Maybe it's just an Oklahoma thing, but I've noticed something recently that just bugs the heck out of me. The word is pronounced so-shul, NOT so-sul. And it's not just one person that says this constantly, it's many people I know over the age of 40. But they only say so-sul when it's combined with security. So, they'll say So-sul Security, but NOT not mess up the pronounciation of Social Darwinism, socialite, or any other reference with the word social in it.
I also seem to find that people over the age of 65 say huh-why-yuh instead of huh-why-e. I know both are technically correct but why do only old people say yuh? Now, I'm not saying that I pronounce words correctly all of the time. In fact, there are certain words that I avoid saying because I'm not sure how to pronounce them (e.g., on the spot I can never remember if it's ventriloquist or venquilotrist. Luckily, this word very rarely, if ever, comes up in conversation.). And a lot of the time I say words incorrectly because it's just something I do. But for gosh sake, if I ever make a huge mistake like saying "pacifcally" in place of "specifically", or (my favorite) "suh-men-ster" for "semester", TELL ME!!! Please! You'll save me a lot of embarrassment down the road.
I was caught mispronouncing carbonara as car-bone-uh. But as I look at the Meriam-Webster Dictionary pronounciation, D. didn't say it right, either. Infinitely closer than my interpretation, though. The sad thing is that this is my favorite Lean Cuisine dish and no one at work has ever mentioned me leaving out a syllable when I say it. Or maybe they just don't know, either.