syllables. Texans even make the word "up" a two syllable word when they ask, "What's up?" That's weird. Not wee-yerd. Just weird.
So another informal poll here: How do you pronounce "school" and "pure" and "you're" and "your"? And isn't it cool that we still all understand each other?


emerrube said...

these questions always make me think because I don't usually realize how I pronounce something. So as I'm writing these I'm saying these out loud and the person in the office next to me probably thinks I'm weird (as if I wasn't weird enough already). School - one syllable. Pure - also one syllable. You're and your sound a lot a like yore. I think I'm better about this one...wolf. I got teased a lot for saying woof. I got teased for pronouncing numerical wrong...not even sure how to write that one. Didn't really pronounce the ERR in numerical. just ran it all together. frankly, I'm a lazy talker. not as bad as some people, but still too lazy. when I took French in high school the teacher always told me to enunciate. whatever. :)

haphazardlife said...

Your = yore
You're = yewre

And I love the expression batshit crazy...

- Jazz

lo said...

You are too damn silly!!!

mrwriteon said...

I pronounce school like you do, and don't differentiate much between your and you're. This reminds me of the old joke: John Smith was recently pronounced dead, except in Alabama where he was pronounced dayud.

Carole said...

I notice that I pronounce things when I'm just talking differently from when I'm reading out loud. I think I do pronounce you're & your...yer; but if I'm reading them out loud, I pronounce them your. I pronounce pecan as pu-khan, as in the "Wrath of Khan", not PEE-Can. I pronounce caramel differently depending on how I use it. A caramel apple is car-mul, but sometimes I refer to the plain candy or flavor as care-a-mel, such as it has a nice care-a-mel sauce. You can probably tell me if I have any funny pronunciations because you hear me. Not sure if we notice those things as much by ourselves?

geewits said...

~~Woof!! I don't know why that's so funny to me. It reminds me of my daughter: she pronounces "well" as "wool" when she starts a sentence with an explanation like:
Wool, I meant to get to that.

~~In the south if you were to pronounce "you're" as "yewre" people would just think you are saying "you are."

~~I know that's right.

~~Dayumm straight!

~~I taught myself years ago to say "puh-khan" because "pee-can" with a southern accent is rather unpleasant sounding. I think it's hilarious that you pronounce "caramel" two fifferent ways. I always say it with three syllables. I pronounce it like:
care uh mel
I know some people pronounce the first syllable like "car" (the automobile)

Gnightgirl said...

Your/You're--same here.

As for adding syllables, when I was but a teenie bopper, I called 4-1-1 to find a phone number of a boy I liked. The operator pronounced five "fy-ehv." The phone number had 3 fy-ehvs in it. Boy long gone, but I still remember that stupid phone number.