Lately, something has begun to annoy me as I sit in front of the flat screen. It’s those short words that actually have two syllables but increasingly get reduced to one. Number one on the list is poem. I actually listened to a radio program on PBS not long ago to a guest poet who kept saying “pome” and “potry” for “po-em” and “po-etry.” Wonder if he ever writes “limricks”? After listening only long enough to switch the channel, I jumped from frying pan into fire as I heard a Realtor keep referring to himself as a “Rillator” and a “rill estate agent.” Or, how about a TV presenter who talked about going to a “line” preserve in Africa? Was he looking for the rare and dangerous “parallel line”?
I would like people to send me other examples of lost syllables they run across. Drop me a line (not a lion) in the comments for this short post.