How to React When You Learn You've Been Doing Something Wrong for Years

2 things:

1. Thanks to everyone who posted reviews of my calendar. Thanks to you I have a 5-star rating on both sites, and am currently sold out on Amazon.

2. Yes, I do say "fourth, fiftht, sixtht, seventh." Anything else sounds ridiculous to me, and yes, it took me until now to notice I was alone in this. Makes me wonder what else everybody else is wrong about!

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Reader Comments (88)

I had to sit through two days of training where the instructor kept saying "heighth" instead of "height". By the first hour I wanted to strangle her!

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Mayson

Whatever the case, you're certainly right about the fiftht Star Trek movie. I actually paid money to see that in the theatre back in the 20th century, and haven't been able to to watch it again. (Fan dance, argh!)

The sixtht, however, was awesome.

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoy

I've never heard fiftht, but I hear people say heighth from time to time. If that sounds really bad to you, then maybe you can start to imagine what fiftht sounds like.

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllen K.

Don Quicks-oat... for the win!

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNH

Actually, if you lived in Lancaster or York PA you'd fit right in...

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

A belly laugh in every panel. Well done. Thank you for making the probability that tomorrow is Monday just a little less sucky!!! :)

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Yup, just as funny on the second and third reads. Probably the best B.I. Ever. :D

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

The last panel reminds me of my brother. He says several words wrong, like saying "Rouge" when he means "Rogue." The first couple of times were because he didn't know any better. Now he does it just to mess with me.

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

I've been called on my pronunciation of "room" quite a bit. Others have claimed I'm saying it like "rum," but it's not true. I've spent quite a bit of time comparing how I say the two words, and there's a difference. The "oo" in my "room" is softer than how most people are saying it, but it's not a full on schwa like in "rum." I think there are some other "oo" words that get this treatment, though some I pronounce "normally." Thankfully I've found I'm not alone in my pronunciation of "room," so I think it might just be regional.

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteralpha5099

Whoops. I guess I have been doing this wrong all my life...and I never knew until your comic today. Seriously.

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdbkayanda

I was going to mock you until I said "fifth" out loud and realized I say "fiftht" too! Now that I am aware of it, I will work on fixing it.

I say "sixth" like a normal person, though, so nyah.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoto13

I love that Rick gets one up on you in this comic

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBella

I've seen worse... for the better part of my life I read rendezvous as "rendevenous"... still not sure how I figured that...

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

I hold my pencils/pens between my second and third fingers rather than between my index and second fingers. I've known it was wrong since late in my elementary school years, but never did anything to correct it. I write just as well as I would otherwise, so why bother.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrake

Saying 'fiftht' aloud makes it seem like I'm saying 'fist' with a lisp.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNonsensicles

Bad as the fiftht Star Trek movie was, how can you say it was worse than the abomination that is Nemesis?

Oh well, I guess that's how you and I are different. You're wrong and I'm not.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFiremeier

Couple of my friends say Demond instead of Demon (we're rolplayers, the topic comes up more for us than standard issue civilians). I keep pointing out that it's not a verb, you cannot be Demoned, but the error is too deeply ingrained

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrother Random

> Whatever the case, you're certainly right about the fiftht Star Trek movie.
> I actually paid money to see that in the theatre"

I was lucky. Although I paid money to see it in a theater, it was a double-feature with "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."

> just as funny on the second and third reads.

Don't you mean "secondt" and "thirdt"?

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

It's not pronounced 'fiftht'? ;(

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

My dad adds "h"s to the start of many words that begin with the short "a" sound (as in "at", which he pronounces "hat"). It's more confusing than annoying, and quite strange since dropping "h"s is far more common.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEarlofthercs

I work as an IT consultant and I have two colleagues who say "firmwire" instead of "firmware". One is a sales drone and the other is a field tech. My boss and I cringe every time they say it, and they shrug and moves on, saying that the customer's problem was due to "old firmwire".


