Ok, fine. And sometimes verbally. No matter how many times i learn or remind myself, there are certain words that are in a glitchy part of my brain and I just can't get it. For example:
1. apply. I first read it as apple-y, as in, having characteristics of an apple. Almost always.
2. Invalid, as in, a person who is physically weak or ill. But I always put the emphasis on the 2nd syllable: In-VAL-id. And then it's just so harsh.
3. One time i was in church and i read a quote someone gave me and you know those words that are pronounced a better, fancier way but you might be inclined to pronounce them the way a kid would? For example: demonstrative. demon-STRA-tive, instead of de-MON-strative. Or, irrepairable. You could say ir-rePAIRable, but you would be wrong, dead wrong. Obviously it's irREPairable. Anyway, with that in mind, I said something that is one of the shiniest Idiot Moments of Jen's life. Here's the word:
How is this said? IrreTRIEVable. But not wanting to look like a fool, I said the most foolish thing a person could say. I said it the other way, i.e. the non-way. It's not a way. No one says it. But me, that day: IrRETrievable. I don't even know how to type that out. Try saying it. It wasn't easy, but oh, I did it. PFFFFF. I just tried it again and OMG what an idiot. Oh, i die of embarrassment. Even now, reliving it. Why, brain? Why.
4. When I was young, I read "chaos" as "chose" for the longest time. I don't even know how old i was when I realized. Probably Jr. High (or probably way, way later).
5. Ok, this one happened the other day but it was so weird. I read "awed" as "a-wed," which is SO stupid. Why would i have read it that way? In my defense, it was describing a photo taken from the website of a wedding photographer. But still. The sentence was "take a look and prepare to be awed." Ha ha ha. Oh Jen. Makes me laugh.
6. This one is still in question: Orangutan. I am still not sure how to pronounce it. I was taught o-rang-u-tang, but there aint no g on the end. So i sort of make the n sound in the back of my throat, leaving off the actual g sound, but i kind of feel stupid every time i say it, mumbling through & hoping whatever i say passes (and you'd be surprised how often it comes up in daily conversation). But what is it for real? Someone tell me. Is it o-rang-u-tan? Short a? That's fine, I can change. I just want to know.
Alright, so the title of this post is kind of a misnomer. And I feel like there are more but I guess that'll do for now. What about you? C'mon, share. Make me feel not so dumb.