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Start ... um ... talkin' better

May 14, 2010 - Lee Smith

We got to talking in the newsroom the other night about the funny things people say. And by funny I mean "incorrect." Perhaps we're too sensitive being in the English-language business, but we bothered nevertheless.

Our conversation began with the funny folks in Faribault County (county seat Blue Earth), who like to pronounce the name of their fine county "Fair-bolt." Wrong. It's actually "Fair-ih-bow." This, of course, reminds us that people in Faribault County are the only ones on Earth who pronounce the name Campbell "Camp-bell" instead of "Cam-bull." Apparently their version is a ding-dong you taking camping. Perhaps to call folks to dinner?

Not to be outdone, people in Fairmont like to refer to the city park at Albion and Main as "Ward's." Wrong. Actually it is Ward Park. No "s." So drop it.

Finally, we turned our scornful eye on our own office, where there are at least a pair of culprits who believe the word "wash" has an "r" in it. As in: "Did you warsh your clothes this weekend?" Wrong. No "r." Sorry. And then there is the "seen it" crowd, who apparently believes the word "saw" only refers to sharp metal blades used to cut wood. Example: "I seen it when I was down there." Wrong. You saw it, even if there were no 2x4s involved.

So there. The language police have spoken.


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