10.19.09 Personal

My MUST-ACHE

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've always known I have the distinct propensity to incorrectly pronounce a word. I've accepted it. Afterall, I have immigrant parents who commonly use the words like sangwich...frash light...banning suit. I can remember the first time I visited Palm Springs with my dad like it was yesterday. It was blazing hot, so he and I walked into a sundries store and he wanted a sparkling water. May I have a Perr-Ree-Err, please? Bewildered, the girl behind the counter had no idea what he was talking about. He asked for it again, but raised his voice as if she was hearing impaired, causing everyone in the store to look our way. She still wore a big question mark over her head. When he pointed to a small green bottle, I jumped in and saved my ego from further embarrassment. Perrier...my dad wants a PAIR-E-AYE. We walked out of the store and my father laughed until tears rolled down his face. Through his cackling, he turned to me and said, It has an R at the end!?!

A couple months ago, I chatted with a girl who simply couldn't bear with my lazy tongue. I referred to a mustache as Mus-Tash, and she blinked a few times in discomfort. She went on with her story, but when she got to the part when she used the word mustache, she stared intently at me and said Moo-Stahhhsh. Just like that. With raised eyebrows and everything. I stopped her mid-story and told her my lineage would be darn proud of my pronunciation because I have the distinct propensity to look at the word mustache and pronounce it MUST-ACHE


This photo is from last Saturday's wedding in Arizona and it's just a small peek into all the fun we had! We hopped into the photobooth and made our mustaches proud! JD and I are in San Francisco now, as I'm speaking at the Reframe Collective today. I woke up way too early from nerves, but I'm hoping to use the extra time to practice and ensure I can correctly pronounce all my words.
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Life with Kaishon - A wedding photobooth! How fun is that? LOVE it!  11.02.09 - 8:05am
Katy Melling - Ha ha. Love it!!!!  10.29.09 - 7:40am
Tracy - I pronounce it the way you do...I didn't realize that wasn't the right way!  10.23.09 - 6:59am
Elisha Hawryluk - I pronounce it Mus-tash too :)   10.22.09 - 12:45pm
ohana photographers - love the staches! haha!  10.22.09 - 11:15am
Michelle Guzman - So cute!!  10.21.09 - 6:02pm
Events by Evonne - JD's "Moo-Stahhhsh" looked sooooo real! Hahaha... I didn't know that's how you should pronounce the word. I always call is "Mus-Tash" like you do! :) Seriously, it's "Moo-Stahhhsh"?  10.21.09 - 4:48pm
Tonya - Your friedn is wrong and you are right. Mustache is pronounced mus-tash in English, just like you said it. Send her the link: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mustache Great post!! My dad says "am-blee-ance" BTW, for Ambulance and roll-ey coaster for roller coaster.  10.21.09 - 4:40pm
Signature Events by Tania Aguayo - I love it! My mom cannot say 'sirloin' for the life of her. And to this day, I still say that I am going to 'take' my daughter a bath and that my husband needs to 'put down the volume' on the tv (vs. lowering it). I love my hispanic routes!!!!  10.21.09 - 10:10am
stacyZ - Man I thought it was Mus-tash too...OOPS!  10.20.09 - 3:29pm
Heather Mulholland - Wow.. lol I actually think phonetically your supposed to pronounce it 'mus-tash' not 'moo-stash' http://www.thefreedictionary.com/moustache (click on the flag icons after the word) ;) I think your in the right Jasmine :)  10.20.09 - 1:14pm
Lori M - I had no idea some people pronounce it 'moo-stash'! That is just wrong in my books. Long live the MUS-TACHE!  10.20.09 - 1:14pm
Doreen - JD should totally grow one of those!  10.20.09 - 12:28pm
Becky - Umm, my parents aren't immigrants, and my dad & uncles have had moustaches/mustaches for the entirety of my life. I've never heard anyone say "moo-stahhsh". In my book, you had the correct pronunciation--maybe you should move to the midwest.  10.20.09 - 12:11pm
amanda thiessen - LOVE IT!  10.20.09 - 11:53am
Angel Canary - That's too funny! I am from Louisiana (was there the first 27 years of my life) and my husband has taught me how to pronounce a lot of words the right way now...but it's what you grow up with. Oil, Foil, Boil, were all oool, foool and bool lol. We also called our shopping cart a buggy!  10.20.09 - 9:26am
Martha Andrews - So funny! My mom used to do the same thing, though our family had been here a few generations, now that I am getting to mid life, I find myself having pronunciation issues....must be aging brain cells  10.20.09 - 6:19am
Brian Fletcher - Haha....I assisted another photographer at a wedding a few months ago where the Bride and Groom insisted on having the whole bridal party pose for a formal with those stick-staches. Funny stuff :)  10.20.09 - 1:35am
