Tuesday, June 17, 2008

All over the place...

I hate it when people can't pronounce the word "fail" or "hail" and say "feh-el" or "heh-el" instead of "fay-el" or "hay-el." I don't know if this is a regional thing or what, but I hear it all over. It gets worse when it's in the past tense:

What did the weather do last night? It helled.
Did you pass the test? No, I felled. GAH!

But in the meantime, my bachelor buttons are budding!


I can't stand it when people say "shtreet" instead of "street." Last time I checked there was no "h" in street. A certain Democratic candidate's wife says "shtreet" and it drives me bonkers. Again, I don't think its a regional thing.

However, my socks are rockin'!


Things aren't so great in the Dr. Mad Scientist employment field. He's finally coming to the conclusion that he doesn't think research is for him. The handwriting was on the wall, that's all I can say. But I think it's better to realize this now only having squandered less than 10 years of your life instead of more doing something you don't really enjoy.

But hey, the cherry tomatoes are flowering.


I guess I can't really bitch about stuff. Starving kitties in Iraq and all.

In conclusion, I'm quite pleased with the pot garden sofar this season.


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Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Put him to work making yarn balls for the etsy shop. We all knew he was meant to support your fiber addiction and craftiness!

The pot garden looks great. I can't believe how well the socks are working out as planters. I'll be curious to see if the roots grow through the fabric.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

you have a pot garden... love the sock garden too! I hate it when people ( like my freakin mom ) say warter. WTF. Only one r in water folks. It has been raining a ton, so Grammy is justified in her whining... but I am hoping that is done, too soggy here...

9:26 PM  
Blogger Left Coast Knitter said...

You are a serious trooper.

I love your garden!

9:28 PM  
Blogger Rebel said...

shtreet? street? Hmm... I think I say it the "wrong" way. The thing that annoys me here is when people pronounce Ferry the same as Fairy. Two different words people!

Your pot garden looks great...I could seriously go for some Jersey tomatos!

9:39 PM  
Anonymous joymama said...

Your plants are doing very well. We had salad twice from our container garden last night and tonight. You got me thinking about doing it though!I didn't start seeds but starter plants from the farmer's market. All organic.

My peeve word is 'i-dee-er' for idea.
What is that one all about????

10:05 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Dont fail down those steps!

12:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Things are looking great Mme Bezzie! I dare say you sound 'happy'? (Don't shoot me!)
Summer is a happy time. I'm doing pretty darn well myself.
Your sockpots really amaze me. I thought for sure it would never work.
I am certain if DMS was able to score his grade 20, he is big-brained enough to figure out what the heck he wants out of life and his career. :-)
Magatha (for some weird reason I can't sign into my account.)

12:49 AM  
Blogger Lethe said...

On the Writer's Almanac, Garrison Keillor recently said that when Daniel Webster wrote his dictionary, with standardized pronunciations, it was in a time where accents in the US were so strong that people in different regions could not understand one another. Sort of like watching a Scottish movie in English with subtitles because the accents are so strong (e.g. Sweet Sixteen). There have been linguists who could listen to someone speak and tell where they had grown up and spent time based on things like these (e.g. Lionel Tiger, real name).

Now days, there are so few regionalisms, I find them endearing (though I do find some from certain regions annoying). Occasionally I encounter someone pronouncing "eleven" with a b instead of a v, like my grandfather from Indiana, and it makes me nostalgic. In the east, "berry" "bury" and "Barry" have distinct pronounciations, and in parts of the west they do not. You can tell an easterner by how they pronounce "Oregon" (ar-e-gone or ore-ri-gin) or "sugar" or "roof". Sometimes my father said "worsh" instead of "wash", I don't know where that came from.

I had a friend who spent some years during elementary school in Kentucky (a few decades ago). She was appalled to find, during reading lessons, that the teacher taught the class that the word "floor" had two syllables "flow-wer"

Thanks for the wheel review.

12:53 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

PS> I had a helluva time with the accents in Joisey for the two years I lived there. It was good training for when I worked as sales rep and then employee training in LA though. Can you say ESL in nine accents?

