French in America is a whole other can of worms. Personally I giggle every time I drive through DuBois, PA (aka DuBoys) or Calais ME (aka Callous). Though for some reason hearing foyer pronounced foy-er rather than foy-ay drives me nuts.
And with respect to words that I prefer to the actual word, I'm going to have to go with snuck over sneaked. Sneaked feels and sounds forced to me - snuck just seems more natural. I comfort myself with the fact that language is a living thing and snuck will become a legitimate part of the lexicon eventually. Though "nucular" never will. Just wrong.
Oh my gosh, I used to just cringe every time Dubya would say "nucular." I have a cousin who is extremely intelligent and well read but for some reason he cannot pronounce the word "remember" correctly. He switches the first m with an n and says "reNember." It sounds very jarring.
Now, in defense of people mispronouncing "quinoa" by saying "kin-no-uh": In Spanish if you took each syllable apart it would be pronounced as key no ah but the o and the a form a diphthong giving it the "wah" sound and the n combines with the qui to give it the "keen" sound. So, I guess I am more inclined to give most folks some slack.
inthegarden - I did not see that. I bet it was funny though!
Rattus - A long-ish time ago, I attended the University of Kentucky for a while. My first week there, I was trying to find my way around and in an attempt to get somewhere I was asking various people how I could get to Versailles Road. Everyone looked at me like I had 2 heads. I couldn't figure out why this was so hard because according to my maps, it was a major road. Well, eventually this girl looks at my map and says in her twangy accent "Oh! You mean - ver-SAILS road?!?" Silly me. I still chuckle over that to this day. So yes, you would think I would have lower expectations where French words are concerned. :P
Along that same line... anyone else grow up hearing "boo-coos" used to describe a large amount? :riiight
A boss of mine used to say "poo-coo"...I kid you not!!! Idiot.
People like him always make my jaw drop down, and I looked at him out of the corner of my eye.
And I hate it when people repeat the exact same thing 3-4 times in a row!! :wallbang So far, I've found it to be with my friends from Tennessee. Me: "OK, already!!! I heard you the first time!!!" And then they are likely to say it again!!!
Hmm, just looked it up in my dictionary I got for graduation in 1986 and it also lists 'fort' as the acceptable pronunciation. I can say I'd never heard it pronounced that way until that audio book. At least where I grew up in NE Ohio it was always pronounced 'fort-e'.
I will cop to learning only recently the correct way to say quinoa, though I've been eating it for a while. And where I live now, everyone says guy-ros, but I heartily concur with your other comment - it's crap. I generally call it mystery meat. *shudder*
I definitely wouldn't say gyros are crap. A lot depends on what is put on them. My favorite Greek place in town has gyros with diced tomato, onion, and feta cheese that are out of this world. All the other places in town are pretty dull because they just have lettuce or meat alone. Miami Subs had the worst gyros I ever ate. I didn't taste any tzatziki sauce on them (they either didn't use or used way too little) so they were extremely dry and they used Romaine lettuce instead of iceberg, which I don't like because it has a rougher texture and bitter taste. Now those gyros WERE crap!!
I don't like lamb one little bit, so I will live my life without trying the gyros!
Regarding pronunciation, I guess what is "correct" is whatever the region uses, like it or not. :shrug
President or Mrs. Obama or a reporter commented on how kids seem to love quinoa! They had a Kids State Dinner and a cooking contest, and I think the winner used quinoa. I've never had it; guess I'd better expand my horizons! The little monsters are running rings around me! :lol