My wife and I have been going around and around about this for a couple of years now, she seems to think the technical name for the voicebox is "larnyx" (lahr-NICKS) whereas I've been attempting to convince her that it's "larynx" (LAIR-inks).
I thought that perhaps it was just my wife's goofy way of pronouncing things taken to an extreme, but 75% of the people I've asked in Illinois say larnyx.
It's like I've ended up in the most subtle, boring episode of The Twilight Zone ever.
So which do you say, and what's the strangest regional variation you've heard?
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Originally posted by geemoneylarynx. And honestly, it's not used often enough for me to gather weird regional variations of it.
I'm sorry, I should have made that a little more clear...
Which variation of Larynx/Larnyx do you use, and/or what are some of the weird regional variations on words that you've heard? (e.g. soda/pop, kitty-corner/catty-corner/cater-corner)
I also realise that larnyx isn't in the dictionary, but the good people of Illinois don't seem to understand as such.
There probably isn't any regional variation that drives me up the wall more than "pop" as a name for soda. And now that I live in the midwest, I get all sorts of great opportunities to cringe. Almost as bothersome is when people who I complain to about "pop" counter with, "Well, in the South everybody calls it all 'Coke.'" Well, having lived in the South for nearly my entire life, I have to politely smack these people in the face and tell them, "No, you're wrong."
I must say, though, if larynx was a common enough term for me to hear people say "larnyx" all the time, that could possibly annoy me more than "pop."
Originally posted by StingArmy Almost as bothersome is when people who I complain to about "pop" counter with, "Well, in the South everybody calls it all 'Coke.'" Well, having lived in the South for nearly my entire life, I have to politely smack these people in the face and tell them, "No, you're wrong."
I have 2 friends that live separately just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina.....and they have both told me that people around them do indeed do that.
My wife's brothers family moved to just outside of Houston, Texas over 10 years ago, and they all have told me that they have seen people do it there also. My 2 nephews have told me that they now do it themselves out of habit.
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