December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOedlan

I've lived in many parts of the U.S. and noticed that many mispronunciations are common regionally but sometimes also situational. For example in many parts of the northern states I have encountered those who say "warsh" instead of "wash". Not only adding an "r", but changing the vowel sound as well. But only some of those people will say "Warshington" instead of "Washington". I've also encountered the "heighth" usage. Often I've heard it where they will correctly say "height" if that is the only aspect they are referring to. But when they move past one dimension they begin referring to the "heighth and breadth". I think it's confusion with "width and breadth". Though I did once encounter someone who was always urging others to achieve new "heighths". So yeah, there's that guy.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLazlo

Dialect divides the spoken word from the written word, generally. The above is but one example of such.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen

"Actually, if you lived in Lancaster or York PA you'd fit right in... ~Marie"

Hey! I find that rather... well now that I think about it... I got nothing. ~Mike from York, PA

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter~Linux0s

I had to sit through a training where every 10th word out of the instructor's mouth was "irregardless." Like nails on a chalkboard!!!

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkeg


December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRudi

I have a drawing teacher who pronounces the word "draw" as "drawer", which in and of itself isn't so bad. But the weird thing is that she also pronounces "drawer" as "draw" which just befuddled me to no end.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrGuy

I used to have a boss who used to say "pacific" when he meant "specific". There were many times when he'd ask for a "pacific example" and I was always tempted to respond with "Hawaii".

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCrid

FYI, a fresh (expiration date 01/2013) supply of calendars is winging its way to Amazon; they should be restocked today or tomorrow. Meanwhile, it's available at

The publisher

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGladstone

My bugaboo is when people say "that is a mute point". What, I can't hear you?

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBryan

First of all, congrats to Rick on getting the W.

Second, my wife hates that I say fiftht, sixtht, and also, I say acrosst. It's to the point she want's to strangle me.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterahow628

People are mispronouncing things all over the country, Kent. Forfty percent of people know that.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternorbizness

Wow, first Mullet Boss and how Rick gets one up on you . . . priceless.

I'll agree that ST:V is the worst Star Trek movie, but only because I don't consider NEMESIS to be a Star Trek movie.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

@keg, "irregardless" of the fact that the word has no MEANING, it's still made it into the dictionary as an acceptable substitute (?!) for REGARDLESS. *stoopids!*

Most of the "mispronunciations" commented on here are, in fact, regional, annoying as they can be, but WHERE THE HELL did "nu-ku-ler" and "real-it-or" and "jew-ler-y" come from? It's like putting "eye-talian" dressing on your salad! Those make me so... argh... I just... argh!!!

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

My hetero lifemate has made a career of telling anyone and everyone that his sister says "Liberry" instead of library. Nevermind how HE pronounces composite as "comp-oh-sight" and rapier as "raw pierre" The mispronounciation doesn't bother me so much as the pot constantly making fun of the black kettle. ps: I like fiftht, may start using purposefully it from now on :)
@Firemeier I totally agree! The Fiftht Star Trek was a symphony of storytelling beauty compared to the garbage that was Nemesis!

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNemesis_was_a_crock

The proper pronunciation for Don Quixote is "Donkey Shot".

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTertium Squid

¡Beam Me Up Scottie... Meyer!
To say fiftht it’s ok… for a trekkie. ¡Han Solo f***ing rules, man!, hahaha.
(naaaaaa, just Kidding about the rivalry between the Star Trek and Star Wars fans)

heeey, may be we should have nicknames for the Rick’s fans, and the Scott’s fans, ¿what about Rickkies?

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos Castillo

Having moved from N Florida to New Jersey, I've noticed several regional mispronunciations here. They tend to say "interduced" instead of "introduced" and pronounce "New York" as "Nee Ork". Fortunately, this sort of thing doesn't bother me. They put up with the way I say "route", after all.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersnowdog

Laughed from start to finish on this one...which was pretty hard to hide from my boss. Thanks for that. I'll now probably spend the remainder of my day attempting to add that assumed t to fifth without it sounding like I'm saying "fist" with a lisp.

I pronounced jewelry as "jewlery" for years without realizing I had it wrong.

Loved this one!

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBill
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