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)

You would probably be amused by the ways fellow swedes mangle english words.

I used to work at a place where the CAD system Microstation was used. Instead of "Mike-rowe-stay-shun" most people said "Myck-ro-staw-choon"

bork bork

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I'm glad when my mispronunciation of words alienates people. It quickly gets out of the way a relationship that would have failed somewhere along the line anyway....

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBasicLaugh

I used to say "for all intensive purposes" as well, just like my whole family, until I read "all intents and purposes" in a book. I also used to spell cemetery "cemetary" but I blame that on Pet Sematary.

My woman said "stragedy" instead of "strategy" for years until she met me; she still says "all the sudden" as well, but just to irritate me. Heh.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGebus

Do you know how many times I have heard people (including teachers) to tell me something was "acrost" (or "acrossed") from something else?

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon J

I used to say "verily" instead of barely. They are completely different words, of course. They're almost opposites, in fact! I just didn't realize it, thinking they were both the same word until I realized "verily" didn't make sense in the context of whatever it was I was reading at the time.

I'm positive I got it from my mom though, and she still says it. I tried correcting her a few times after I realized it was wrong, but I think she's too set in her ways to change now.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbobo

"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!"

And the rejoinder of the typical, ignorant American?

"Well, English is a changing language! Nothing is true! Everything is permitted! "He" is "they," and "neat!" is "fo shizzle!" Don't try to stop it! Evolution of language!"

My response to that?
I have no response. I have never been able to think of a reasonable response to this, because it is so erroneous and illogical.
It is like someone saying, "No, giraffes necks are actually short because of potato!"

My mind just-- blanks at the sheer lack of logic.
So-- we should allow any mistake in the English language to become pervasive -- because it can?
I am shocked into submission by this.

March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAtari

I can't think of anyone who doesn't say it jew-ler-y, so maybe it's regional.

April 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterqwerty

I had a sociology professor that liked to overuse the word analyze, which would normally not be a problem... when not pronounced ANAL-eyes.

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBryan
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