We all do it. We hear a word spoken improperly at a young age by an authority figure and it becomes engrained in us. Even into adulthood, we hear respectable, intelligent people mispronounce a word, and it sticks.
Like little contagions in the conversational ether, they strike when we least expect it, reprogramming our brains for a lifetime of mispronounced words. Nowhere is safe. Even movies, advertisements, and talking heads on TV often (more on this word later) get some of the most commonly spoken words wrong. [Read more…]