This seems like a good place to start. Many of the words are simple words that are rarely mistaken for being pronounced any other way. They abide by the phonetic laws of English. When they're pronounced incorrectly, it's pretty darn funny.
YouTube videos encompass virtually every niche and genre known to man. Falling somewhere in between silly and educational, the PronunciationManual channel has made a science out of hilariously incorrect eight-second word pronunciations.
We corresponded via email with the anonymous creator of the videos to find out what inspired the project.
It appears that the channel was not launched as a satire on the PronouncationBook, a channel dedicated to pronouncing some of the more whacky-looking English words, but created out of benevolence.
“I am a very good person, so with the combination of being a very good person and knowing that people need help, it was a natural fit, like how celebrities take away poor infant children from terrible villages to live inside of custom Bottega Veneta child holsters, except in the form of pronunciation videos on YouTube.”
Asked to provide any sort of background information, the creator was recalcitrant. But the person behind the curtain certainly wasn’t shy about the process of identifying and pronouncing new words — or that they have easy access to an online thesaurus.
“I think up a word that people might not know how to say, and then I type it into the video window, and then I say it out three times in a clear and strong voice, and then I click the other button, and the computer puts it on youTube, and then I exeunt the eldritch, crystal-encrusted and sweetgrass scented Pronunciation Ark that I built in my back yard…”
Totally makes sense now, right?
Regardless of who is behind it all, the word humor tickles our writing funnybone and we find some of the videos to be downright hilarious. If you enjoy them as much as we do, you’ll end up clicking through as many as possible to see which ones are winners and which are losers.
Let us know which pronunciations you think are the best and if you think this meme has the strength to dethrone the now infamous “Sh*t People Say” videos.
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