Why yes. Yes I do.
When we were in California I was in a discussion with Wes and some old friends and I dropped this cool word that I can’t remember into conversation and was questioned as to the pronunciation. It was deemed okay but this led to a further discussion about words you’ve mispronounced.
For instance I remember an English class in high school, we were taking different turns reading aloud and someone read the word filet mignon. And I thanked heavens above that it wasn’t me reading aloud because I would have pronounced it fillet mig non.
Or that time when I learned that chagrin was pronounced chagrin and not char(coal) grin. Such a great word.
Or that time when I was walking through the department store with my cousin and saw the word lingerie and pronounced it linger ree nee. She was like, wait, you know it’s pronounced lingerie, and I blushed and pretended that yes of course I did.
So I went grocery shopping by myself the other night and I was pretty stoked because I was all by myself and had some great food ideas for the week, including a new recipe. I was going to make quinoa for the first time.
I had done a couple circles around the store and wasn’t ready to search for quinoa so I just stopped a grocery store worker and asked him where the quinoa was. Quinoa as in Quin Noah. Quinoa as in when I was talking to Wes about Quinoa, Ev started singing ‘who built the ark? Noah Noah.’
The grocery store man looked at me funny and asked me what quinoa was. I had a moment where my subconscious alerted me that something was wrong but shrugged it off telling him I thought it was a grain but that I’d never purchased it before. So he led me to the correct aisle and I found it.
Later on that night I bounced over to one of my foodie friends and said guess what I bought for the first time at the grocery store?!
Ooo. Good guess. Sounds similar starting out.
She gave in and I cheerfully crowed, ‘Quinoa!!’. As in Quin Noah.
She paused for a second, and then said, ‘oh you mean quinoa!’.
huh? Keen wha?
And then I died laughing.