Thursday, February 19, 2009

'Contrary-dundancy'


In the business world, they say "time is money" so you should be as efficient as possible. When writing a paper, you're not supposed to repeat yourself.

So why should speaking be any different?


Introducing: Contrary-dundancy.



Contrary-dundancy
[kahn-trayr-ee-dun-dance-ee]
noun (pl. -cies)

Inspired by French contractions and Jeopardy's Before and After category, it is a new way of speaking where one eliminates repeating the same sound twice in row when pronouncing words. It is both contrary to what is taught in school and also very efficient.

Examples:
1. The phrase "my iPod" is pronounced "myPod"

2. A UNC basketball fan who is (understandably) upset by Deon Thompson's defense might yell, "Play D, Deon!" when he should have said, "Play D-on!"

3. A female told blogger Alex Pomer that she "didn't want to go on a Valentine's Day date" with him. She should have said, "I don't want to go on a Valentine's Dayte" with you.

4. Loyal readers of Alex Pomer's blog should pronounce their names as indicated:
- Rob Broadhurst = Raw Broadhurst
- Weird Doyle = Weird Oil
- Sarah Rutledge = SaRutledge


End definition.


Whether or not you decide to embrace this amendment to appropriate speech, listen for contrary-dundancies.

You'll find that most people aren't as to-the-point as they think they are.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Sorry if I told you last night at top o that you weren't allowed to use my name on the internet - I'm glad to be important enough to make it onto your blog!