Video: 10 Incorrect Pronunciations to Avoid
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Rick: Hi everybody. My name is Rick and here are the details. We are going to hold a debate under the aygis of the League of Women Voters.
Audience member: Under the what?
Rick: The aygis.
Audience: You mean aegis.
Rick: I thought it was aygis.
Audience: Misspelling aegis is one of the biggest mistakes of the ages, Rick!
Rick: Well, anyways the debate will take place…
Audience: Wait, wait. Anyways?
Rick: Yeah, anyways the debate will take place…
Audience: No, you mean anyway. Otherwise you will be referring to the many instances of stepping on a scale.
Rick: Oh, any weighs. I get it. Anyway, the debate will take place on one of the islands of the archie-pelagos.
Rick: Then what is archie-pelagoes?
Audience: I am thinking that has something to do with the bottom of your foot.
Rick: I may have falling archie-pelagoes ha ha.
Audience: Skip the bad jokes Rick. Please continue.
Rick: Okay. You should be aware that the air conditioning there is really, really efficient. Bring a coat. It’s going to be like the Ark-tic there.
Audience: Like the Arctic!
Rick: It’s spelled Ark-tic…
Audience: It’s pronounced Arctic! Ark-tick is the sound made by Noah’s clock on his big boat…
Rick: As I was saying, you may also want to bring an earmuff as an a-cessory.
Rick: Did someone step on your foot?
Audience: Accessory! When you say a-cessory I expect you to mention another cessory or more cessories.
Rick: Right… So if any of you have any questions just aks me.
Audience: You don’t want them to do that.
Rick: To do what?
Audience: Axe you, although I’m tempted to axe you myself if you keep mispronouncing ask.
Rick: Oh! Gotcha. Just ask me anything. In my notes I will leave a footnote with an asterik.
Rick: Am I still risking being axed?
Audience: The word is asterisk, not asterik. To say asterik is a disaster, Rick.
Rick: I will keep that in mind.
Audience: Apparently there’s plenty of room in there…
Rick: We are excited to feature a famous ath-a-lete at this gathering.
Rick: Yes, an ath-a-lete.
Audience: Is that a comp-a-lete fact?
Audience: Athlete has two syllables. Rep-a-eat after me: Ath
Audience: Put them together.
Audience: Well, I guess Ath-a-lete is better than none…
Rick: Sometimes I don’t understand you.
Audience: Imagine my surprise…
Rick: When you arrive the landing strip will be secured with bobbed wire.
Audience: Where did they get the wire bobbed? Is there a wire style saloon where you can get your wire bobbed?
Rick: Are you trying to make a point?
Audience: Yes, a point as sharp as those on barbed wire!
Rick: Oh! Barbed wire. Anyways…
Rick: Anyway to make things more exciting we have hidden a ca-shay full of prizes for you to find.
Rick: No, not cash. Just fun prizes.
Audience: The word is not ca-shay, but cache.
Rick: But in France they say “ca-shay”.
Audience: Then they would also say “you are a-ay dope-aye!”
Rick: I think this information session is done. I will see you on the archie-pelagoes.
Audience: We will also see us at the Betty-pelagoes and Veronica-pelagoes?
Rick: Okay, we are done here.
Audience: That’s the most accurate thing you have said today.
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