Oh the wonders of accents. There’s “detail” and there is also… “de-tail”.

Or, at least, that is how it sounds to me. First I heard it a few weeks ago in an American film designed to introduce oceanography to people, but since then I’ve noticed it in so many different places that it is scary. Especially scary since it does sound as if they say that were “de-tailing” *something*…

This is, I actually believe, the first time that an accent manages to confuse me so much.

Confuse? Yes, because every time I hear it said like that, my mind asks: “Why don’t you like that tail?”

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