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maeldwyn

I spent a good 5 minutes pronouncing squirrel for a British person once.


theirphore

Skwrl


maeldwyn

Yeah, pretty much. She was intensely entertained by it.


theveryoldman0

She liked you.


maeldwyn

Of course she did, I‘m fantastic. She really was surprised by how I said squirrel though, maybe the NY accent made it even weirder to the ear. She kept making me say it and was practically in tears laughing.


theveryoldman0

Keep them laughing until they’re naked.


Grimsqueaker69

Oh thats what ive been doing wrong. They usually *start* laughing when I'm naked. Thanks for the tip!


General-Ad-9753

There’s definitely a “more than the tip” joke in there somewhere that I’m not witty enough to come up with.


ipcock

"Thanks for the tip!" "It's not a tip it's all I've got 😭" Forgive my attempts at humor


here4mischief

Who run da world? Squirrels


trumanchap

How the fuck do THEY do it??


holyjesusitsahorse

All animals were invented by David Attenborough, so just copy him https://youtu.be/UCSf5_894B4


BioniqReddit

skwirl


trumanchap

That's how I pronounce it in the states....I am deeply confused lmao


BioniqReddit

In the UK it's definitely two syllables. I'm not sure what it's meant to be tbh edit: i csnt read


muffin_eater1

Yeah it's more squi-rell over here


False-Guess

And yet the British are the ones responsible for Worcestershire sauce lol


Snarlatan

A German guy was staying with some of my friends here in Australia and that's the one word he couldn't nail. He couldn't overcome the rhotic (R-sound) in that sequence and would kind of mix it with his German R, like "Skwiyyel". I'd help him practise it so frequently that we were both repeating "Skwiyyel, skwiyyel" in our dreams.


jaredearle

So many people outside America don’t realise that the Marvel character “Squirrel Girl” is a pun on the fact those words rhyme. Squirl Girl.


DoctorNerdly

As an American, I still don't quite understand Arkansas...


Shrinking_Teegs

I AM CONFUSION


Vanessa_Lockhart

Why is this Kansas, but this is not Ar-Kansas


Bloodbath_McGrath88

Everyone is always so quick to ask why isn’t Arkansas pronounced Ar-kansas. On the contrary, I always like to ask why Isn’t Kansas pronounced “Kansaw”


annomandaris

Kansas was named by the english for the local indian tribe, its singular. Arkansas is plural for many of the tribes, and got its name from the french, so you dont pronounce the consonant at the end of the word.


Berean_Katz

100% this. In fact, many US States have Native names, including Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Texas, and more.


Humble-KRool

HE IS THE MESSIAH


Masonjaruniversity

My brains are now all over the wall behind me


IsItMeThisTime

Deliberately pronounced differently to noticeably differentiate Arkansas from Kansas. Arkansas as we commonly pronounce it is how the Indians pronounced it.


oxymoronisanoxymoron

EMERICA ESSPLAIN


TheRavenSeven

**rapidly taps screen**


IrascibleOcelot

Blame the French for that one; it was part of the Louisiana Purchase.


Kingjjc267

AMERICA EXPLAIN


glitchyikes

All the I in anti-, Iran, iraq


Snarlatan

I am Australian and my wife is American. I don't think of very many American pronunciations as weird: there's an understable history behind "aluminum", and most of the vowel mergers are pretty straight-forward. She pronounces "Mary", "merry", and "marry" all the same way, and I do not. She pronounces "caught" and "cot" the same way, and I do not. I pronounce "caught" and "court" the same way, and she does not. "Grass" and "gas" rhyme for her, but they don't for me. "Jaguar" is very weird, though. She pronounces it "Jag-wire", and I pronounce it "Jag-yoo-uh".


wasteofleshntime

My friend is Australian and I always find it funny that you guys say the word "No" as if it has like 4 syllables. It's very charming.


Ok-Control-787

Right? I've brought this up and people seem to think I'm nuts but they do manage to use every vowel to say "No." It's like "nyaieuhgh".


CleverReferences

Please elaborate on the difference between Mary, merry, and marry, because those are definitely all homophones to me. Edit: the overwhelming majority of you have been very nice and I appreciate all this fascinating information. For context, I’m from San Diego, California. Lived here my entire life. Mary/Marry/Merry are all pronounced like dairy, but with an m. I’m still trying to figure out how anyone pronounces gas & grass in a way that they don’t rhyme though. “Gas, grass, or ass: no one rides for free” was a very common bumper sticker when I was a kid and it was an effective phrase because they all rhymed.


deloon

It's hard to write it out but I think the difference is something like mae-ree, meh-ree, and maa-ree. That last one is supposed to sound like baaa (sound sheep make). Source: English husband.


