Phrases customarily mispronounced - "want to" etc.

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Some English phrases (e.g. "want to" "going to") are often not pronounced properly as distinct words by native speakers. I wonder if this explains why we see non-native speakers resorting to spellings like "wanna" and "gonna". Or perhaps non-native speakers write English in contexts ( chat rooms? ) where such spellings are customary?

Most of time, I will pronounce "want to" as "wantah". The word "to" also gets pronounced as "tah" or "tuh" in such phrases as "to do", "to see".

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Where I live many of us watched a show called Trailer Park Boys, and we have adopted many of the 'Rickyisms' that have come from that show. For example,

Worst case scenario is "Worst case Ontario".
I told you so is "I toadaso".
Its not rocket science is "It's not rocket appliances".
Raccoons are "Rakens".
Caterpillars are "Canterpillars".

There are many more, and they are very silly and stupid, but it's funny to us.

I told you so is "I toadaso".
Which reminds me of how often "you" is pronounced (in USA dialects) as "yah" as in "I told-yah"

One of my favorites, a co-worker used to say about another,
"don' lissen to Bobby, haze ignernt"

DaveC426913
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Some English phrases (e.g. "want to" "going to") are often not pronounced properly as distinct words by native speakers. I wonder if this explains why we see non-native speakers resorting to spellings like "wanna" and "gonna". Or perhaps non-native speakers write English in contexts ( chat rooms? ) where such spellings are customary?
Easiest way to spot a non-Torontonian is that he pronounces it Toronto.

Its not rocket science is "It's not rocket appliances".
A common malaphor here is "It's not rocket surgery."

pinball1970 and Klystron
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After moving from the Bay Area (Silicon Valley) back to Nevada, I put together several tech groups to build and operate data centers. A favorite term among the teams, used in conversation and presentations: moot.

"That plan's moot since we got the new servers."
"The racks provide direct current rendering the built in power supplies moot."

Most members used the term correctly. What set my teeth on edge: they all pronounced moot as mute; i.e., 'myoot'.

Evo, hutchphd and symbolipoint
Most members used the term correctly. What set my teeth on edge: they all pronounced moot as mute; i.e., 'myoot'.
Some people and dialects add extra syllables. Such as "pea-yew-knee" instead of "puny" (pew-knee). Some drop final "t's" such as "twennie" instead of "twenty".

But, technically, the topic concerns multi-word phrases.

Klystron
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Which reminds me of how often "you" is pronounced (in USA dialects) as "yah" as in "I told-yah"

Eh, yeah. . . I see that alot . .

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symbolipoint
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Mispronounciation, very obviously is because either for ease of saying, or contributed by accents. Nice observations!

Klystron
Every morning, I go to the drive-thru for a coffee and a cruller. And, every morning, I say "cruhler", and the attendant - it doesn't matter which one, and it doesn't matter which location - corrects me, saying "crooler".

I just checked an online "pronunciation guide" and apparently it's either "cruhler"(yay team), or "crowler" (no idea).

Some English phrases (e.g. "want to" "going to") are often not pronounced properly as distinct words by native speakers. I wonder if this explains why we see non-native speakers resorting to spellings like "wanna" and "gonna". Or perhaps non-native speakers write English in contexts ( chat rooms? ) where such spellings are customary?
In casual context, I almost always type "wanna", "gonna", "toldja", etc. ... which is how I pronounce them. Except, when the audience is specifically a non-English speaker : what's the point of facilitating confusion ?

English is my first language : I get to play with it as I want.

You will, however, *never* see me screw up "brakes", "lose", "you're", etc. (hopefully... knock on silicon) : those people should be shot.

Tom.G
Augh, much of it is just Entropy grabbin' the language; 'specially contractions.

Klystron, DaveE and Stephen Tashi
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nuclear - Listen up people, there is only 1 u!!!

symbolipoint
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"Iguana go home...."

Evo
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Every morning, I go to the drive-thru for a coffee and a cruller. And, every morning, I say "cruhler", and the attendant - it doesn't matter which one, and it doesn't matter which location - corrects me, saying "crooler".
I've never, ever heard anyone pronounce it as "crooler". This wikipedia page, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruller, gives the 'u' pronunciation as in "cut". Perhaps the attendant is from the north of England or from Scotland. In those places, "boot" and "book" are pronounced the same.

I've never, ever heard anyone pronounce it as "crooler". This wikipedia page, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruller, gives the 'u' pronunciation as in "cut". Perhaps the attendant is from the north of England or from Scotland. In those places, "boot" and "book" are pronounced the same.
Honestly, it's not a word I use often : I just like the donut variety. Most of the attendants of that coffeehouse's drive thru's are "temporary foreign workers" of some sort or another, with English as a second (or third, or fourth, etc) language : perhaps the original French pronounciation is the "ooo" thing ?

Mark44
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perhaps the original French pronounciation is the "ooo" thing
The word "cruller" originated as the Dutch "kruller," although Dunkin' Donuts sells what they call a "French cruller."
From what I can tell based on the wiki page I quoted, there is no association with French, despite the term "French cruller."

