Mike Matei / November 19th, 2014
You Know What’s Bullshit!? – Word Pronunciations – Episode 28
This time, we’re talking about stupid word pronunciations, spellings, and the internet’s love of criticizing how we all speak.
Drawings by Mike Matei
November 19, 2014 at 10:31 am
Thanks for teaching me about geese lol.
November 19, 2014 at 5:50 pm
This video should be titled “English is BULLSHIT” and thats right, English is a bullshit language because it makes no sense in so many ways. Pronunciation is bullshit, spelling is bullshit, grammar is bullshit. This language should be banned forever.
November 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm
November 20, 2014 at 5:14 pm
You should have posted this in spanish where every noun is associated with a different sex either male, female, or neutral for some arbitrary reason. Every language has its dumb bullshit.
November 20, 2014 at 7:19 pm
There is no neutral in Spanish, only male and female… and thats a big part of its beauty
November 21, 2014 at 5:47 am
German, French and other languages also have gender for nouns.
November 23, 2014 at 6:40 am
why? every fucking country who has his own language ..there is too school kids and some dumb people who cant grow up adult world ..they will correct every damn word your mouth order to get self-satisfaction narcissistic mind and thinking his be one who is wiser level than you
November 24, 2014 at 3:05 am
Nice bit of hypocrisy from Cain Nuke here, English “makes no sense” but Spanish is great because what makes no sense in it is “beautiful”?
February 4, 2015 at 7:18 am
English is pretty language, and it’s fairly simple and straightforward. I’m french, and let me tell you that the bs James talks about is 1000x more with french.
Ironically, english might have inheritated that from french through history lol…
Wednesday was such a tough word for me back as a kid xD, took me quite a while to say it right.
February 4, 2015 at 7:25 am
And yes.. Gender for inanimate objects in french (other language too) is the cream of bs. Computer, vagina and Jedi is male. Moon, testicle and Deathstar is female.
November 20, 2014 at 9:32 am
Click on the speaker icon if you don’t believe everyone that you’re saying it wrong: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/review?s=t
November 19, 2014 at 10:32 am
I love your videos, James and Mike! 🙂
November 19, 2014 at 10:33 am
Great video. This is so weird because I was just in a linguistics class about 10 minutes ago arguing about this exact topic.
November 19, 2014 at 10:34 am
Haha you know I hate to admit although I’ve never commented on it that I have thought it’s strange how you pronounce “bury.” The one that gets me a lot is the state Oregon. Midwesterners like myself say Ore Uh Gahn when mostly everyone else says Ore Uh Gun.
November 19, 2014 at 6:04 pm
You Midwesterners folk also like to refer to Soda as Pop, like my stepmom who is from Indiana. It really depends on your dialect and where you’ve lived. Had a girlfriend from Vermont that pronounced “Broom”, “Brum” and “Room”, “Rum”. My stepdad is from the Boston area, so everything he pronounces hurts my ears, dropping R’s everywhere he can (Bar is Ba and Car is Ca Harvard is Havid, etc.).As far as Oregon is concerned, the one time I was there, people were pronouncing it with a “gun” at the end. Me? I’m a Long Islander without the “Lawngisland” accent from moving around too damn much.
November 20, 2014 at 10:32 am
I, too, am from “Bah-stun”. I can pahk the cah in Ha-vid yahd lol
You should hear how people from Maine pronounce “bagel”.
November 21, 2014 at 2:33 pm
Yeah, Im sorry James, but you do have some weird inflections. I always planned to comment on it, but on the other hand, fuck it, speak how you want to speak.
It IS funny to me to see you make it a bullshit-topic. Guess you got thousands of comments anyway and got sick of it 😛
Bury was one of em, but I do see your point on Bury/Berry.
It always kinda bugged me how you say MounDains but also Nicole KiTman.
Maybe get back at us by making a horror film titled “Burying Nicole Kidman on Compilation Mountain” 😉 (ComPILEation)
Stretching the topic slightly, sometimes you and Mike have weird reasoning on why to pronounce the pronunciation of certain words. Coven can only be pronounced ‘your’ way because otherwise it’ll sound like oven and that’s IMPOSSIBLE. 😛 So no words are allowed to rhyme anymore? (I’m forgetting another word you guys mentioned with the same reason) Ninja Gaiden isn’t Gayden (as in Ninja homosexual-den), because it’s also Sai. But what about Raiden from Mortal Kombat?
