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Okay, we all know that Megamind has a pronunciation problem, but is it a speech impediment?  I think not!!!  I mean think about it, the words he mispronounces are words that have a spelling contradictory to their pronunciation.   See below!

 Below are the following words Megamind mispronounces:

School - If you think about it, it's spelled pretty funny.  Megamind says it (sh-chool), pronouncing the "sch" as it would be in "schmuck" or "Schlotzky's"   (Which BTW, is my 2nd fav sub place).     And I can honestly say, If I saw that word for the first time, I would pronounce it the same way.

Melancholy - Which Megamind says as (Me-lahn- koly) When I first head it in the movie, I didn't think he mispronounced it and just thought it was a word I didn't know.  But after watching the movie a few times, I realized what he was trying to say.  And I believe his pronunciation wasn't far off.  I probably pronounced it the same way when I first read it.  I wouldn't blame him for doing the same.

Hello - Megamind says as (o-llo).  I think this mistake is from him being socially inept.  I mean, who else is there to talk to besides Minion?  And I'm sure he's never greeted anyone on the phone before. So there was no reason for him to ever use the word.  Plus I'm sure everyone here loves the way he says ollo.  I know I've been greeting everyone that way lately. 

Metrocity - I really think he pronounces it this way on purpose.  It sound very similar to "atrocity" which means heinous.   I kind of like how he pronounces it too.

Revenge -  Okay, this one looks like it should be pronounced the way it looks.  And... I got nothing for this one.  My only guess is that he is pronouncing the "venge" based on it's pronunciation in a different word or language.   That, or the person who taught him the word mispronounced it as well.   I'm sure they talked a lot about "revenge" in prison, and for a prison that for the criminally gifted, some of them seem pretty slow.

And I'm not sure if he mispronounced any more words, did he?

Well, my basic point here, is that I think that Megamind mispronounces words simply because there wasn't anyone to correct him (excluding Minion).  I'm sure Megamind learned most of his vocab through reading books instead of through conversation and didn't have a dictionary to look each word up with.  So basically, he guessed their pronunciation and just went with it.

And that, everyone, is my theory.

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sharelle
Feb. 6th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
I agree with all your reasons! Most of them were pretty much what I thought too.

As for "re-vahnge" . . . I'm pretty sure that one was on purpose too. It sounded like he was saying it that way just to get under Metro Man's skin.
animefreakkatie
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, I kinda thought so too. I just don't like the thought of a genius mispronouncing words. It just doesn't fit.
sharelle
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
I think that was what got to me too! Don't get me wrong, it's adorable, but do you really want to build a character up as a genius and then have him do things like that?

So I tend to think more are intentional rather than bumbling mispronunciations. Even elitist, in a way - especially the "shool" one. He probably keeps at it out of stubbornness, and the feeling that everyone else is in the wrong. I can just picture young Megamind ranting to Minion about the mindless drones' imbecilic butchering of their own language:

"They're fickle and inconsistent, Minion! They don't correct each other when saying 'schnauzer' or 'Schmidt,' now do they? Honestly, there isn't a sholar among them!"
raspberryseedz
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Meh, I never had a problem with it. Yeah, he's a genius but he's a genius that hasn't been socialized properly. Some of the most book-smart people I know will accidentally mispronounce things, sometimes they even know that's not how you pronounce it, it just came out wrong cuz they never said it aloud before. Granted, that's usually not with simple words like "Hello" but, I digress...

The "shool" thing I'm pretty sure he keeps out of stubbornness/habit. He catches himself before pronouncing it wrong when talking to Roxanne... actually I wonder how often that happened, if he was able avoid mispronouncing things around her or if she was correcting his pronunciation of and on throughout their lil outings.
threequarterfox
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, frankly his self correction of Shool/School in there was my personal proof that his Bernard persona is JUST as fake as his Megamind Villain persona.
raspberryseedz
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
I always interpreted it as him starting to become better socialized. One of the main characteristics of the way we as humans interact is that we have the ability to analyze and process not only what people say to us, but what we say to other people. Megamind starting to self-edit what he says instead of blurting out whatever pronunciation he felt like using struck me as him breaking out of his own bubble more and learning how to converse, well, the way normal people do.

Now, you can certainly argue that that kind of self-correction was motivated by a lie and therefore indicative that Megamind's entire performance as Bernard was a lie, and you'd be 100% valid IMO. But, frankly you could go around in circles for like, ever, trying to pin down what the "real" Megamind is vs. the "fake" Megamind (ugh, existentialism...). The fact that he tells her a very touchy, very personal, very true tidbit about his childhood right after when he could've made up anything says more to me than the lil cover up (which people do all the time anyhow).

Gah, I'm rambling again. I'll stop now xD
threequarterfox
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
I think it's a combination of learning from books instead of from people (eg Melancholy), and also "fixing" words that make a statement or a pun (eg Metrocity).

I put that in one of my fics, where he was saying "Invisible not in-audio-ble". He tries to parse some words and they just come out.... different.
animefreakkatie
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
oh! I know which fic your talking about. And yeah, that's basically my point I guess.
threequarterfox
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Yay! You read it!

I actually have the "um, you said that wrong" thing happen to me on random occasions, so I know how he feels.