shani barel - and then there's the book my kids love Moosetache about a moose and a...you guessed it, and if links work on comments, here it is http://www.amazon.com/Moosetache-Margie-Palatini/dp/0786811706 and if not...it's Moosetache by Margie Palatini  10.20.09 - 12:43am
Jennifer Rodriguez-Cruz - Just too cute....love all of your posts...just love them :)  10.19.09 - 9:38pm
melissa oholendt - WhatEVER Miss Sassy-MOO-STASH. I say mus-tash too. Let's be friends. Love the photobooth picture. (Ahem...JD's looks borderline real, scary.)  10.19.09 - 8:31pm
Alicia Damron - Love this post! I also say mus-tash, as does everyone in my part of the country. You say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to. Although, I must say, her reaction sounds kind of rude!  10.19.09 - 6:34pm
Christina Gressianu - You guys are so cute!  10.19.09 - 6:11pm
Brandi Lee - I pronounce it the same way as you do! People can be so funny and rude at the same time.  10.19.09 - 4:33pm
Leyla - Oh my... You are hilarious! Since I moved to Canada only 8 years ago, I obviously still have an accent, and of course so do my parents... And they constantly crack us up with the funny way they pronounce certain words.. Thanks for a good laugh Looking forward to the pix from the wedding =)  10.19.09 - 4:23pm
Melissa - I don't think I've heard anyone say it "moo-stash" - love that she couldn't bear to listen to your "bad" pronunciation - whatver!  10.19.09 - 4:11pm
Lydia - It looks like the consensus is mus-tash. And from one Californian to another, yes, that IS how you say it!  10.19.09 - 3:58pm
Laura Lawson - You two are simply too cute for words. I don't know ANYone that pronounces it "moo". Blessings to you in SF! I hear it's rainy in the Bay today so stay dry! Much love  10.19.09 - 3:38pm
julie h - I had that same father daughter experience except we were in a Lebanese restaurant and he was ordering a gyro. He pronounced it GY-RO instead of it proper pronunciation like the european currency the euro. We still laugh about it.  10.19.09 - 3:32pm
violetsky - Too funny! Love San Francisco. Enjoy!  10.19.09 - 3:19pm
Nick - Oh, ho, ho, ho...I have this incorrect pronounciation of words with my American partner all the time as I am English. The reason you are not pronouncing the word correctly is because you all are not spelling it correctly.Tthe word is MOUSTACHE, it is a word with french origins, the spelling is clear and the pronounciation is correct the way your friend with the rude manner and raised eyebrows had it; there is no "MUST" in it. And, while we are all at it, what is this "Standard American English", the language is just English,"ain't no 'Merkin in it.Y'all are just too funny.....funny as all get out!" Nick runs from thread.......  10.19.09 - 2:35pm
Narrelle - LOL. And here I was wondering what was actually wrong with the way you were pronouncing it - I thought you were trying to explain you pronounce it must-ache (as in cake). Don't you go and change one little iota! :)  10.19.09 - 1:54pm
Miranda Renee - Oh my goodness!! That is so funny! The story about your dad cracked me up. Too funny!  10.19.09 - 1:36pm
megmanionsilliker - when i owned a funky cool tea house one of my employees was/is obsessed with mustaches. i swear she started the trend. she had a wall of mustaches she made and would stick one on b/4 waiting on a customer. just because. such fun!  10.19.09 - 1:32pm
Pol - Lol! I would have pronounced it exactly the same way as you did! Nice comeback :) And cute photo  10.19.09 - 1:26pm
rachel darley - hahaha. reminds me of all the embarassing times we've had with our dad (and still do, btw)... I recall a time at Denny's when my dad asked the waiter for a STAW-bebe meel-sheh (that's strawberry milkshake for all the gringos out there). We were all laughing and in tears (including the waiter, he was very gracious and funny, as it turms out). Those were some good times...  10.19.09 - 11:51am
tracy - my mom says 'warshing machine' which drives me crazy!   10.19.09 - 11:45am
Catherine Lorraine - OH MY...Jasmine...! I am on my lunch break sitting at work...everyone is gone and I am laughing straight into my monitor! THANKS for the laugh...I don't care if everyone here thinks I am nuts, I love your blog. What a great Monday this has turned out to be...  10.19.09 - 10:59am
lucy - Do they say pancorn for popcorn and Chonky Cheese for Chucky Cheese too? my parents do..lol  10.19.09 - 10:59am
Connie Sithi - Ah man! I live in SF! I LOVE you and your work and your blog and your dog but couldn't afford this conference. One day I will get to see you speak! Very funny blog today :-)   10.19.09 - 10:50am
Jackie L. - isn't that always the case with immigrant parents? The part of Mexico that my family comes from always pronounches their "ch" with "sh" so for a long a time my mother would say "shicken" and growing up, I would say it just the same.   10.19.09 - 10:42am
