I was born HOH, and was first aided when I was almost five years old. I had about ten years of speech therapy afterwards and I think we all know that no matter how many years of speech therapy you had, we often we mispronounce words. I usually say the word exactly how it’s spelled until someone corrects me. When you google “mispronounced words” you’ll find that the HOH and/or Deaf are not the only ones who do this. Almost all of us mispronounce words at some point, and it can cause some embarrassment. Now I am almost 50 years old, and I’m still being corrected on how to pronounce words. Sometimes I try to avoid words that I often mispronounce. If I cannot remember how to say chef like CHef or SHef, I would just say COOK.
Growing up in New York, I was a big baseball fan and my favorite team, the NY Mets would play the Chicago Cubs probably like 15 times a year and I would say CHicago and not SHicago Cubs and no one ever corrected me until I met my husband. Even he corrected me when I pronounced Illinois wrong. I actually learned how to correctly say many words because of my husband. I don’t know why people did not correct me before. Maybe they didn’t want to embarrass me.
Today, we are coming across many new vocabulary. I remember when Verizon first came out and I thought it was pronounced Very Zon. Or new words such as Frappe. Imagine me ordering a Frap or a Frappy. Sometimes I ask someone close to me how to pronounce it before I attempt to do it on my own. Sometimes I do try it out before learning how to say it, such as bruschetta. That did not look like a hard word to say at all. One day, I found out I was saying it wrong. Yes, my husband corrected me. Did you just look up the pronunciation of bruschetta? You know what, it doesn’t really matter to some, To-may-toes, To-mah-toes! Coming from New York, my kids are used to my Nooyawk accent, and they sometimes get hysterical when I say chocolate or sausage.
Now accents are a different story, I’ll save that for another blog. How do you deal with mispronounced words? Are you embarrassed? I’m not and I’m glad when someone corrects me.