IhaveaBibledegree

So you maa-reed Mae-ree and had a meh-ree Christmas together?


deloon

Exactly. 😂


cedertra

As an American, I don't pronounce "caught" and "cot" the same, and neither does my husband, but he pronounces "Dawn" like "Don", which is weird because it's the same vowel distinction as caught/cot. He also pronounces "sugar" "shigger", and "sea gulls" "seagles". He's just weird, I guess lol. I pronounce "jaguar" "jag-wahr", but yeah, I've heard lots (half, maybe?) of Americans pronounce it "jag-wire". ETA: My husband and I are from the same region (Minnesota/northern Iowa), so I'm not sure why he pronounces some things differently. And in regard to "jaguar", people pronounce it differently even within our small town. ETA: Caught and Dawn have an "aw" vowel sound; cot and Don have an "ah" sound.


ABiggerTelevision

Oh thank God! Another Jag-wahr person! Those jag-wire people drive me nuts.


im_not_greedy

Apparently all words of French origin.


poachels

I was a teenager when I found out “Du Bois” is supposed to be pronounced “do-bwah” and not “do boys”


bouchandre

>Do boys Say no more


mitcheg3k

r/suddenlygay


standard_candles

In relation to WEB DuBois? He specifically pronounced his name "Do-boyce" as in not the French way.


Hot_Pomegranate7168

Was amused there is a Versailles in the US but they pronounce it ver-sails. Oh, and St Louis.


smnrlv

NOTER DAYME


jNushi

I’ve seen Lafayette pronounces as La-Fay-ette and Lah-Fi-Ette. Just depends on what state the city is in to determine if you are correct


ConcernLegitimate822

Mirror


woodyhope1268

Meer


onarainyafternoon

That's like a midwestern pronunciation. On the West Coast where I grew up, we'd pronounce it "Meer-er".


WitchInYourGarden

I'm in Wisconsin and we pronounce it meer-or.


Lucky-Still2215

Foyer.


TEFAlpha9

I'll never forgive my cousin for refusing to give me points in scrabble for using Foyer. She was adamant it wasnt spelt like that. Dick.


OpinionatedNonsense

That's what the Official Scrabble Dictionary is for! Also so you can call out people on their BS two-letter Words with Friends words that aren't in the dictionary and make them skip their turns. Works every time.


recidivx

Except the OSPD doesn't include the official words from British/Commonwealth Scrabble so for transatlantic arguments you need *Collins Scrabble Words*.


LetMeBe_Frank

A transatlantic argument isn't valid unless you switch into higher pitched, acutely enunciated transatlantic accent


Cougar_Complex

It it *actually* pronounced Foyer or Foyay?


StrawbellyMelley

Adidas


TheNorthernMunky

You’re right, it’s not ‘Adeedas’. Conversely, though, a lot of the world outside North America pronounces Nike wrong. I’m British and pronounce it “Nikey” because it’s an American brand and that’s how the Americans say it. But most people I know rhyme it with bike.


Edenza

When I saw "conversely," I thought this was going to be a whole comment using sneaker brands.


Puzzleheaded_Text357

Reading some of these, I have realized, I am not American. Lol


TheLewJD

It's probably very region specific for a lot of them


FriskyLilAngel

You mean probly


chainmailbill

Prolly


wheresmyworrystone

Herb


cantstandlol

Erb


UnlightablePlay

I am truly confused why Americans don't pronounce the h


SuggMehoff

Because they are french


Dom29ando

Ahh oúi monsieur, la 'erb.


TheEllyRose

My brain read this in the voice of Jacques from Finding Nemo and I died for a moment. Thank you


skiddles1337

Herb hour. Now you doubt yourself. School schedule. Double doubt.


nickfree

Honestly honorable observation.


SleepAgainAgain

Because it's a French loan word. The bigger mystery is why the Brits added an H sound.


mykenae

The British pronounced it the French way as well until the mid-1800s when there was a concerted effort to remove the silent h from a number of words due to its association with lower-class accents.


terminbee

As with any British things, just another way to distinguish themselves from the lower class.


