Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Maybe I Should Stop Learning this Stuff, for The Kid's Sake.

1.  It's high school baseball tournament time again.
2.  Canucks are in the Cup.
3.  A writer here in Utah informed me that the publisher I was going to start going with isn't really a good one. (Good info, and I'm looking at it on the positive side)

So, I don't have much time to blog today, but I was thinking about an issue my kids may have in school because their parents are educated.  That is, they'll say err correctly.  Some of you already know where this is going, but I feel like sounding smart, so indulge me.

A common phrase that this word is used in is, "Let's err on the side of caution."  Are we all together and know what word I'm talking about?  Good.  So, most people pronounce the word in the same way they pronounce the word 'air' right?  This would make sense, even in the dictionary it references error as being linked with err, and error is pronounced 'air-or.'  So, how do you pronounce err?  Like this, 'uhr.'  like the beginning of the word urn.  Yep.  That's the correct pronunciation.  So, I'm sure my kids will say it like that in school, and some English teacher will not understand what they mean, and once they do understand, they'll tell my kid he/she is saying it wrong, and I'll have to think about how to tell my kid his/her teacher is wrong without saying his/her teacher is an idiot... good times.

On a related note, ignorance is bliss.

Have a nice day.


  1. My kids can say it correctly most of the time.

  2. No one should apologize for being educated, whether formally or not.