Hey! You’re saying that word wrong!

Hey! You’re saying that word wrong!

Last month when we explored bees and their role in pollination, my garden club students made fun of my pronunciation of the word almonds! I’m okay with being made fun of on occasion so this really didn’t  bother me. But, what ensued was a rather humorous five minutes of me responding with, “What?, I’m pronouncing it right!” and “How do you say almonds?” Of course, this led to twenty students all telling me how they pronounce the word at the same time. All of which sounded like what I was saying!  Finally, I gave in and just said, “Okay.  I must be saying it wrong, but it is the way I’ve always said it.” Which then led to, “You know, I’m not from here, originally.  I grew up in New York State and I’ve been told many times before that I talk funny.”  Saying that seemed to satisfy the snickering students, like I admitted to their superiority of being able to correctly pronounce almonds.

We returned to our lesson, noting that we wouldn’t have almonds if it weren’t for honeybees, which are the only insect that pollinate those particular nut trees.

Upon arriving home, I asked my husband how he said almonds and told him the story, getting a good laugh while doing so.  But, since I like to be thorough with my lessons, I also went on Merriam-Webster.com  to check the pronunciation of almond. And guess, what I found? There are 3 accepted pronunciations of the word almond! Almond, Almond, and Almond! Check it for yourself!  Almond Pronunciations.

I knew I said it right! It was just New York, right and not Mid-Western, right! Almond.

I’ve got it now. Thanks, students!

 

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6 thoughts on “Hey! You’re saying that word wrong!

  1. I love it when the students think they caught me doing something wrong. Teaches us all not to take ourselves too seriously. Besides I’m always mispronouncing words – I loved one year when I had a student who was a phonetic aficionado who was always ready to help me with pronunciation. I would stop and say “Help” and he always stepped up willingly..

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  2. The different ways of pronouncing things in different parts of the country make life interesting. I once had a teacher who was originally from New York, and she hated the way we Ohioans pronounce words with “am and “am” in them. Until she brought it to my attention (quite publicly one day), I never knew there was a difference! – ~JudyK

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  3. That’s funny! I bet they loved it. I get accused of saying “dollar” incorrectly. When I lived in New Jersey, people always wanted to know where I was from. They thought I said “milk” wrong. Now I am in Ontario, and in the middle of conversations people will say “Oh right, you’re an American.” and will then tell me what I said “wrongly” that tipped them off.

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