Every English-speaking country has its own accent—especially on certain words. Americans surely have their own way of saying things; there’s variety even within the different states of the union. But did you know that, to those other countries, our accent is a bit of a joke? Which is maddening, actually. Because who can really claim ownership over a word? The dictionary often gives the same word multiple pronunciations…
Anyway, here is a list containing said words (no pun intended). And some of these might make you squirm.
OMFG! Do Americans really pronounce the word 'leisure' like 'lee-sure'? That's just so odd.
— Ozzy (@ozzyold) February 16, 2012
9. J.K. Rowling
I swear only Americans pronounce it J.K. 'Rolling'. Everyone I know pronounces it with the 'w' as 'Rowling'
— P (@LordLandshark) January 15, 2011
8. The “Down Under”
Only Americans pronounce it 'OSTRaaaylyaah' actually It's A-STRAY-LEE-A,! and in australia, we call them freaking prawns NOT shrimp.
— cj salvador (@cjLikes2dj) February 22, 2012
7. Big Data
Only Americans pronounce 'data' like 'datta'. Blahh. xD
— death by a thousand koots (@SquishyBobb) December 12, 2011
6. The Letter “Z”
I wonder why it seems only Americans pronounce Z as "zee" instead of "zed…"
— Amaura (@WhatTheFrost) October 20, 2010
5. Ree-Anna or Ree-ahna?
The way Americans pronounce Rihanna kills my soul 😫😫
— A (@melanatedmona98) August 8, 2018
do all Americans pronounce the name nadine as n-AY-dine instead of n-UH-dine
— jenny (@bIondeaus) January 31, 2017
All Americans pronounce Glastonbury as GlastonBERRY
— Beers, Meats & Treats (@anya_peach) June 29, 2015
2. Coffee? Um…
Do all Americans pronounce “coffee” as “kawfee”?
— Steven Knight (@steveyknight) July 24, 2012
1. Margarine or Mar-Ja-REEN?
Why do Americans pronounce margarine “marjarin” like what you guys up to?
— C (@_cmern) July 21, 2019
It’s funny how dialect is discriminatory. I mean, does it really matter how words are pronounced if they are understood? Right, England?