Once I heard someone raving about what a great voice a celebrity had. The words used were, "I'd listen to him recite a grocery list!" It stuck with me. Only, I use it incorrectly. I do this, often, with a lot of things, because it amuses me, but I bet it just makes people who don't know me assume I'm ignorant. I also pronounce things incorrectly, intentionally, to amuse myself. Like when I say chicken fanjitas instead of fajitas, or pronounce the l's in the word tortilla.
When I was young, I was talking about my favorite author, and I said, "I'd read anything he wrote. Even his grocery list, because I bet it'd be GREAT." My friends just looked at me like I was crazy. Or when I was into Michael Hutchence, of INXS, I said, "I'd buy his albums even if all he did was sing his grocery list." I still feel that way about Glenn Danzig. I know he sings about devils and satan and other dumb dramatic crap that means nothing to me, but it's the WAY he sings it. A friend of mine saw Danzig in concert, years and years ago, and said, "It was creepy. Everyone up in front was just mesmerized by him. Like, not even moving, just staring at him like they were hypnotized." If any of you have seen him sing and witnessed anything different, please don't tell me.
I ought to note that there is only one human being on this earth who moves me even more, with just his voice, and I'm not going to call him out here. He knows who he is.
I'm failing at blogging. I don't have that gift that some writers have, that, "mention several random things and tie them all together deliciously in a way that makes the reader go, 'OH!'"
Other words I've discovered that are fun to mispronounce -
La Jolla -
My lovely funny boyfriend pronounces the second word so that it rhymes with "Holla".
When the kids were little, if they had questions about boy and girl parts, I would pronounce this with an emphasis on the first syllable, and use a short i sound for the second part. One day my son came home from school and asked me why boys pronounce it with a long i sound, and girls pronounce it my way. After some talking I discovered he had been chatting with his friends about mysterious body parts, and had used my pronunciation as the definitive one for girls. This made me giggle. I should add this to the "How I scarred my children" book.
That is all. Goodbye!