Feeling Good about Mispronouncing Words
Almost invariably, if a person uses a word in a sentence, and she mispronounces it, it means that she has 1) read the word at least once, and probably more than once, 2) correctly teased out the meaning from context, and 3) absorbed it well enough that she can properly use it in a sentence.This must mean I'm erudite. But wait. How do you pronounce that?
Given that the English language has hundreds of thousands of words--which is far more than most languages--should it not be considered a sign of erudition if someone occasionally uses a word and doesn't pronounce it right? Indeed, what else could it possibly mean, except that the person is well-read and is familiar with words she has never heard pronounced aloud?
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