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    I've got a professor who's gay with a Southern accent & he talks fast?????????

    Yes. his name is Richard.

    I'm pretty sure he's gay because he teaches Fred Astaire dance classes & has flabby, hairless arms. His name is Richard too, which is a name commonly given to gay people.

    But the point is, his Southern accent combines with his quick talking to create a funny pronunciation of the word "children" (in discussions of tree data structures, for example, "the children of node [x]"). It sounds like he's trying to squash it into just a few letters, so it comes out like:

    chuljr'n

    It makes me giggle.

    My grandmother used to say the word birthday as "birfday". I've never met anyone else who does that, without joking. I think she did it to make a point, like she was "letting her redneck culture out", letting herself hang out.

    People continue to say "preciate it" when I hold doors for them. It's not the sound in this case, more the culture of males who find it a great expression of their personality to leave the "a" off of appreciate while stuffing their hands into their jeans that makes me laugh, but I don't have other examples because all I can think about is my gay prof.

    What words have a person that you've heard pronounced funnily? (woof)
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    This is a second-hand one, but it still makes me laugh and I never forgot it.

    My brother was studying the famous poem Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard in high school, an eighteenth century poem. It contains a line about "the short and simple annals of the poor" - "annals" being histories, accounts, etc.

    He told me that one of his fellow students had been reading the poem aloud in class and had read this line as "the short and simple anals of the poor."

    It's actually a lovely poem, but this does tend to pop into my mind when I come across it. I actually reminded my brother of this story the other day - he'd forgotten it himself. He laughed so hard when he remembered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilkRoad View Post
    This is a second-hand one, but it still makes me laugh and I never forgot it.

    My brother was studying the famous poem Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard in high school, an eighteenth century poem. It contains a line about "the short and simple annals of the poor" - "annals" being histories, accounts, etc.

    He told me that one of his fellow students had been reading the poem aloud in class and had read this line as "the short and simple anals of the poor."

    It's actually a lovely poem, but this does tend to pop into my mind when I come across it. I actually reminded my brother of this story the other day - he'd forgotten it himself. He laughed so hard when he remembered.
    Lol, yeah that's a good phrase. They have a porn movie called that. It won an Academy Award.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FunnyDigestion View Post
    Lol, yeah that's a good phrase. They have a porn movie called that. It won an Academy Award.
    Are you serious?! I'm not sure if you're serious or joking! LOL, that kind of takes away some of the innocence of it.
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    I had a grade school teacher in Montana who always pronounced 'wolf' as 'woof'.
    Another teacher said 'coin' as 'co-en'. she was from the South.
    Another grade school teacher thought 'orange' has two syllables.
    Don't send your kids to Montana public schools. People there is not good at talking good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilkRoad View Post
    Are you serious?! I'm not sure if you're serious or joking! LOL, that kind of takes away some of the innocence of it.
    I'm only joking, but it sounds like an Academy Award kind of title doesn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FunnyDigestion View Post
    I'm only joking, but it sounds like an Academy Award kind of title doesn't it?
    Yes, and then I realised that Academy Awards aren't usually given to porn movies Haha, it does sound kind of...epic though.
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    Epic indeed
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    Not accent related, but I'll always remember the first time I pronounced butcher in public (maybe grade 2 or 3). "butt-cher" I was laughed at pretty hardcore.

    Not the first or last mispronunciation of words learned by reading, but probably the most embarrassing. Stupid irrational english language...
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    I have a music student who sincerely mispronounces "Pavarsnotti"
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    So I guess it means there is trouble until the robins come
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