Friday, February 12, 2021

"I feel like we might say our vowels differently": In defense of Seth Meyers on a plural and a pronunciation

Last night, Seth Meyers apologized about grammar and about pronunciation. Grammatically, he'd used the plural "Legos", a noun many treat as uncountable. But in the Corpus of Contemporary American English, "Legos" as the plural is far more common (599 cases) than what LEGO claims is correct, "Lego bricks" (71 cases). Actual usage is a better authority on American English than a Danish company. As for pronunciation, Australians commented that he mispronounced "doof" in Doof Warrior, a character in "Mad Max: Fury Road"; here, Seth himself had the best defense: "I feel like we might say our vowels differently." And that's just generally true about language variation: people use many expressions differently. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 12 February 2021)


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