After living in New England for several years, one that really gets me is the improper use of the letter "r" by those who are native to the area. It's clearly spelled out in the words. If the word ends in "r", it should be pronounced that way. For instance, "car" instead of "cah", or "lobster" instead of "lobstuh". Not only do they not pronounce the "r" in words where it belongs, but they go so far as to add it to words where there is no "r" at all. For example, I have a good "idear" or the Eagles are a crappy football team from "Philadelphier".
I was watching a few minutes of a show called Wicked Tuna. I kid you not, the fisherman said something to the effect of "catching tuner is hahd". All those years I thought that "catching tuna is hard" was the proper way to say it. Maybe I was wrong.
I have come up with a term for this misuse of the letter - I call it "The Law of Conservation of R". If an "r" is deleted from the pronunciation of one word, it must be added to another to keep the system in balance. Very similar to the Law of Conservation of Energy - Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, only altered in form. Rs can neither be created nor destroyed, only moved from one word to another.
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