Wednesday, November 12, 2008

You say "Tomato," I say "Tomate"-Post 12 for 30 dow

I was very very well-read as a child, but not very well-cultured in the real world. I lived in my books and learned about the world through them. Unfortunately, I didn't learn how to pronounce many words, and there was a disconnect between what I read and what I heard others saying in the real world. 
I read a lot of British children's lit, so I frequently want to add that nice little "u" to favor and color. I also sometimes got confused about punctuation because of the Brit-American disagreements. 
The best example of how much I lived in books is my misunderstanding of the word "Yosemite." My parents probably mentioned the park a couple of times in my childhood, so I understood there was some park out there named "Yo-sim-e-tee." However, there apparently was another park called "Yo-se-mite." Quite honestly, it wasn't until my 20's that I made the connection. I never talked about "Yo-se-mite," since it's not something that comes up in normal conversation, but I still somehow made the connection. 

There's a great episode of This American Life ( called "A little bit of knowledge." It's played a few times, most recently on 7/13/08. I listen to it in its entirety every time it's on, and I've even saved it in my iTunes to listen to whenever I want. I encourage you to listen to it now because it's totally on point. And there's talk of a magical extinct animal--the unicorn.

1 comment:

Art Thief said...

And then of course there's that other great national park, Yo-Sa-Mi-Tee. There's even a gruff old prospector with the surname of Sam that's named after it.
I feel you pain.