Plus... puns are fun. Why not have more of them?
raspberryseedz
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
The way he says "Re-vahnge" always left me with a kindof faux-French vibe. Actually, there a few times (not all the time) when he says Minion's name where he slightly drops off the last 'n' the way the French language pronounces things... the man's vocal inflections are all over the place xD

Another clue that Megamind pronounces things simply from not conversing very often: the "potato-tomato-potato-tomato" line. The analogy doesn't work at all unless you change the pronunciation of the words but if you'd only read it, not heard it aloud, you wouldn't know that.
sharelle
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
Hahaha! I always get the biggest kick out of that "potato-tomato" line for exactly that reason!

And you're spot-on about how he pronounces Minion's name too!
animefreakkatie
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
Oh yes, there's that potato tomato one too. That one kinda urks me. And about how Megamind doesn't pronounce the n in Minion's name, I didn't catch that. I'll have to check that when I get my dvd.
raspberryseedz
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
I think it's most prominent during the "You're forgetting your place, Minion!" bit. Just like demishock mentioned, mostly he just says it the way an American might pronounce "mignon", like min-yawn, but with enough of an 'n' sound at the end. And sometimes he uses 'min-yun' the way minion is usually pronounced. *shrug*
badplanmobile
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
I definitely agree! Also, SO GLAD I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE SAYING OLLO NOW.
threequarterfox
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
Oh, visit the Megamind!blast. We are saying Ollo to everyone these days.
animefreakkatie
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
what is this Megamind!blast you speak of? link please
demishock
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
I agree, for the most part. I also think that people have tried to correct him over the years and it just hasn't really stuck. I say this because there are some words he pronounces both correctly AND incorrectly, the most prominent of which are the "Man" in "Metro Man" - which he sometimes pronounces as "mahn" (rhymes with "on") - and even Minion's own name, which he pronounces like the "mignon" in "fillet mignon" (min-yawn) during the argument scene.
animefreakkatie
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
I think he called him Metro "mahn" as an insult. Otherwise, it wouldn't make sense that he can say man regularly everywhere else but not in his name. That also goes for the way he pronounces Metrocity. He says "Metro" right in "Metro Man" so why can't he in "Metro City"?
coolevil
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
There was also a part where he says, "look at these mool-dings," instead of mouldings. I think mouldings looks like it could be pronounced that way! :)
sykospark
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
Happens to me all the time - I'm an avid reader but never heard many of the words in person, so I end up mispronouncing them. It's embarrassing, but it happens.
wicked_seraph
Feb. 7th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
Me too. It's embarrassing, but I do blame it partially on the fact that more creative speech isn't terribly encouraged :>
megapotterhead
Feb. 7th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
I agree! I never thought it was a speech impediment, because I know that I used to pronounce "melancholy" and "meloncholy" before my mom told me how to say it.
wicked_seraph
Feb. 7th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
I'm very much like Megamind in that (at risk of sounding arrogant) while I have a fairly good vocabulary, I rarely have an opportunity to hear and use the words I've read. Very rarely is something pronounced the way I'd imagined it. The vowel is the wrong "length" (long vowels where there should be short ones, and vice versa) and/or I stress the wrong syllable.

For example: epitome, in my head, was "ep-ih-TOHME".

I'd never made the connection between the pronunciation of "stingy" and the actual word until (I'm ashamed to admit) late in high school. I've always been good at reading - I just never saw it printed until then. In Spanish, one of the words we learned was tacaño, meaning "stingy", but I'd always mentally pronounced it "sting-ey" rather than "stin-jee", and thus had no fucking clue what the word meant. I knew it was the opposite of generous, so I had a general idea of what it meant... but fuck, I still have no idea how I missed the bus on pronunciations of words.

/cool story, sis.
legendaryair
Feb. 26th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
I know I'm late to the party, but I had to chime in! I do this all the time, haha, and so does my hubby. (I did it more when I was little, since I started reading at 3 but didn't get to practice words much. Read words kids!)

I laughed at your post because I did the exact same thing with "epitome" and "stingy," and another one that always got me was "clandestine." It looks like "CLAN-de-steen," why would you pronounce it "clan-DEH-stin"? Gah! ^_^;
(Anonymous)
Feb. 7th, 2011 07:22 am (UTC)
Hola + Hello = OLLO!
joanhello
Feb. 7th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
Darn you for making so much sense. I had been working on a theory of how the language of his home planet, which he is hard-wired for, had a bias toward the lower-pitched vowels, the ooo and uuu sounds and that therefore his mispronunciations tended to either substitute a lower vowel for a higher one ("ollo") or to shift the emphasis from a higher vowel to a neighboring lower one ("Metrocity"). This theory does not, however, account for the "shool" mispronunciation, while yours does, so yours clearly wins.
Nathan Forester
Feb. 28th, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
I agree with whatever else has said here..in a way that's kind of contradicting how the words are spelled in contrast to how they are pronounced, especially from Megs's standpoint.

In a way...this does kind of remind me a bit of that SNL monologue with Chris Walken singing 'Let's Call The Whole Thing Off'.
jax4022
Mar. 15th, 2014 02:54 am (UTC)
Another word
He also mispronounces "spider" as "spee-yi-der".
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