A Play on Words

Mize or Mise Well

So I was talking to my sister the other day about how everyone says words differently. For instance, mize or mise well, they can be spelled differently. What, you don't know what it means? It is short for might as well! I have heard this word all my life from my family, but if I say it in a conversation to strangers they are like, what did you just say, lol. So then I have to explain it to them.


This word is said differently also. I pronounce this as sher-bert, but hubby Daniel pronounces it as sher-bet and always reminds me that there is no extra ‘R', I tell him that certain words have letters but are silent why can't there be words with letters that aren't there but be said? I know that would never happen, but I can think that way, right?


Another word that can be said differently is this one. I hear some people pronounce this word as crow-a-toe-an, some say crow-ah-toe-an like me, and some pronounce it as crow-toe-an like Daniel.

These words are said differently because people come from different places in the world and have all heard them say them differently. It can depend on if they live in the North, South, East, or West. It is just like being Southern or how people sound when they are from Boston.

Can you think of any other play on words that are said differently?

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5 thoughts on “A Play on Words

  1. We always laughed growing up about ‘Wash’ and ‘Rinse’. Of course my sister and I, native Southern Californians, said it correctly, wash and rinse, but my native Indianan mother always ‘worshed’ and my native Mississippian dad always ‘rinched’… odd right? LOL I love language and dialects, it adds character. 🙂

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    • Hello Lorelai,
      You reminded me of another one “creme rinse” (conditioner). I say that and everyone looks at me like I don’t know what I’m saying, lol.

      My family also says “worshed”. I think the weirdest part is how growing up I couldn’t spell some of those words but said them because everyone else did!

    • Miranda, I say all-mund as well. It is weird how we all say things differently but we are talking about the same thing.

      We all swear that we are saying it right while we think the other person is wrong and try to correct them.

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