My friend Shannon--aka loveyh, aka the repository of all big words--and I had a discussion the other day about the word "banal". Specifically, how to pronounce it. I said it's banal, like canal. She said it's banal, like anal. And she said it with a straight face, so I think she really believed it.
Well, as you can imagine, it ended in fisticuffs. And let me tell you, she fights dirty. Once she brought out the brass knuckles, I decided to let the matter drop. Needless to say, it remained unresolved between us. Until now.
See, I'm a clever little monkey (thanks Azhria for that), and utilizing the tools at my disposal--the wonderous Yahoo search window--I typed in "banal definition". And here is what I found. Turns out we're both right. I'm just righter.
Go on, Shannon. Click the little speaker. Do it! I dare ya!!
*Avery goes off in search of smug little emoticon*
What? Hey, it's not often I get to talk smack. I'm usually wrong about these things. Take for instance, the word "betta". You know, the little Siamese fighting fish? I'd always pronounced it beta, like the now defunct type of video tape. (I have no proof of the postulation that they are, in fact, now defunct. I'm just working off assumption they are because NO ONE HAD A BETA PLAYER when they were... funct.)
And she says she's a writer?
Yes. Shut up.
Anyhow, my friend Jillian pronounces it betta, like Jetta. And it turns out she's right.
Hey, what do you want from me? I'm a writer. W-R-I-T-E-R. As long as I spell it correctly, you'll never be any the wiser that I'm a pathetic moron. But I can take comfort that I'm not alone. In fact, I have some rather illustrious company.
I'm looking at you, Oprah.
All of Oregon is looking at you, Oprah.
Yes, Oregon. The place I was born. A proud, if often mispronounced, land of promise and mildew. And banana slugs. And squirrels. Don't forget squirrels. And hippies. Damn, dirty hippies.
It's pronounced O-ri-gun. Not O-REE-gone. O-ri-gun.
There. I'm sure Oprah feels properly put in her place now.
And now that I'm feeling nostalgic, here's a little blast from the past for my peeps in California's Canada.