Today’s prompt “Epitome” reminded me of probably the most gut-busting moment of hilarity I can recall in my scholastic career. I was in college, and all BBA students were required to take Speech/Public Speaking as a required course, considering how much public speaking they’d be doing in their future careers. There were four required speeches in the class, the first three on predetermined topics, and the last one could be about anything you wanted. You could talk for 10 minutes about the joys of baking cookies if you wanted to. Well. This girl, we’ll call her “Betsy” (not her real name), got up there and started waxing rhapsodic about how much she just loved Britney Spears. I know. Anyway, she’s really going, chugging right along, and then it happened. She called Ms. Spears the “epitome of teen pop perfection.”
The “ep-eye-tome of teen pop perfection.”
I was dying. Someone next to me had to get up and leave the room before they burst into hysterical laughter right in front of her. “Betsy” had absolutely no idea what people were snickering about, and after she sat down in her seat following a raucous standing ovation that you can probably tell was 99.9% sarcasm, the teacher quickly restored order, reminding everyone we were adults, not 6th graders. Still, it was fucking hysterical. It remains, to this day, the absolute most memorable mispronunciation I’ve ever heard in my entire life.