August 2, 2008

Random Peeve

Random pet pronunciation peeve:

I hate it when people pronounce the title of the movie "Amélie" as if it rhymes with "homily," and with the emphasis on the first syllable. I wonder how many obnoxious tourists accost Mlle Tatou and say, "Aaaah gist luuuuved yew in that movie 'Ommily.'"

It's ahh-meh-lee, if you please, with a broad, light "ah," not "aww."
There now, I feel a lot better. Which reminds me of a spelling peeve. "Alot" is not a word. It's "a lot." Two words. Count them. Thank you.


Anonymous said...

actually I used to have the same pet peeve but it turns out webster has listed a lot as a variant.

ArsenicJulep said...

You mean they have listed "alot" as a variant? I distinctly remember an English professor saying "there are no 'alots' in the English language." And she was not old and stuffy. It's not even a quasiportmanteau word like "backyard." I think "backyard barbecue" is OK, but not "the killer buried the corpse in the backyard."