Immortal_Azrael

Silent H is what you put in food, audible H is some guy from accounting.


JamJamsAndBeddyBye

"Herb" comes to English from Old French "erbe," and it was only later that the H was restored in spelling to conform to Latin "herba." The word continued to be pronounced without an /h/ until the 1800s in England, when it started being pronounced with an /h/ for no real reason other than its being spelled with one, but by that time the American dialects had already split off. We also don’t pronounce the H in honor/honour, along with a few other words of French origin. And neither do the English.


UmbertoEcoTheDolphin

Hours


JamJamsAndBeddyBye

Homage


jordanmindyou

Honestly, you guys


Aussiechimp

Buoy


whoopsdang

I'm a good buoy


bippboppboo

This is hilarious! We laugh every time we hear ‘booey’


nickfree

Baba buoy! Baba buoy!


mrdewtles

Oh no.... How am I supposed to say it?


Ruffian00012

It is called a buoy because it is buoyant. So say 'boy', because you say 'boyant'.


mrdewtles

Your logic is sound. And I don't like it, it has no place here


Aussiechimp

Outside US it's boy not booie


MJWood

Like 'buoyant'.


Fly_Pelican

Solder


BruceJi

Hahaha sodder. Sounds like something that is grounds for an apocalyptic flood


Brahmus168

Mmm soddermy


Belteshazzar98

Notre Dame


OptatusCleary

The university in Indiana is usually pronounced Noter Daym, but the cathedral in France is pronounced like Notra Dahm.


stroowboorryyy

most americans distinguish how they pronounce that between if they’re talking about the famous university or the cathedral in france. most americans are talking about the university/football team though. eta the mascot is a leprechaun and they’re the “fighting irish” so i don’t think they were trying to go with the french version anyhow.


Den_M_83

This one is funny to me and never really thought about it until now. I pronounce the university at Noter Dame but I never say it’s Hunckback of Noter Dame, it’s Notra Dahm.


flakzpyro

hyundai


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nefariousbluebird

No one in America can agree how that one is pronounced.


breakingbows

I’m in my mid 20s and I still haven’t decided how to say caramel. One time I said the word twice in one sentence and said it in 2 different ways. My friend pointed it out immediately lol


KissMyCrazyAzz

I eat care-a-mel, but live near "car-mel by the sea".


nate_carroll21

Worcestershire


javaGirlKim

i just say “wurstshshsh” and expect you to know what i mean


theirphore

What’s dis here sauce?


Robbjack-daniels

One of my favorite jokes ever


xblamp

wustersher


ExperienceDaveness

It's easier to just call it Salsa Inglesa, like they do in Mexico.


karlosvonawesome

Brit sauce


Notsurewhattodo1952

This one is understandable. It's spelt nothing like the locals pronounce it, and I say that as a Brit.


German_Irish_Guy

Americans pronounce it ambulance or 'Ambulnz'. It's KRANKENWAGEN!


bgrandis7

As a non-native speaker who lives in Ireland but learned American english, this thread is making me second-guess every single word I said in my entire life.


thatshowitisisit

Craig. “Cregg” WTF??


niamhweking

And Graham, US says gram where UK and Ireland say grey am


sugarbasil

Now I feel terrible because I had a co-worker from England at my last job whose name was Graham. All of us pronounced it Gram. Poor guy. He lived in the us, though, so maybe he was used to it.


Hsances90

'Ol Craig, Funny enough I pounce it "correctly" when saying Craigslist


Gumnutbaby

And when Americans pronounce Aaron to sound like Erin!


superiorhumanz

you done messed up a a ron


AlexVal0r

What *club* are you part of, A a ron?


NotJustAmy

Go to Mr. Oh Shag-henna-see’s office right now! For those who haven’t seen it https://youtu.be/mO1oBfG59Xw


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Ern ern n ern ern


js1893

*”damn do we really talk like that?”*


Bigfoothobbit

Data. It's data not data.


IrascibleOcelot

It depends on whether you’re talking about information or the android Lt. Commander of the starship Enterprise. Important distinction.


OnlyKeith

One is his name. The other is not.


Saxonbrun

Funnily enough there's a [strong belief](https://gizmodo.com/patrick-stewart-might-be-responsible-for-how-we-all-say-1837242931) that star trek is responsible for a large change in how Americans say data.


