Do you correct people when they use the word "Real-A-Ter"?

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Do you correct people when they use the word "Real-A-Ter"?

I hear people use the term "Real-A-Ter" when pronouncing the word Realtor, and I actually do not correct them ALL them time.

It depends on who they are, if I know them or not, etc.  I may just let it go sometimes, but other times I don't want to come across as being condescending, yet at the same time I would like to spare them any embarrassment in the future by politely pointing out the correct pronunciation of the word.

How do you handle that when it happens, and what approach do you take?

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Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
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Ralph, I would never correct anyone for mispronouncing any word, but I try to use the word when I am speaking to them and pronounce it correctly.............sometimes it works, sometimes......not so much.

July 02, 2010 11:08 AM
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Rita Fong
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I am like Roger, #2, I will not correct them.  But I will pronounce it correctly as I speak to them, maybe they will catch it, if they don't, there is nothing I can do about it.  Not everyone likes to be corrected.

July 02, 2010 12:43 PM
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Pamela Cendejas
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Hi Ralph - If it's my husband or someone who works for me, I will correct them.  Otherwise, I just grin and bear it.

July 02, 2010 02:30 PM
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Ralph,  As a retired court reporter, I never correct speech unless it's one of my kids.  I notice it, and like the comments before me, I will try to work in the correct pronunciation.

Have a great weekend!

July 03, 2010 08:13 AM
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Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
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Hi Ralph. When they say it infront of me I repeat the word but correctly. That way their ego is not insulted.

July 03, 2010 02:26 PM
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E.J. "Mike" Carlier
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Why bother?  It's like trying to convince slow drivers that they should be in the right lane.  For every one you correct, there will be ten more taking their place.  Besides, does it realaly matter?

 

July 04, 2010 10:14 AM
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Cindy Bryant
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No, we just call that Texas speak...lol

July 13, 2010 12:01 AM
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Marie Bumback
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Pick your battles, Ralph!  Even some most-excellent agents refer to themseves as Real-a-ters!  I say it correctly, and hope others will learn frome example.

July 15, 2010 01:51 PM
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