Figured it out

2:02 AM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

Okay, here is my pet peeve words. I know people who pronounce the word fight as fit...yes, fit. Gaah! I have a customer who pronounces twelve as qwelve and twenty as quenty, and no, this person doesn't have a speach impairment. Everytime I have to talk to him, it drives me batty. :)

As long as your husband can support you and your kiddo, and stay off the bottle, it doesn't matter what type of work he does. That's a shame though. The thought of spending that much time getting splinters in your butt just to not really use it....That is why I don't have a degree yet. I can never decide what I really want to be when I grow up ;)

3:53 AM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

You notice I used "is" in lieu of "are" in the starting sentence...just another pet peeve of mine when people cannot use correct grammar! LOL

3:54 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Accents in the Jersey/NY area can be sort of extreme. The pot garden looks amazing! Sorry about Dr. MS. Does he have any ideas what he does want to do?

4:33 AM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

The pot garden looks fantastic! I hope Dr. Mad Scientist finds his way quickly into something new. My husband went through this and is still working towards his new career goal.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Disco said...

It's a shame that DMS has spent all that time and money on something he doesn't want a career in. But I'm sure the education will qualify him for another highly paid career. Will his current employers help him out with a career counsellor (sp?)?

Your pot garden looks awesome. We got our first tomato this weekend - it is tiny, but there none-the-less.

Happy Wednesday :0)

6:29 AM  
Blogger Mother Necessity said...

Now I won't be able to talk to people all day because I'll be listening for pronunciations! Would Dr. MS teach? Doctorates come in handy for being a college professor.

6:37 AM  
Blogger Brena said...

I'm impressed with your pot garden. I can't even grow basil!!!! Our freaking basil is dying.

At least Dr MS gave it a try I suppose? I have a lot of friends from college who haven't even tried to do something with their degree, they just keep collecting them. One girl hasn't even GOTTEN her latest degree and has already decided that instead of becoming a forensic scientist (she got the idea from watching CSI) she now wants to be a pharmacist. But she's still going to finish up that other degree. It's weird.

I'd say about twice a year I think about changing careers, but when I look into it further I usually stay where I'm at.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Uh oh. I've been sitting here at my desk for 5 minutes saying the word street....methinks I say it shtreet.

I love listening to how Danny pronounces things...he says "carrots" and "Karen" funny to me, and I laugh at him all the time. I say both beginning with an "a" as in "at", and he says it with an "a" as in "air". I'm not quite sure where he learned that, but it's funny.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Red Dog Knits - Kristi and Otis said...

My container gardens are for crap this year - I'm jealous of yours. My peeve is when people say supposably instead of supposedly...grinds my gears.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I agree, the pot garden looks great! About Dr. MS, I know so many people who will spend 20, 30 years at a job they hate, rather than take a chance of pursuing something they really love. My dad always wanted to be a police officer, but instead ended up spending 40 years as a shipping clerk at a chemical plant. He did a good job there, and had great coworkers, but I know he always regretted not pursuing a law enforcement career.

That's funny about "felled" and "helled". I've honestly never heard anyone say it like that here in Cleveland. It must be a regional thing, like how those "New Yawkers" speak, ha, ha! Or how we Clevelanders say "pop" when referring to Pepsi, Coke, etc., but in some states (in the South?) call it "soda". Here asking for a soda will get you an ice cream soda drink.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Beverly said...

I have been teased by my family for the way I pronounce certain words. Like "white" and "whine," actually pronouncing the "wh" instead of shortening it to "w." Same goes for "often" (saying the "t") and "February" (saying the first "r"). I don't blame the region I live or grew up in, as I'm a military brat. Maybe all of my English teachers drilling into me that one must have proper pronunciation in order to speak properly.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Psghetti drives me absolutely batty. Also Italy pronounced Eyetaly. And PEE-an-ist. no! Say pi-YAN-ist. Argh.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

I just love your rockin' socks. I am so gonna (one day, cause I have a list of wanna dos a mile long) make a pair of socks and plant seeds in them!!!

I passed....I passed.

I agree you are some serious trooper material my dear. I hope he knows how lucky he is to have you at his side.

