"Realtor" is a two-letter word, I promise
This is something that never ceases to irritate me, despite the fact that I should probably be immune to it by now.
The word "REALTOR" has two syllables, not three. I realize the confusion, since it's spelled "Realtor", yet pronounced "Realtor". Sorry to be sarcastic here.
It's not pronounced "real-uh-ter". You cannot buy a vowel.
I hear this from many people in the industry as well, sometimes from lenders and title companies. Occasionally, I hear it from licensed Realtors as well.
I was thinking of turning the tables on other industries when I hear people mispronounce this word. I will tell them that I have a doc-a-tor appointment, or that they need to meet with a len-a-der to see about getting pre-approved for financing. God forbid that we ever have to consult a law-a-yer, or a chiroprac-a-tor.
I realize it may seem petty for me to mention this, but it's my sincere aim to inform and help my friends (and even some non-friends).
If it makes you feel better, I get equally bothered by non-word usage, including the following somewhat prevalent examples that I hear way too often:
- "anyways" - not really the right word. It's "anyway". This one even managed to make it into some dictionaries because so many people said it. Still wrong.
- "orientated" - not a word at all - it's "oriented".
- "conversate" - this was formerly limited to the truly ignorant, but I heard someone use this the other day and almost did a full-on spit take
- "irregardless" - it's just "regardless", no "ir" needed or used here.
- "utilize" - this is sort of the pretentious version of "use". I learned somewhere from a writing teacher "don't utilize utlize, use use."
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