I’ve been corrected on a bit of a dialect in my native Dutch, and just for me personally, I tried to change that, but that’s for everyone to decide for themselves if they give two shits about what someone else thinks.
So, bottomline, do whatever YOU want.
November 19, 2014 at 10:35 am
Good analysis on why the English language is so difficult to learn
November 19, 2014 at 1:46 pm
Well, if you think english is hard, try learn german^^
November 19, 2014 at 6:50 pm
In my humble opinion neither English nor German are very difficult. Perfect English and perfect German are but they are both fairly forgiving when it comes to mistakes. At least that’s how I feel after all of the work it took to pass the level one Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
December 6, 2014 at 10:15 am
true! german is even worse because of so many variants of verbs, many compound words (then we get super-ass long words) and a fuckton of other rules. I spent about 2-4 years learning German and I’ll never get it right because it’s bullshit!
This was good. I always noticed you say Review differently then most people, but like you say in the video “who cares?”. Funny stuff
November 19, 2014 at 10:38 am
Hell yeah! As a foreigner, I can attest to the English language being bullshit to learn. The pronunciations are all over the place.
November 19, 2014 at 10:39 am
Yeah, I gave up on trying to be overly articulate years ago. Then again, I’m from Central PA and around here any animal you can hunt, it’s acceptable to drop the “s” off plural versions. I might see three squirrel or four turkey.
November 21, 2014 at 10:04 pm
We do that when we get 24 beer
November 19, 2014 at 10:41 am
November 19, 2014 at 10:46 am
One that used to get me, when I was really young, was “whore”. Where the hell does the W come from?
Suck my coxen you filthy hore!
November 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm
You have more than one cock? Impressive.
November 19, 2014 at 10:54 am
Great video. English is such a bullshit language. What about “travel” and “trouble”?. I still like it as a language because it’s so straight to the point, lots of contractions, everything is simplified. Im Spanish by the way, and we pronounce stuff phonetically, just as it’s written, no bullshit, but sometimes it gets needlesly overcomplicated, I prefer English!
November 19, 2014 at 11:05 am
I’d say it’s straightforward when speaking, but in writing, it gets pretty complicated. I mean, just look at “there vs their vs they’re” and know that somewhere along the lines, somebody needlessly fucked up what should have been a much more easy to understand language in all formats.
November 19, 2014 at 11:03 am
It really can be bullshit. I say, just be understandable and it’s all good.
November 19, 2014 at 11:21 am
What’s the plural of genesis?
November 19, 2014 at 11:38 am
I think it’s Geneses
November 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm
November 19, 2014 at 3:51 pm
I was gonna say that!
November 19, 2014 at 11:37 am
November 19, 2014 at 11:51 am
Hey man I totally agree about that. What else is bullshit about it is some women are funny about it. If you don’t pick the right word. Guess what you will be dumped. Another major issue about that actually surprising you don’t go into. Some words translate to different things in different languages. For example gum is rubber in Japan. I just got inspired to make a follow up video. Not continuing off of this topic. It’s just episodes I would like to see in the near future.
November 21, 2014 at 10:07 pm
sooooomebody got dumped recently
November 19, 2014 at 11:52 am
I really enjoyed this. The way you’d pronounce “burry” (bury) and “ruff” (roof) would always strike me as odd. Awesome to see you address it and we can all move on
November 19, 2014 at 11:54 am
You know what’s bullshit? That costume. You don’t need it. Get rid of it. Commentary is enough. BTW, I enjoyed the video (minus the costume).
November 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm
I agree. The character performance is a major distraction from the anti-bullshit rambling.
You make that shirt, and I’ll buy it.
