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February 6, 2019
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I first started noticing the "shtr" mispronunciation in the early Eighties. Since then, more and more people have adopted this silly peccadillo to the point where it's almost become the preferred pronunciation.
When I point it out to people, almost all say they don't hear it, and many seem to think I'm just imagining the whole thing.
Not five minutes ago on a TV commercial, the (professional) spokesperson pronounced "history" as "hishtry," which even breaks the "str" rule.
As a person who takes pride in correctly pronouncing words, it "frushtrates" me to hear people butcher the language.
What can be done? As Lizzie Borden's father said, don't axe me. All I can do is continue to point it out and hope others will do the same.
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