2007-07-13

 

jeesh shtyure

That is what it sounded like when the New Zealand doctor said it on CBC radio and I went What!?.

Fortunately, he repeated it a few times and I worked it was actually gesture. I consider myself pretty good at working out what people are saying in various accented English, but, man, that pronunciation was way off.

The way I say it, it sounds something like: jess chure.

Word of the day

uxorial: adj relating to or characteristic of a wife. From the Latin uxor meaning wife.

Got to love The Economist for using obscure snobbish words.

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I heard him this morning too and couldn't figure out what he was saying till the host repeated it the way we say it. Not only did he have a thick accent, I'm not sure he knew how it was pronounced.
 
hehehehe. we often heard something like that most of the time. hehehe. they don't mean to say it that way, but they can't just really say it properly. ;p
 
Will "word of the day" be a new feature on your blog, Richard? You know I would love that! :)
 
MOI: I thought his English was quite understandable - at least until that word. And he did not just say it once, but maybe six times or so, and I kept wondering how he got that particular pronunciation. It was really annoying.

tin-tin: really? It is the first time I have heard it so badly mispronounced.

breal: nope. I don't blog everyday and besides, I only intend to do it when I come across a word that I don't know and is pretty odd (like horripilation a little while back).
 
"jeesh shtyure..."
Dean Martin after a few cocktails?

A good friend always expresses her appreciation by saying "thin yew."
 
tena: He doesn't slur it, he just really, really badly pronounces it. The first E is long rather than short, then she does something horrible with the STURE part of the word. It sounds like he clamps he mouth shut, makes the SH sound, appends a T to it and then glides his tongue over the roof of his mouth from front to back (this would change the Y sound into an R).

I am sure we all have words we mispronounce. For example, I prefer to say AWE - REE instead of A – RYE for awry.

Thin yew for your input.
 
"It sounds like he clamps he mouth shut, makes the SH sound, appends a T to it and then glides his tongue over the roof of his mouth from front to back (this would change the Y sound into an R)."

I'm trying to do all that and I'm making myself slobber. But thin kew for the instructions.

Word verification: duwii =
the first sip of the second martini.
 
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