Have you ever had a thought in your mind that you knew to be a truth, but later found out you were totally wrong? This happens to me a lot! Most of the time it’s words that I read in books but I’m not sure how to pronounce them. I make it up in my mind for reading purposes, but sometime in the future I’ll hear someone say the word and realize I was a bit off.
Lately Andy and I have each had a word that we pronounced incorrectly. Andy’s was Quarry – like a rock quarry. [kwawr-ee, kwor-ee]. He was saying it kind of like query – [kwair-ee]. Of course I had to make fun of him!
This weekend we were in Home Depot looking at tile and comparing clear glass tiles to opaque ones. I started making fun of Andy’s saying opaque [oh-peyk]. After some back and forth and checking a dictionary later, I conceeded that it’s not spelled opague and prounounced [oh-peyg]. Oops! I’ve been spelling and saying it like that all my life.
In college I realized I said the word lapel [luh-pel] incorrectly. I always pronounced it [ley-puhl], rhyming with maple. Luckily I never used that word much.
One other think I can’t wrap my mind around is the orientation of countries in the Middle East. Iran and Iraq are switched for me. I know where they should be according to the map, but my mind reverts to its own wrarped image. I thought I was 100% right that Iraq was next to Afganistan and Pakistan.
P.S. I’m not the best speller and I can’t find a spellcheck here on Blogger. You will have to live with my mistakes!