Loved “Sut the hell up and suck our coxen” lol
November 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm
You know what’s bullshit? Assholes who don’t know when to use “your” or “you’re.” If you’re trying to say “you are,” you use “you’re” like I just did. Read what you just wrote, replacing “your” or “you’re” with “you are” and see if it makes any sense. If it does, use “you’re.” If it doesn’t, use “your.” It’s that simple.
November 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm
Gallagher already did it: http://youtu.be/yDFQXxWIyvQ?t=3m27s
November 19, 2014 at 12:26 pm
Thanks so much for this vid. So refreshing to see an actual native English speaker, especially James, refer to language inconsistencies that most just take for granted.
November 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm
Well don’t forget, British English and American English will have different Pronunciations. One word I notice that you Americans have messed up in saying is “Herb”. The British pronunciation is pretty much what it looks like “H-erb” but the way you Americans say it is “Erb”… *facepalm*
Why on Earth do you Americans pronounce it with a silent H?
November 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm
We’re just as confused. I wasn’t here 250 years ago when all the new Americans said, hey you know that language we speak? Let’s fuck it up!
November 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm
Because Herb with the H is a guy. You don’t want to put Herb in your dinner, trust me.
But that’s ok because I giggle everytime a Brit says Aluminium. It sounds like so much work.
November 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm
They say it wrong as well. The root word of aluminum is alum (al-um) and even the brits say it that way, so obviously the metal is “al um u num” and not “al u minium”
As a matter of fact our dear poster has gotten it backwards. Us Americans use old English and the British have since evolved into a slang-filled poorly pronounced mess. Don’t get me started on how British slang doesn’t make any logical sense.
November 21, 2014 at 10:18 pm
British and canadians spell it aluminium too. its based off the word alumina. its like strontium or cadmium. americans use the like older version that the scientist bailed on cause it sounded like shit. its based off the word alumina.
November 19, 2014 at 3:46 pm
It’s not so strange. You say hour with a silent ‘h’. And you pronounce the letter ‘h’ as ‘aitch’, just like in American English, while I’ve heard (at least some) Australians pronouncing it ‘haitch’.
Even though I noticed James’s different pronunciation of ‘bury’ it’s technically optional to pronounce it like that according to some dictionaries. It still sounds odd to me, though. It’s almost a trademark James Rolfe pronunciation.
November 22, 2014 at 1:44 am
H-dropping is really common in British English, yet British people like to bitch about Americans dropping the H sound in a single word. Irony? Hypocrisy? You tell me!
November 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm
Amen, James. Amen.
November 19, 2014 at 12:58 pm
Reminds me of arguing with friends over “tournament”. Tour vs turn. You didn’t even touch on the big ones. The sometimes silent h in “herb”, depending on nationality. Hour, honest and other words starting with a silent h, yet we don’t say “Ouse” for house, etc. and of course, my all time favorite, “colonel”.
November 19, 2014 at 1:26 pm
A friend and I got into a debate about whether phoenix is spelled phoenix or phenix. Turns out, both ways are correct. What a load of coxen!
November 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm
Colonel is an interesting one, indeed. I thought it was phonetically derived from the French coronel, while the Spanish/Italian colonel from column was used for writing the word.
Corps and corpse is also quite odd. We Dutchies pronounce the p and the s for both words. They would think you were talking about the game (that to them sound like) ‘Blast Core’ when you actually mean ‘Blast Corps’.
November 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm
Most (or even all) silent-H words come from French, where initial h’s are never pronounced.
November 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm
Ugh, try learning french.
November 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm
No YKWB? for over two years and then all of a sudden, two episodes in a month. Hey, I ain’t complaining. Now all we need is new Board James and everything will be right in Cinemassacre world.
November 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm
Wow, you have to be shitting me. Another bullshit episode!
November 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm
What pisses me off is how Americans think Canadians say ‘aboot’ instead of ‘about’. I never even heard of this until I saw the South Park movie, now everyone assumes we say it like that, it really sounds more like ‘aboat’ than ‘aboot’. HAha!
November 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm
Only newfies and other maritimers say aboot. From drinking all that skreech
November 19, 2014 at 2:33 pm
Hehe, I know. And maybe sometime I will tell you how to pronounce “Frankenstein” and “Hans”. DESTOROYAH 😀 . Just fun.
