I don't think about them, or maybe I just don't know any better. Or maybe movies (darnit, Michael Cain) influence the way I talk. Or maybe because I was a loner as a child (as a child? I'm so introverted, it's awkward), no one really noticed I was pronouncing things wrong. Oh, wait. Yes they did, because people used to make fun of me all the time. I only noticed the first one last night because I was listening to Anna the Microsoft narrator read The Convict and the Cattleman.
2) Florida (flȯr-ə-də) - Or Flor'da. Said by the person who was also brought up to say Missourah instead of Missouree, so that could be the trouble. Darn those extra unneeded vowels.
3) Egg (eg) - Aig. I want a three aig omelette. Now!
4) Thoroughbred (thor·ough·bred) - Thorul-bred. I don't know why, okay? Because it's easier to make the L sound than repeat all though O's?
5) Metal (me-təl) - I promise to always pronounce this correctly in front of strangers, but it drives my husband crazy when I say mat-ell. My dad said mat-ell and his dad says errell instead of arrow. It's just one of those things.
Bonus: Like (līk) - You can thank Michael Caine for this one. I have watched movies where that man pronounces this very simple word as 'lī' (and sometimes with a soft T), that I now do it. There's another word he says that I can't think of right now that I say all the time just like him. If my husband notices, he hasn't commented on it.
You can make fun of me if you want. Just remember, last Friday I was talking about my Okie drawl, which is really more of a fun blend of Okie and Missourah with some Cockney thrown in for good measure. But unless you give me alcohol or I'm really, really tired, or p!ssed off, I promise to try to pronounce most of these words the proper way. Except...no, no I don't. I just won't drawl them out, I promise to keep a nice American Standard English tone.
It's Friday. Go, be, do.