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Had no idea 'Sapiens' was pronounced differently between US and UK English. What are some of your pronunciation surprises?

Oct 27, 2017
2,281
When I first heard someone pronounce herb with an H....my mind was blown. But I can’t say it. I won’t do it.
As a brit I'm the same but the other way round. 'erb just sounds so very wrong to me.

Regardless for such a small country we (the UK) have such a large variety of accents and dialects that pronounciation of words from several different British people in the same room can very pretty distinctly. With the exception of....

Aussies

Vegemite - veg ee might
Marmite - mar might

Brits

Vegemite - veg em it ee
Marmite - marm it ee
This. Literally no one here has ever said that. You've never spoken to or heard a British person speak before this is abundently clear.

None of this is weird to me after I found out that brits typically warm their water for tea in the microwave.
Never seen this once in 35 years here. That is what a kettle is for.
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,169
Did they not say the name out loud in ads or did the company just decide that was their pronunciation outside of American English?
I don’t recall a lot of ads as I was growing up to be honest, and those I do remember pretty much used “Just Do It” exclusively. I didn’t watch a huge amount of TV and I grew up in the 80’s so ads for that kind of thing were a lot less pervasive.

None of this is weird to me after I found out that brits typically warm their water for tea in the microwave.
I’ve never seen this in the UK, but I do recall Americans on GAF talking about doing this.

I have seen a fair few people over the last few years who would warm the milk for their tea in the microwave though. I tried it and it didn’t seem to make any difference.
 
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Oct 27, 2017
2,989
Lancashire
Not pronunciation but America felt the need to rob marvellous of one of its Ls for some reason.

Add me to the list of Brits that have never heard of anyone heating a brew in the microwave, or would dare admit it tbh lol you know how many kettles we have here right?
 
A couple of name pronunciations I've always found amusing are Craig and Graham.

Craig:
UK - "Craygg"
US - "Cregg"

Graham
UK - "Gray-um"
US - "Gram"

For the longest time I thought "Gram crackers" were a thing in the US.
The US pronunciation of Craig and Graham is very distressing.

Aussies

Vegemite - veg ee might
Marmite - mar might

Brits

Vegemite - veg em it ee
Marmite - marm it ee
You're mistaken.
 
Oct 28, 2017
1,674
Whats weird about this is when watching American news and some expert or something comes on.
They pronounce the countrys as "ea".....then the anchor/host will still say "Eye".....WHY?!?!
Arent names meant to have specific pronunciations.

Like Jesus the spanish version isnt suddenly pronounced like the english version, we respect the "natural" pronunciations.....shouldt countries get the same respect?