3 Words You May Be Saying Wrong
On the radio yesterday I heard a commercial that caught my attention, not because it was extraordinarily awesome, but because it contained a mispronounced word.
It was for a title company or mortgage service, and it sounded as though it was the client herself reading the script. What threw me off was the way she pronounced realtor. Yes, this was someone who obviously works with a lot of realtors, but then she proceeded to pronounce it “RE-luh-ter.” As though realtor was spelled RELATOR.
Ask yourself: Have I been saying it that way?
It is actually two syllables, not three. So, the correct way to say it is “REAL-ter.”
A pair of words that are often misused are affect and effect. You affect, or influence, someone else’s thoughts or actions. You don’t effect them. Affect is used as a verb, while effect is generally a noun, meaning result. As in, a drug may have adverse side effects.
Also, I heard a friend mention last week that someone he knew had prostrate cancer. Eh, Gary, it’s prostate. Prostate is the male body organ, prostrate (with an “r”) means lying on the ground.
Just doing what I can to keep YOU from embarrassing yourself in conversation with others. Glad to help!