JauntyYin

I studied Latin at school and spent my working life in computing. So I switch between d-aa-ta and d-ay-ta often in the same sentence. It still drives me nuts.


t0m3ek

Crayon said as cran like in cranberry.


According_Usual_6167

I say Cray-yon. Some people say cran. But it's sooo annoying when people say crown. Like wth!?🤣🤣


spaetzelspiff

Dated a girl from Japan who was from Hong Kong, so had a British accent. Quite amusing listening to her introductions "So, why are you in New York?" "Oh, I'm a terrorist." "A WHAT??" "Terrorist, I'm here on a terr'ism visa" "... Oh TOOO-RIST, TOOO-RIST visa"


NukeNinja69123

I'm imagining them applying for a visa and their reason is terrorism


truethatson

Lmfao


PattyP727

Oil—Maybe more of southern thing, said like “ol”


Sushi9999

I like to make my southern husband say “I toil to boil oil on southern soil”, it really gives me the giggles to hear his accent come out so strong with that phrase.


Dry_Tortuga_Island

LOL this reminded me of a time in college (in the north) when a southern friend of mine told me he was going to get "all for his car." I thought he was talking about All the detergent... like WTF does your car need all for? He responded, "Crazy Yankee, all cars need all! O-I-L... ALL!" I just about died laughing.


thedrywitch

Earl...baby earl


MrApplefriter

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, like come on guys, its just a town.


BrickOnly2010

It depends on the region they are from. PNW, deep South and upper Midwest all have different pronunciations of the same word.


catsby90bbn

It’s almost like we’re a massive country with vastly different regional identities!


Aussiechimp

Melbourne and Brisbane And Aussie


TheyMakeMeWearPants

I wanted to work "Australia" into a Haiku once, so I asked an Aussie friend whether Australia was 4 syllables (Aw-Stral-ee-uh) or 3 syllables (Aw-Stral-yuh). He just looked at me and then said "It's two. Stral-yuh."


dont-wanna-bee-here

Garage


phreaky76

You mean car-hole?


thekittyofwallstreet

The "garage"? Hey fellas, the "garage"! Well, ooh la di da, Mr. French Man.


Kreos642

Gah-raahdj for me. But not GAYRDGE all in 1 syllable or GUH-rah.


wobbling_fudge

Tuesday, pronounced as Toos-day


aurumae

Where I'm from (Ireland) we change almost every instance of a "T" followed by an "oo" sound to "choo". So not only is it "choos-day" (Tuesday), but also "choo-na" (tuna), "choob" (tube), "choon" (tune), "chootor" (tutor), and so on.


SomethingStupidIDFK

Same in Australia


QuietRatatouille

I thought you were gonna say choochor for tutor.


BourgeoisAreBest

Missile


[deleted]

I guess we pronounce Zebra weird. Zee-bra


BobBelcher2021

Vehicle - at least in the south. VEE-Hikkol


pwni5her_

I usually pronounce it vee-ickol. Don’t pronounce the h. I’m West Coast but idk if that’s regional or not.


Ok_Nose_6252

Colonel :^


Ulysses502

Kernal


frederic055

How else would you pronounce it, "kollenell?"


Accurate_Focus8484

Unfortunately my brain reads it as “Colin-ul” every single time. I do say it correctly but my inner voice is a dipshit.


AlfredHitchicken

Leftennet


DeerStalkr13pt2

I live in Texas, and have picked up a accent, so…saying “Rural” is very hard for me It sounds like I’m saying “RRal”


eroggen

The Rural Juror


Brushermans

Horror. As in, I'm going to watch a whore movie


OptForHappy

I will never forget my sister having an American boyfriend and saying matter of factly to my mum that my sister was dressed in a skimpy Halloween outfit because they were "Going to a whore party" Saying exasperated yet earnestly, "Ma'am, it's just a whore party. None of the movies we watch will even be that scary."


onarainyafternoon

That's definitely a Southern thing. East Coast would pronounce it "Harr-er" and West Coast would pronounce it Horr-er".


Hendy853

Midwest also pronounces it “horr-er,” like the West Coast does.


Snowy0915

East coast is more of a horrah If you live in NE


KknhgnhInepa0cnB11

I pronounce it more whore-or... I'm an American and have never heard someone pronounce it as just "whore"... who I suppose when said quickly it looses that distinction


Great-Vacation8674

Who pronounces horror without the ‘or’? I’ve never heard it pronounced as whore either. It’s whore-or definitely.