November 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm
Speaking of pronOUNCiation. Why do you replace T’s with D’s all the time? Mountain is moudin, fountain is foudin, important is importid
November 19, 2014 at 4:04 pm
It’s similar to how we say “budder” instead of “butter,” just with an n, which makes the d nasalized in pronunciations such as “moudin.” 🙂
November 19, 2014 at 4:05 pm
“We” meaning most Americans. Sorry.
November 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm
LOL – suck our coxen! Fuckin awesome.
November 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm
I totally agree. I´m a foreigner too, and it´s pretty hard to get all the english words right. Worcester-Sauce, it´ll always be a mystery to me… Well, my native language (German) isn´t better in this regard, but there are plenty of difficult languages out there, trying to embarrass you. 😉
November 19, 2014 at 3:24 pm
Penis, pl. “penes”, vagina, pl. “vaginae”.
What’s up with people saying “fo-ward”, instead of “for’ward”?
Love the “Hice”… that cracked me up!
November 19, 2014 at 4:06 pm
So the singular of “rice” is “rouse,” right? 🙂
November 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm
That’s definitely James, as it has been since the start.
November 19, 2014 at 3:44 pm
Hellyeah! I tought I was the only one having issues with this
November 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm
1) as was said in the AVGN movie, what is it with you and fecal material?
2) the poopy hat isn’t really funny, it’s just dumb. I liked the narration without the “host” better.
Okay, I’ll toss in one more… this was not the best of the BS episodes.
Funnily enough I learned that it’s “pronunciation” instead of “pronounciation” right in the title – can’t believe I never saw it before…
November 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm
This is why I idolize James, he’s thinking in ways differently from others and points out the flaws of this world while not giving a flying fuck about anyone else’s opinion as long as he can disprove them. Just like I always do.
November 19, 2014 at 4:44 pm
Probably from words originating from other languages.
November 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm
Yeah, a strange thing this English language. A lot is borrowed from the French and so there are a lot of silent letters, or combinations that don’t sound the same (ou).
Btw, anyone know what “ghoti” means?
Oh, and I’d like to challenge James at reading http://ncf.idallen.com/english.html
November 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm
Yes, ghoti means “fish.” 🙂 But a lot of strange letter combinations aren’t from French, but native to English: wh, wr, gh, kn, and many more are all native. There are more strange things native to English than borrowed from other languages.
November 19, 2014 at 7:54 pm
Although there are also many weird combinations from Greek: ps, pn, pt, mn, bd, rh, etc….
You know what’s bullshit? When bullshit-man runs out of things to call bullshit on….. bottom of the barrel material here.
November 19, 2014 at 5:01 pm
You know what’s bullshit? That the LATEST VIDEOS doesn’t have a NEXT button.
November 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm
Because poor literacy is KEWL!
November 19, 2014 at 7:31 pm
The bullshit man mask has seen better days.
November 19, 2014 at 7:34 pm
Awesome vid \o/
November 19, 2014 at 8:05 pm
p.s. this video was hilarious too by the way. I love the “how bout a silent F-U” part….dude I died on that one.
November 19, 2014 at 9:40 pm
It IS bullshit! Great vid. 🙂
November 19, 2014 at 11:06 pm
Hey James, I know I give you shit occasionally for your accent and how you say things, but I’m going to back you up on some of this stuff.
1) Review; with this word, both you and “the others” are right. It’s like record (as in a vinyl record) and record (as in I am recording some video tapes). They refer to two different things. You REview videogames and criticize them, then we watch your reviews online. (See how that works?)
2) Bury; I pronounce bury the same way as you and believe “the others” wrong on this one.
3) Pronounce vs Pronunciation; this one you’re wrong. There’s no “O” in pronunciation.
Lastly, english is very much bullshit. There are inconsistencies, rules, exceptions to the rules, exceptions to the exceptions, and exceptions to the exceptions of the exceptions. Nevertheless, it is a very popular language, and language is a very powerful tool. It allows us to express and share our thoughts and ideas that would otherwise never leave the confines of our own minds. I strive to follow the rules of the language to the best of my ability because I respect it, that’s all.
