Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man! Oh the little that unhinges it, poor creatures that we are! ~ Charles Dickens
When did it suddenly become ok to pronounce "str" words as "shtr". Words like "street" are now "shtreet". "Shtrength". "Shtratosphere". "Inshtruction" and "shtir"....it's even creeping into the middle of words. "Shtrawberry". "Shtrudle". "Shtrip". "Shtrucshure" - now that's a good one. I first became aware of this strange phenomenon when we lived in Portland and a weather forecaster -- who I believe now reports weather for CNN or some big news channel -- started talking about "the shtrength of the winds". Say what?! Now I hear it everywhere. This morning as I watched The Weather Channel a reporter on there was driving me so crazy with "shtrength" and "shtreet", etc., etc. I finally turned her off. It was like every other word out of her mouth was distorted this way.
Another word that drives me nuts: "tour" pronounced as "tore" now. Why? And "often" as "off-ten" instead of off-en. Why did that happen? When I was in elementary school in the early 60s we were taught very precise pronunciation as we learned our alphabet and how each letter and combo of letters was pronounced. We even did little exercises with our mouths on some of the harder ones. But "shtupid"? I even heard that one the other day. We were taught the "t" in often was silent, and even tho the vast majority seems to say "off-ten" now I just can't spit that "t" out there. It seems too...foreign...to me. Last nite a young lady was being interviewed about Hurricane Sandy's aftermath and she said she was appalled at the "deshtruction", how "impordunt" it was to get out before it hit. Impordunt? Hmmmmmm.
It's like, you know, like, getting harder for me to, like, sit around and, like, listen to this, like, you know, any longer. It's, you know, like, just driving me, like, you know, crazy.
And with that I bid you adieu. I think I'll go read some Shakespeare. Even he's easier for me to decipher now. Like, you know what I'm talkin' about?