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5/12/11 / Monotonous

“Don’t patronize me!”

Every time I hear the phrase “Don’t patronize me!” or some variant thereof on television shows or in movies, I wonder to myself about a possible dilemma.

The proper use of the word “patronize” in this context is pronounced pat-ronize, and not pate-ronize, as most people I’ve heard use it say it. So as a writer for these television shows, what do you do?

Do you portray the speaker as an average American, who most likely does not know the correct pronunciation, and have them say pate-ronize? Or do you make your show seem more intelligent and detail-oriented by using the proper pronunciation of pat-ronize?

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