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Old 07-21-2009, 11:01 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I have had exactly one principal in 25 years of teaching that pronounced my name correctly so I learned not to sweat the small stuff. Especially if I read it in a broshare (brochure).
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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I have had exactly one principal in 25 years of teaching that pronounced my name correctly so I learned not to sweat the small stuff. Especially if I read it in a broshare (brochure).


Here's another ... My mother calls them "scounces" when in reality they are sconces. She also pronounces the word niche as "nish".
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Pinellas Park, FL
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Because people do not pay attention to how they pronounce there words. Speaking correct English just doesn't matter in America anymore.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Because people do not pay attention to how they pronounce there words. Speaking correct English just doesn't matter in America anymore.
Not trying to nitpick, but I think you mean "their". It's beneficial to know the difference between 'there', 'their', and 'they're'.
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:16 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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The dickshunary has many errors in it.
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:19 PM
 
Location: mass
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I don't say Walmarts but I do say "Penney's" sometimes when referring to J.C.Penney (which has no S). I don't know why, but it is something my mother and grandmother used to say. I must have just picked it up from them.
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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You're just trying to find an escapegoat.
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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I don't say Walmarts but I do say "Penney's" sometimes when referring to J.C.Penney (which has no S). I don't know why, but it is something my mother and grandmother used to say. I must have just picked it up from them.


You know?? I do the same thing....so I guess it's off to Penny's then to Walmarts. lol

It's funny how we don't realize things until they are pointed out.
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:13 PM
 
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One possible (very theoretical) explanation:

Store names are brands - trademarks, technically. And to be used correctly (affording maximum legal protection to a mark), a trademark should be used as an adjective, not a noun. Some manufacturers try very hard at this to avoid letting their marks become so diluted as to lose protection: Kleenex facial tissues, Xerox photocopiers, and Band-Aid bandages come to mind.

So, maybe (it's a stretch I know), folks are jumping from using what would seem like two awkward nouns in a row (the JC Penney store) and instead making the first one possessive and then dropping the second. (JC Penney's; Wal-Mart's)
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Thumbs up This thread is hilarious!

In the Dallas area, I've heard people say they're going to "Wally-Mart" instead of Walmart. Also, they pronounce "What-A-Burger" as "Wahter - burger".
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