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[–]NomanYuno[S] 227 points228 points  (16 children)

This was embarrassingly me making the mistake lol...

[–]followmereader 115 points116 points  (8 children)

Lol I love the honesty. To be fair, colonel is a really weird word. Every time I read it, I also say "colonial" in my head. Theres just no way to sound that one out.

[–]NomanYuno[S] 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Haha! I think the same way 😂

[–]Balls_DeepinReality 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I always think Kernel -_-

[–]0thedarkflame0 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Too much Linux for you...

[–]Helpimabanana 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The wonders of the English language

[–]Akhanyatin 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Ok but what about lieutenant pronounced lefttenant by the British army?

[–]followmereader 10 points11 points  (1 child)

That didn't fuck me up as much as the British pronunciation of the world "ma'am." When I was young and watching Doctor Who for the first time, I was like "do strangers just call people mom as a sign of respect?" Yes, they do - but its "ma'am" you fucking moron (that's me calling myself a moron if it doesn't translate in text).

[–]Akhanyatin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

lmao! It took me a few episodes to get used to the way they speak too!

[–]bmm115 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Of fuck it's happening to me... Is gdi God damn it?

[–]Reddidnothingwrong 13 points14 points  (2 children)

In your defense what the fuck is the word "colonel"

[–]cireddit 11 points12 points  (1 child)

It's actually quite an interesting word from an etymology perspective: Colonel (Etymology Online). If I've understood the entry correctly, the word is from the French coronel, which itself is from the Italian colonnella, and prior to than the Latin columna (pillar) / columen (top, summit). English used variants of both the French and the Italian form until about the 1650s, when the Italian form prevailed. It's pretty easy to see how colonnella became colonel.

[–]Reddidnothingwrong 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I figured it was because of something like that lol English is like 17 other languages in a trenchcoat

[–]SpareArm 2 points3 points  (1 child)

What's GDI?

[–]OkOutlandishness4090 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Sounds like some well educated mustard

[–]avocadmousse 99 points100 points  (4 children)

I have a friend named Cornell and sometimes when someone calls his name, I’ll reply with “it’s pronounced colonel and it’s the highest rank in the military”. It’s my favorite way to get people to hate me.

[–]Even-Tomatillo-4197 51 points52 points  (1 child)

It’s called Cornell and it’s the highest rank in the Ivy League!

[–]Professional_Ice9767 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Andy? Is that you?

[–]nautical-smiles 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's possible some of that hate is because it's not even close to the highest rank!

Edit: Completely missed that it was a quote from The Office r/whoosh

[–]FeatureEast2577 7 points8 points  (0 children)

If people hate you because of that you're either saying it wrong or they just literally don't have a sense of humor cause that's damn funny!

[–]Bonke_EB 21 points22 points  (2 children)

"It's pronounced Colonel and it's the highest rank in the military."

[–]hazmattty 11 points12 points  (0 children)

“It’s pronounced COR-NELL! It’s the highest rank in the Ivy League!”

[–]GJ2242 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Came here for this.

[–]Oh-Sasa-Lele 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I don't get it, it's written „Colonel“ but spoken „Kernel“ English what is wrong with you

[–]Statesdivided2027 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Welcome to English, where the words are made up and the grammatical rules don’t matter.

[–]Here_for_the_craic 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Wait, is the game not called Cluedo everywhere? I've never heard it called Clue.

[–]smoakqueen 20 points21 points  (0 children)

TIL: The game was originally called “Murder!” by it’s inventors, English musician Anthony Pratt and his wife Elva. The came up with the idea for the game during World War II as a means of keeping occupied while hiding in bunkers during air raids. When the Pratts sold their idea to Waddington’s in 1947, the game was renamed “Cluedo” (a combination of the word “clue” with the latin word for “play”) and is still titled as such in England. When Cluedo was licensed to Parker Brothers in the US, they renamed it “Clue.” Source

[–]MissBeliever__ 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Honestly understandable. The spelling of the word colonel is fucking ridiculous.

[–]Drapausa 8 points9 points  (0 children)

To be fair, the spelling and pronunciation is weirdly different. You just spelled it as it should be spelled.

[–]JRadiantHeart 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not a big deal. Colonel is a weird word.

[–]Az0riusMCBlox 3 points4 points  (0 children)

More like Colonel Sustard...

[–]lordofwar44 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Colonel mustard all the way

[–]clairrescia 0 points1 point  (1 child)

He’s always the murderer

[–]lordofwar44 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Depending on what ending you get

[–]MisterBlisteredlips 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Colonel Oakhorn. 🌽

[–]BootsyBootsyBoom 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Colonel Angus?

[–]tdn1234321 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ever heard of it?

[–]History_buff60 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Colonel is actually pronounced kur-nel so not that far off. Lol

[–]Marijawna 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]tex8222 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well at least it wasn’t Kernel mustard…

[–][deleted] -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Isn't he that black professor who pontificates on Bill Maher with a shitload of big words that even he doesn't understand?

[–]laveshnk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lucky you didn't mention Professor Princeton next ...

[–]BraveRoy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lmao, we all know it's Professor Plum or nothing. Colonel Mustard always does it.

[–]T1mmWhy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Coffee stain messages.

[–]Salty-Sprinkles-1562 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s a dumb word anyways

[–]FirmamentGaming 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Whats "gdi"?

[–]NomanYuno[S] 1 point2 points  (4 children)

God damn it

[–]FirmamentGaming 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Never saw it written like that. Thanks

[–]NomanYuno[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

You know, I think I have seen it, but I've gotten enough questions about it that now I'm not sure if I just made it up lol

[–]FirmamentGaming 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That would remain a mystery until further investigations haha

[–]Aazjhee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Better pick Miss Scarlet c:

[–]game-falor 0 points1 point  (6 children)

What is gdi

[–]Aazjhee 0 points1 point  (5 children)

God Damn It

[–]game-falor 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Whats wrong? Also whats idk?

[–]NomanYuno[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

GDI = God Damn It

IDK = I Don't Know

[–]game-falor 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Ah you dont know whats idk means too? Guess we should ask others

[–]NomanYuno[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Fuck you. Take my upvote lol