the great handsome
Pelinti (Buli, Ghana)
Your friend bites into a piece of piping hot pizza, then opens his mouth and sort of tilts his head around while making an “aaaarrrahh” noise. The Ghanaians have a word for that. More specifically, it means “to move hot food around in your mouth.”
When I studied abroad, my Sociology class went on a weekend trip to northern Italy to look at Ferraris, eat pumpkin and spend untold hours on a bus with 25 people who weren’t MY people. I had just gotten an email from a boy that I had been emailing while I was away that knocked me out and I knew that once I got back IT WAS ON. My trip left while I was ensconced in the afterglow of a really solid email from a solid prospect and I was smiling all weekend listening to this song over and over and over.
I love running into other people who mispronounce words because I know I’ve found a fellow autodidact.
Like saying Her-mee-own instead of Hermione. If you didn’t hear it said out loud because you were the only one reading, how are you supposed to know?
Also: That episode of How I Met Your Mother where Ted pronounces the word chamma-Leon. Classic Mosby.