Recently I was in a meeting with a couple of people, including the owner of Bridgetech Systems, which is a computer company I’ve been dealing with for years. We were discussing the roll-out of a brand new computer network at work.
Throughout the meeting, I repeatedly made the same two mistakes:
1) Whenever I wanted to say “Bridgetech” I said “Bridgehead.” (For those of you outside of Canada, Bridgehead is a collection of Canadian-owned fair trade coffee houses.)
2) Whenever I wanted to say XP (as in Windows XP), I said “XUP.”
The harder I tried to stop doing this, the more I did it.
I think Doug, the owner of Bridgetech, had encountered the Bridgehead error before, but XUP was a new one for him.
I suppose I could have explained. I could have said “Oh I have this blogger friend and her name is XUP, short for Ex Urban Pedestrian, and some people pronounce it Sup, and some people pronounce it Zoop, but I pronounce it X-U-P.” But I didn’t feel like getting into it, so I said nothing.
The other thing I always mix up is RSVP. I say RRSP instead.
My old boyfriend, Henry, could never say millennium. He always said minnellium. 1999 was a difficult year for him.
Do you have a word you always get wrong, even though you know what the right word is?
(P.S. A little birdie told me that XUP thinks I’m mentioning GC too often on my blog, so I’m going to mention XUP every day for the rest of November.)