In Other Words – More Mispronounced Words

grammarThank you for all your feedback on The 19 Top Mispronounced Words: Get Out Your Mental FlossHere are additional words for your reading pleasure and from your comments.

  •  “You wrote this blog to make fun of me? You know I struggle with Boffet instead of buffet, OTside instead of Outside, etc.”
  • FOR spoken as FUR
  • GOING as GOIN’ (apply to any word ending in ‘ing’)
  • YES as YEAH
  • “I shall put in my two cents with regard to redundant phrases: PLEASE PEOPLE, it’s REVERT, not ‘REVERT BACK.’ And also, it’s not “LIKE I SAID” it is “AS I SAID.”

The 19 Top Mispronounced Words: Get Out Your Mental Floss

mispronounced-wordsFred Astaire drew laughs back in the Thirties with his song “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” in which the lovers can’t agree on the pronunciation of words like either, neither, and tomato. In a professional setting, it’s not so funny when people mispronounce words. This becomes a communication distraction and your message will not be heard.

Anyway: Not anyways. The problem with this word is not so much pronunciation as the addition of an unnecessary sound.

Both: Not Bof. Enunciate the th sound as in birthday.

Cache: Pronounced the same way as cash, and it means a group of items hidden in a secret storage place.

Step Out and Stand Up: Don’t Be a Spoiled Brat

spoiled-brat employeeIf you are really serious about taking control of your job as a knowledge worker and making more money, you have to take 100 percent responsibility for everything you do. And the first step is turning yourself and your job into a controllable business factor. You must dump any thinking about what others “owe” you. You are completely in charge of your success. However, there aren’t many people in the professional world who are operating under this belief system.

The following are excuses that I hear employed spoiled brats use—and some of my considerations:

New Eyes: How to address old problems and bad relationships

UnknownDo you have a situation, either personal or professional, that needs to improve? If so, why don’t you? If you don’t, you must have already been blessed with Sainthood! We all face situations that linger and typically the reason is our level of discomfort in stepping up and resolving it.


  1. Figure out what part of the problem you own. Something as small as not asking enough questions to get to the real issue and then trying to solve the wrong problem.  By the way, this is often the case!

Blissfully Ignorant: Is reality based on others perception?

Quote-About-EgotismIt really doesn’t matter what you think about how you look or what you say. The issue is what other people think about how you appear and how your communication is perceived. You may disagree, but environment, job, expectation and more dictate how we choose to present ourselves to the particular environment.  Case in point is the recent decision of the Chandler Arizona police department and also the Marine Corps to scrutinize people that have tattoos. Some people are up in arms over this and say it’s not fair. This isn’t about fairness it’s about perception. Are the people either for or against these decisions blissfully ignorant, uninformed or right on?


Learning to stay focused and motivated

SmileandSadFaceMarsha Petrie Sue, MBA

Times are tough. Money is tight. Trusting others is down, blaming is up. An optimistic outlook is down and fear is up.

Staying up in challenging times requires a blend of energy, spirit, self-confidence and humor. Perceptions must change and include a broader knowledge and a more comprehensive view. What is your perspective of life and the world? Does your lens work for you or against you? Is your filter clogged with negativity? And do you look through a wide-angle lens or do you use a microscope with a narrowed view?

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