Linda Sherrill - Doesn't matter how you say it...you two are just too cute in the photo! I love reading your blogs. You haven't forgotten to have fun! Very refreshing...  10.19.09 - 10:34am
Wanda - I call it must-ash, too. You know, it kinda looks like you have pencils up your noses. I'm just sayin'.  10.19.09 - 10:32am
MelissaF - One of the many things I admire about you is that you don't take crap! That woman was obviously trying to make herself appear superior by correcting your pronunciation (which she is wrong about btw!), but you didn't play into it. To quote Popeye, "I yam what I yam!" and make no apologies for it!! Yay, you!  10.19.09 - 10:32am
Maria - You are awesome! I love that you are proud of who you are and that you didn't let that woman think she was better than you!! Your posts always make my day...Have an awesome day Jasmine! :)   10.19.09 - 10:29am
Alejandra Arroyo - BAHAAAA! Now this was funny b/c I know exactly what you are talking about. Sometimes my lil Mexican accent slips and I just laugh! I can't help it b/c Spanish was my first language and proud of it. You do your thing chica!!  10.19.09 - 10:28am
black white - Love those mustaches!  10.19.09 - 10:24am
Briana Gardell - I'm among the Mus-Tashers out there. Fun photos! I love your work.  10.19.09 - 10:19am
Tara Templeton - So I always pronounce it the same way as you--she is wrong! ha! I was raised with a father with parents from the south who butchered words as well! Tie-ota (Toyota), Tello (hello)...  10.19.09 - 9:54am
mcj - according to merriam-webster (and me. and my mom, who i also consulted), the first standard american english pronunciation is much closer to "mus-tash" than "moo-staahsh". i admire lots of accents, and i love laughing at little language oddities (in myself, particularly), but i sure don't like people that get snooty and "moo-staaaaaashy" about it. ;-) cheers to being and speaking exactly who you are. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mustache  10.19.09 - 9:53am
Kendra - I'm from Pennsylvania and we call them "Mus- tashes" too. I was reading this and trying to figure out why you were saying it wrong. Moo-stahhhsh sounds ridiculous to me. You'd fit in here.  10.19.09 - 9:51am
Stephanie Stewart - Too funny! Can't wait to see the rest of the fun times had at your AZ wedding! You and JD Rock!  10.19.09 - 9:47am
Chad Banning - Ha! A Banning-suit. I wear those all the time. The moo-stash looks very natural on JD. Rock it brotha!  10.19.09 - 9:46am
andrea b - Maybe because I'm Canadian (west coaster) or it's just me...but I pronounce it Must-Ache, always have :)  10.19.09 - 9:44am
Nelly Chung - HAHA! SO FUNNY! You guys are quite the characters! Me like!  10.19.09 - 9:33am
Eileen Bauer - I say MUST ASH as well. I also call a wolf, a woof. No one ever knows what I am talking about! LOL  10.19.09 - 9:25am
Mandi - Ha ha-- I LOVE the emphASis on the wrong syllABle.  10.19.09 - 9:19am
Alexandra - Haha :) This post made me smile :)   10.19.09 - 8:59am
Khristen - Here in the south we just call it a "twang" I saw Mus-tash too :) Come visit us here, you'll fit right in!  10.19.09 - 8:50am
Catie Ronquillo - Looks like JD could totally rock that dastardly must-ash. :) My dad has always pronounced the word airplane as an "err-plane" and says "steer" when he means stir. Love him :)  10.19.09 - 8:25am
Tina - You guys are so funny! I particularly love the way you say "important" :) Good to see you again!   10.19.09 - 8:25am
Amanda - It IS a MUST-ASH. It's all about where you are and what you're used to. Around here we all put our dirty clothes into the WORSH-ER. Push "buggy's" at the super market. And realize that the word "Yinz" refers to all of the people here right now that I am addressing. Different regions have their own little spin on things which is O.K. that way you know when you're speaking to someone from the home crowd - it keeps people close and it's comforting to know that when you meet someone who talks about going DAHN-TAAN (downtown) that you know there is only one town to which they refer - your hometown.  10.19.09 - 8:18am
Ann Christine - That's how I always said Mus - Tash. I will say however when I hear people say "Moo-Stahhhsh I'm thinking of the old Saturday morn. cartoon Rocky& Bo Winiker to pop their heads around the conner w/ MOO-Stahhhshes on & wink at me. LOL.... cause Bo Winiker is a Mose...Thats just me though:) Enjoy Always be true to who you are Loveyaalot's  10.19.09 - 8:15am
Jenni in KS - Um, okay. That's like the woman who insisted to me that the pronunciation of "faux pas" was "fox pass". I double checked the pronunciation of moustache, and yours is most certainly correct. I suppose it might be said "moo-stahsh" in some places (France?), but when speaking English it just sounds snooty:o)  10.19.09 - 8:13am
Sherry - Haha, well, I definitely say mus-tash. I only say moo-stash when I'm faking a French accent. Sometimes, I will pronounce words like they are spelled- to help me spell. :D  10.19.09 - 8:09am