In the South, we have words...phrases that confuse, bewilder and infuriate English teachers. By the time our children start Kindergarten, they have heard these words countless times and have stored them in their vocabulary. It truly is the first time they have ever considered that the word they have used since they were two is incorrect...
chest of drawers
Chester may keep his drawers in a chest of drawers but this phrase contains three words, all of which must be pronounced.
It's not just kids or Southerners who mispronounce the most common words, adults are guilty too.
If you say one of the following, you probably mispronounce all three!
But it sounds right the wrong way... It's February, Febuary is wrong!
This is is really common these days...irregardless should be regardless.
Really Bad English... these are the ones that make the teachers cringe in horror!
idn't for isn't
bidness for business
wadn't for wasn't
aks for ask
Klu Klux Klan should be Ku Klux Klan. Now, there's an L in the other two, why not the first? Well, that is just the way it is.. don't expect this group to be rational!
Lots of people call it mannaise, but don't forget "mayo" is the shortened version of mayonnaise!
A whole nother mess is the word other.
When we go to the drug store we need to ask for a prescription, not a perscription.
You're probly, prolly, probably getting tired of this English lesson right about now,so I'll just end with these words of advice...
If things are not going your way, do not lose your tact (that would be tactless), but take a different tack.
oh, and tump over means to overturn...
"You're about to tump that thing over."
or to fall over...
"Is that wheelbarrow going to tump over?"