Does anyone else have a word that you KNOW is pronounced correctly when you say it – but everyone else in the world pronounces it differently? But because of this mass de-pronunciation by 99.99999% of the world’s population, THAT is the pronunciation that becomes standard. Approximately 6 billion to 1. I’m the one – and I lose.
It all started at a very early age for me. I was an avid reader – going to the library and gobbling up books like I now gobble up Big Macs and Whoppers. I read anything and everything, devouring words, ideas and soaking up any knowledge that I could. But the problem with this method of learning is that when you’re eyeballing something on a page, you can’t hear someone pronounce the word correctly. And when you happen to hear someone say a certain word your brain automatically links it with that spelling. It’s all supposed to work like that – it’s how the National Institute of Things that People with Inside Knowledge (NITPIK) drew it up all those years ago when they invented libraries. And speech. And books. And words.
So what’s my Achilles hell? (Yes, grammar nuts, that was an intended pun….)
All my life I’ve seen and read this word with my own eyes:
And all my life up until a few years ago I pronounced it when reading:
It makes perfect sense really, all you 6 billion nay-sayers. Instead of misleading someone, you myzle them. I don’t know why the rest of the great unwashed don’t see it – but yet I’m constantly ridiculed for it. It’s read the same as RISE isn’t it? Yes, I know there’s no RISED (who am I kidding, I’m sure I’ve said that too) but it’s the same principle and should be pronunciated (yes, I know that’s wrong too, grammar nuts) correctly.
Let’s be honest – I said earlier that I pronounced it incorrectly up to a few years ago, but I still pronounce it as my-zled when I read it. I know exactly what it means and I know exactly what the author means. I don’t THINK I say it out loud to anyone, but I can’t promise you won’t hear me spit that puppy out at some point when I’m accusing you of lying to me. And you know who you are.
So let’s start a movement here – let’s change the spelling of misled to myzzled right here and now. Don’t conform to the overwhelming odds – be a man (or a woman, or a muskrat, or whatever) and stand up for the rights of the oft-put-down.
Stand up for the rights and don’t be myzzled by the grammar nuts amongst us.