That said, you’re still right. English is still bullshit. 😛
November 20, 2014 at 12:07 am
“What’s the plural of cock? Coxen?” Haha! Too funny.
November 20, 2014 at 12:31 am
should have mentioned computer meese
November 20, 2014 at 12:32 am
its funny how i noticed your pronunciation of bury not too long ago, but it is also weird that i say berry lol
November 20, 2014 at 12:42 am
Thank you James. You have always pronouced shit the way I thought It should be said. Who gives a fuck anyway how it should be said. Oh thats right the fucking interrnet. Come on now someone hurry the fuck up and correct all the fuck ups in this comment. Winner gets a big fuck you from me, you see my name bitches. Conglaturation….Fucktards….
November 20, 2014 at 12:48 am
😀 Great now i prossess Dracula’s Rib for myself
November 20, 2014 at 1:37 am
I felt this was a nice tribute to Gallagher. I think about this stuff all the time.
November 20, 2014 at 1:48 am
English is bullshit; that much is especially apparent when learning another language. When Japanese is written out in hiragana or katakana, there’s no debate on how to pronounce it. Then again, kanji is bullshit. I’m sure there’s some bullshit to every language out there, but English is especially messed up. Then again, as a fan of various media, I’m thankful to be fluent in it. I’ve never had issue with the way you talk James. I always just assumed you speak a different dialect.
November 20, 2014 at 3:05 am
Is this why you mispronounce the names of all the gamera monsters????
November 20, 2014 at 3:36 am
Why is it bra and panties? Why isn’t it panty, is she wearing more than one pair?
November 20, 2014 at 5:50 am
Lol …. It just sounds better.
November 21, 2014 at 10:28 pm
something to do with the leg holes
November 22, 2014 at 1:52 am
If it’s a PAIR of PANTIES, that’d be why it’s plural.
November 20, 2014 at 4:24 am
What, he didn’t mention someone calling out his pronunciation of “wolf” as “woof?” I like his Philly accent, give him a break.
November 20, 2014 at 8:35 am
My brother always complained about these things so I instantly sent him this video. 🙂 I agree that every language has its strange ways and sometimes I wonder how difficult it could be for foreigners to learn Hungarian, my native language. We also have so many dumb ways when it comes to pronunciation and spelling.
November 20, 2014 at 12:56 pm
James is from New Jersey originally, that’s his accent. And yeah, it gets kinda funny when he starts talking about ‘werewoofs’. 😉
November 20, 2014 at 10:49 am
If you make at a “Look at all these Meese” shirt, I will buy it.
February 12, 2015 at 10:36 pm
Here you go!
November 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm
wow that was accually a very good subject!
I almost forgot to laugh because it was so fucking interesting!!!
You guys freak me out!
November 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm
Great video James, but I bet you have no excuse for your pronunciation of the word “mountain.” It comes out sounding like MOWDEN!
November 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm
Haha, this reminds me doesn’t James often pronounce Wolf as like Wuff?
Anyways Awesome Stuff.
Oh James, if you think English is bullshit, you should try to learn Russian. Because English’s bullshiteness doesn’t even come close to the tremendous levels of bullshiteness that is Russian. And Russian is my native language, so I know. English is like a fucking baby talk compared to it.
November 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm
A lot of people are criticizing the way you say “mountain” and the like, but I honestly think that’s just a Philly thing. I say it the same way and never noticed there was anything wrong with the way you say it. I don’t say “buddin” like you to for “button”, but my sister does. People give me shit for the way I say things all the time, so I feel you on this episode. Surprised you didn’t bring up anything about “wooder” though, considering how relevant it is to the area 😛
November 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm
What baffles me to no end is the pronunciation of Leicester.
Leicester = LESTER? What the fuck! There’s an entire word omitted there. What did “ICE” ever do to anyone?
Was it so repugnant?
November 20, 2014 at 6:43 pm
Fuck you, Rolfe. It’s conSOLE, not conSUL. A consul is a Roman gov’t official. A conSOLE is what you play video games on. Do you say “center consul” when you’re in your car? If you do, YOU shut the hell up and learn some English.