I also hope he finds something that makes him happy. My hubby hates his job and there is nothing worse for sure...good luck to him!

11:27 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I don't think street has an H in it either. There are a lot of pet peeves I have when it comes to grammar, most are written though. Like when people can't get "to" and "too" straight. That drives me insane.

11:58 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

I for one have issues with "warsh".

Man, I wish I had your green thumb! I've managed not to kill my two houseplants, which is a feat in and of itself. And of course, the weeds in the front yard are doing exceptionally well. I have a gift with those.

12:11 PM  
Blogger ZantiMissKnit said...

The pot garden looks great!!

Hopefully DMS will figure his shit out. I knew someone who went through law school, got his degree, and decided to be a bartender instead.

Do you know what's worse than people saying "i-dee-ar" for idea? When they pronounce it IDEAL!

I can't really talk, however, as I tend to not pronounce the "th" sound in "thank", having it come out as "tank you!". Perhaps it's because the Swedish word for thank you is "tak".

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Necia said...

Bezzie, are you trying to make choke? What about scrimps? Do you like yours steamed or fried? Yes, your pots look amazing. If mine even looked 1/10th like yours, I would post too, but they don't so I won't. Did you use potting soil or miracle gro?

12:53 PM  
Blogger Stickyfingers said...

Did you see the season of 'So You Think You Can Dance' where the one auditionee said it 'Skreet' - yeah, that was bizarre! If there's no H in Street, there is definitely not a K.

1:32 PM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

When we first moved to NC I hard a hard time understanding a few people. If fact, I'm still convincec that the maintenance guy at our condo didn't speak English. I had tyo look at hubby for a translation each time he say anything.

Hope the mad Dr's search for fullfilling employment goes well. I'm always envious of those that love what they do. I settled and wish I hadn't.

And thanks for the plug on that last post!

2:21 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

My husband says ash-fault. I say ass-fault. You know, the stuff we drive our cars on?


My husband took the long way to realizing he wasn't going to be doing research his whole professional life. That's okay, because I think all the experiences we have along the way help us do whatever it is we do end up doing better.

2:50 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Totally off topic, but I'm curious how many hits your blog gets from people who don't come looking for the knitting, but for the "pot" garden...hehehehehe

It looks fabulous btw! And you are indeed a trooper :)

6:21 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

My hubbies grandma was spanish and would always say," where are my choos?' And we give her a stick of gum, and she would say," NO NO my CHOOS!!!!" and we say, grandma, you have to quit chewing tobacco, it's really bad for you! and she would say, pretty worked up by now, " NO, I need my choos on my feet" and we'd say,No grandma- that would make a mess! Why don't you get your shoes on so we can go now.
What??? Like you've never done that.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Accents bother me less than misuse of certain words. Lie vs. lay--so many people get that wrong, it makes me crazy!

7:53 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

When I met my husband, I introduced myself. He asked "Is it Wendy or Wendy?" We were in a noisy bar, and at first, I thought he just didn't hear me. Then, I thought he was just fucking with me. It sounded like he was just saying the same word twice. He was saying "Windy" or "Wendy."

The irony is that when I met him, I had just completed twenty-one graduate hours toward a Master's in English with an emphasis in linguistics ;).

Your garden looks beautiful.

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, your garden looks great! DMS will find his way, it may take some time but at least he is looking and trying. Love, Mom

2:53 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Sounds like DMS has made an important discovery. Could be hale.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Starfish said...

I'm pretty sure the hail/fail thing is a New Jersey thing - philadelphians do that too sometimes.

My biggest pet peeve is "acrosst" There's no t people!

I shouldn't talk with my accent - I'm the typical NYer who drops her r's "mutha, fatha, etc"

5:23 AM  
Blogger Cindy G said...

Great garden. I hate it when people say thee-er-ter instead of theater.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

I lurve your sock flowers. They make me happy in a very visceral fashion.

11:07 PM  
Blogger Macoco said...

Ugh my mother says idear for idea and it's like nails on a chalkboard for me. That's definitely a regional one.

6:31 AM  

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