The word "cruller" originated as the Dutch "kruller," although Dunkin' Donuts sells what they call a "French cruller."
From what I can tell based on the wiki page I quoted, there is no association with French, despite the term "French cruller."
The French got it from the Dutch, and the English got it from the French, whence the term 'French cruller'.
Honestly, it's not a word I use often : I just like the donut variety. Most of the attendants of that coffeehouse's drive thru's are "temporary foreign workers" of some sort or another, with English as a second (or third, or fourth, etc) language : perhaps the original French pronounciation is the "ooo" thing ?
As @Mark44 said, the word 'cruller' is from Dutch 'kruller', meaning 'thing that curls' (in the 'is curled' sense), from 'krulen', 'to curl' ##-## it's related ancestrally to our word 'curl', and refers to the pastry being twisted ##-## in US English, its preferred pronunciation is so as to rhyme its first syllable neither with that of 'crueler', as in French, nor with that of 'culler' or 'luller', as in British English, but with 'fuller' or 'puller'.

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That looks like what is usually called a 'twist' ##-## Dunkin' Donuts French crullers look like this:

robphy
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"expirement"
"expresso"
"mispronounciation"

DrClaude
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The topic of the OP is discussed at around 2:58.

Stephen Tashi
Mark44
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"mispronounciation"
Or "pronounciation."

Let Stalk Strine was a fun book ##-## If you're not Australian, you might find that it works better if you consciously allow a bit of imitation Aussie accent to enhance your appreciation ##-## eeza pige feet chin smexits: [oops ##-## the page I linked to says that its content is reproduced there without permission, so I removed the link] ##-## the following excerpt is limited to the few 'a' entries ##-## I trust that it's thereby brief enough to be covered by fair use doctrine ##\dots##
Code:
                        LET STALK STRINE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A lexicon on modern Strine usage.

- A -
=====

Air Fridge: A mean sum, or quantity; also: ordinary, not extreme.  As
in: The air fridge person; the air fridge man in the street.

Airman: See "Semmitch".

Aorta: The english language contains many Greek, Latin, French, Italian
and other foreign words, e.g. valet, vampire, vaudeville, vox-humana,
hippocrepiform, etc.  Strine, similarly, is richly studded with words
and phrases taken from other, older tongues.  Many of these have, with
the passage of time, come to possess meanings different from their
original ones.  Two typical examples are the German words Eiche
(Pronounced i-ker; meaning oak-tree) and Ersatz (pronounced air-sats;
meaning substitute).  Both these are now Strine words, and are used in
the following manner: Eiche nardly bleevit', and Ersatz are trumps,
dear, yegottny?
However, it is English which has contributed most to the Strine
vocabulary.  Strine is full of words which were originally English.
Aorta is a typical example.
Aorta (pronounced A-orta) is the vessel through which courses the
life-blood of Strine public opinion.  Aorta is a composite but
non-existant Authority which is held responsible for practically
everything unpleasant in the Strine way of life; for the punishment of
criminals; for the weather; for the Bomb and the Pill; for all public
transport; and for all the manifold irritating trivia of everyday
living.  Aorta comprises the Federal and State legislatures; local
government councils; all public services; and even, it is now thought,
Parents' and Citizens' Associations and the CSIRO.
Aorta is, in fact, the personification of the benevolently paternal
welfare State to which all Strines - being fiercly independant and
individualistic - appeal for help and comfort in moments of frustration
and anguish.  The following are typical examples of such appeals.  They
reveal the innate reasonableness and sense of justice which all Strines
possess to such a marked degree:
Aorta build another arber bridge.  An aorta stop half of these cars
from cummer ninner the city - so a feller can get twirkon time.'
Aorta mica laura genst all these prairlers and sleshers an pervs.
Aorta puttem in jile an shootem.'
Aorta stop all these transistors from cummer ninner the country.
Look what they doone to the weather.  All this rine! Doan tell me it's
not all these transistors - an all these hydrigen bombs too.  Aorta
stoppem!'
Aorta have more buses.  An aorta milkem smaller so they don't take up
half the road.  An aorta put more seats innem so you doan tefter stann
all the time.  An aorta have more room innem - you carn tardly move
innem air so crairded.  Aorta do something about it.'

Ark Ellery: See "Airp's Trek".

Arm Arm: A childs' appeal to its mother for help.  As is: Arm arm, makim
stop.'

Ashfelt: Asphalt.

Assprad: Excessively preoccupied with domestic order and cleanliness.
As in: She's very assprad - she keeps Rome looking lovely.'  This is a
feminine adjective only; there does not appear to be any exact masculine
equivalent, although the noun Hairndiman conveys something of the same
meaning.  Strine women may be assprad; Strine men may be hairndimen; or
clever with their hens.' (See also Gloria Soame.)`

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George Jones
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"leads/provokes to the question" often is mispronounced as "begs the question".

vela
DaveC426913
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"leads/provokes to the question" often is mispronounced as "begs the question".
Heh. Not really a mispronunciation, but certainly a very common misuse of the phrase.

Begging the question means assuming your conclusion in your premise: "God is real because the Bible says so, and the Bible is from God."

Tom.G