Okay, there's a new Herbal Essence product that I've seen advertised this week, their Tousle Me Softly collection. And I'm perplexed.
How do you pronounce that word, tousle?
I've always pronounced it to sound like "tossle", but the people on TV are not pronouncing it that way. To settle the dispute, I picked up my handy-dandy American Heritage Dictionary that resides in the night stand drawer, and here's what I found:
Just to be sure that I wasn't losing my mind, I asked Eli how he would pronounce t-o-u-s-l-e, and shook my head and mussed up my hair to give him an idea of the word I meant when he looked at me blankly. And he too pronounced it "tossle."
This bothers me. This is not a Yankee vs. Southerner thing. Where did I get my misinformed pronunciation of the word? I pride myself on being able to pronounce words correctly, at least words that I've heard before though this doesn't seem to be as much of an issue now that I'm older (when I was younger, around 11-12 years-old, I would often mispronounce words that I had read but had never heard, notably "oscillating", "hors d'oeuvres", "ethereal", and "macabre"). Recently it was brought to my attention that I have been mispronouncing "banal" also. Geez. I need to keep my dictionary even closer than my night stand. I should put it in my pocket.
The point here, then, is, how do you pronounce "tousle"? I want to see if there's a trend. Vote in the poll at the top of the right column. Voting ends August 4. Feel free to comment.