Created By: jojabar on March 14, 2013 Last Edited By: jojabar on March 20, 2013

Memetic Mispronunciation

Poor pronunciation equals Memetic Mutation

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Memes stemming from a mispronunciation. Needs a Better Description.

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  • March 14, 2013
    something something Mondegreen?
  • March 15, 2013
  • March 15, 2013
    See also Engrish, which frequently is a source of this from Japanese media
  • March 15, 2013
    Do we have a Memetic Mutation for misspellings as well? Such as "moar", "teh", etc
  • March 15, 2013
    President George W Bush once mentioned "the internets" (sic) in a debate in 2004. This plural form has become a popular tongue-in-cheek memetic mutation.

    (Technically that's a misused form rather than a mispronunciation, though.)
  • March 15, 2013
    The pronunciation NUKE-yu-lar for "nuclear" is another George W Bush mispronunciation, although he isn't the only President to have used that pronunciation (Jimmy Carter also pronounced it that way). But due to this, many people seem to think this is the correct pronunciation--which is actually NOOK-lee-ar or NUKE-lee-ar.
  • March 16, 2013
    Someone wrote the phrase "I'm gay for Archer" but misspelled gay. So now it's "I'm GAR for Archer"
  • March 16, 2013
    Also from Dawn Of War Soulstorm is Chaos Lord Firaeveus Carron's speech about METAL BAWKSES.
  • March 17, 2013
    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Back To The Future and Dr. Brown pronouncing Gigawatts as 'Jiggawatts'. I remember it being used for a gag in both General Protection Fault and XKCD, with the implication that this pronunciation is 'traditional' once you get into the realm of Mad Science.
  • March 19, 2013
    In Two Best Friends Play, Matt likes to mispronounce "reason" as "raisin" (referencing the Futurama episode "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid").
  • March 19, 2013
    helterskelter this a trope, or is this just listing a bunch of memes completely unrelated to fiction and tropes?
  • March 19, 2013
    It would be trivia. Something Something Leonard Bernstein would be a Sub Trope if it were a trope (Sub Trivia?)

    EDIT: Wait, that's not trivia?
  • March 20, 2013
    In an XKCD strip, a character deliberately mispronounces "website" and "blog" as "wobsite" and "blag". The term "blag" has recurred in XKCD and become a meme among fans; the official XKCD blog is called the blag.
  • March 20, 2013
    @Drac Monster: Meme tropes fall under YMMV since they're audience reactions.
  • March 20, 2013
    But I believe we make allowances for them because they're audience reactions to characters or works. I guess if this excludes any real life examples it could work. But I honestly don't think it's prevalent enough as its own kind of meme to warrant a distinction from Memetic Mutation.