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Comment: We have been told that masons are most likely to insert a spare vowel into this word describing their occupation but we know others do, too. Don't you.

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Comment: It is easy to confuse

Don't say: affidavid | Do say:

Comment: That pesky [s] before [n] again. See "bidness" and "idn't." ways way "I have a ways to go" should be "I have a way to go." The article "a" does not fit well with a plural.

Don't say: Old-timer's disease | Do say:

Comment: Tenters are frames for stretching cloth while it dries. Hanging on tenterhooks might leave you tender but that doesn't change the pronunciation of the word.

Comment: Even if your lawyer's name is ''David,'' he issues affidavits.

Don't say: The Caucases | Do say: The

In , several signs which have a pre-specified initial and final location can have the order of these two locations reversed in contexts which seem to be purely phonological. For example the sign DEAF, prototypically made with the '1' handshape making contact first with the cheek and then moving to contact the jaw (as in the sentence FATHER DEAF) can have these locations reversed if the preceding sign, when part of the same , has a final location more proximal to the jaw (as in the sentence MOTHER DEAF). Both forms of the sign DEAF are acceptable to native signers. (This information has not been cited. Use with caution. Please, refer to (1995, pp. 43–44), C. Valli & C. Lucas, .)

Don't say: chester drawers | Do say:

Comment: Here is another case of metathesis, place-switching of sounds. Remember, the [i] comes after the [l], as in related "folio."

Don't say: chomp at the bit | Do say:

Comment: As verbs, both words have similar meanings with "flounder" meaning to make a lot of errors or to have trouble moving; however, to "founder" is to totally fail.

Comment: Don't forget this word contains three others: bar+bit+u+rate

Don't say: bob wire | Do say:

How prevalent is it in American English? Is it preferred over non-metathetic pronunciations ("comf-ta-ble", "com-fa-table", "com-fer-ta-ble")? Is it frequently proscribed (for instance, frowned upon in academic contexts)?

Don't say: a blessing in the skies | Do say:

Don't say: cannidate | Do say:

Comment: This pronunciation particularly bothers Australians themselves, most of whom can manage the [l] quite easily, thank you.

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Don't say: carpool tunnel syndrome | Do say:

Comment: The younger generation is mispronouncing this phrase so intensively that it has become popular both as a mispronunciation and misspelling.