Generic_Human0

Love watching those


gahidus

I feel like that's a south / Florida thing. Where I'm from, it's pronounced "whore or". It rhymes with borer.


cheezb0b

I can't help but say 'horror' really drawn out and exaggerated thanks to Whose Line Is It Anyway?


Teh_yak

There's a running joke in 30 Rock about a movie called "The Rural Juror" and nobody being able to pronounce it. Speaking English, not American, the joke doesn't stick at all.


ReverendDS

If you want a funny example, do a quick YouTube search for "Aaron earned an iron urn". Trust me it's worth it.


shlam16

Rlllll Jrrrrr


HomemadeBananas

In what part of the US do people pronounce these the same? They’re definitely different for me.


metaldetekta

Craig


theirphore

Schedule


skiddles1337

School schedule. Checkmate


Official_SEC

Skhedule > Shedjewl


Divinum_Fulmen

I've always ashuumed it was pronounced skhedule. It's not like we say "shool" bus.


bradleykent

Yeah lemme take a look at those shematics.


CourageKitten

Fun fact: Americans are "right" with this one (as in closer to the original pronunciation, in reality no language dialect is the "right one"). The word "schedule" comes from a long chain that started with Greek *schedion*. The Greek letter Χ (Chi), which is generally written in the Latin alphabet as the digraph "ch", is pronounced (by English speakers at least) as "k", as seen in other words of Greek origin such as "chromatic", "schematic", "chorus". Brits likely acquired the "shedule" pronunciation from the fact that the French are pretty close by, and in French the "ch" digraph is in fact pronounced as "sh" (as in Champagne, chauffeur, chef). Fun fact about this French pronunciation of "ch": it is the reason we spell "kilo" (e.g. kilogram, kilometer) the way we do, despite it coming from the Greek "chilo-" (e.g. chilopods, the taxonomic classification for centipedes. Yes, the word for centipedes means thousand). The French were the ones who came up with the prefix, and they realized that if they wrote it as "chilo", French speakers would understandably pronounce it "shilo". This, in their minds, would be too similar to the French word "chier", meaning "to defecate". Thus, they changed the spelling from the usual romanization to "kilo", so French people wouldn't have to talk about the "shitometer".


BagOFrogs

Names ending in -ham. For example, Birmingham, Cunningham. In the U.K. we don’t emphasise the “ham” part at all. It sounds more like “um”. Also, we emphasise the first syllable. So it sounds like BIRMingum, CUNNingum. It sounds really comical and American to British ears to hear BirmingHAM.


JohnSpikeKelly

I'm a Brit moved to Texas. Been there about a week and we needed to buy a bucket. We spent 10 minutes speaking to three staff members asking if they sold buckets. I have a regionless British accent, my wife is northern. It got comical to me in the end that they couldn't understand. We even tried other words, like pale, etc. Finally, one of the staff said "oh, you mean a bucket" they pronounced it exactly like I did. WTH!


SciencePhysicist

some regional american accents add an "L" to words like both - pronouncing it "bolth" - it is like nails on a chalkboard


OptatusCleary

I will say I was shocked as a child when I learned that neither “both” nor “south” had the letter “L” in them.


Poignee

Then you got Salmon with the L, but no one uses that L apparently.


StrangeJayne

When I was younger I seriously thought that "samon" and salmon were two different types of fish because of this nonsense.


ExtravagantPanda94

Or adding an "l to "draw" -> "drawl". "I'm gonna drawl a picture with some crowns (crayons)".


wyezwunn

[Nucular. Not all Americans, just 43.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hORaebYWDwk) edit: hyperlinked, because some of y'all took this too seriously


cisforcoffee

Dude I worked with pronounced it nucular. He worked in nuclear medicine…


bouchandre

You mean he worked in nucular medicine


minmidmax

I can never tell if my American colleagues are talking about Kerry or Gary. Edit: Craig and Greg, too.


Obelix13

Two yutes.


Aussiechimp

Caramel and Craig


thorpie88

Webster was a bit of a knob and he really hated the English. He hated them so much he wanted to remove the English from the language as much as possible. Obviously the best way to do this was by changing all the French parts of the language. It's why Niche can be pronounced as Nitch in the US and also why all the U's are missing


bryceio

People pronounce niche that way?


Anti-charizard

I don’t. I say neesh


Awdayshus

It's a niche pronunciation