I’ve always known I have the distinct propensity to incorrectly pronounce a word. I’ve accepted it. Afterall, I have immigrant parents who commonly use the words like sangwich…frash light…banning suit. I can remember the first time I visited Palm Springs with my dad like it was yesterday. It was blazing hot, so he and I walked into a sundries store and he wanted a sparkling water. May I have a Perr-Ree-Err, please? Bewildered, the girl behind the counter had no idea what he was talking about. He asked for it again, but raised his voice as if she was hearing impaired, causing everyone in the store to look our way. She still wore a big question mark over her head. When he pointed to a small green bottle, I jumped in and saved my ego from further embarrassment. Perrier…my dad wants a PAIR-E-AYE. We walked out of the store and my father laughed until tears rolled down his face. Through his cackling, he turned to me and said, It has an R at the end!?!

A couple months ago, I chatted with a girl who simply couldn’t bear with my lazy tongue. I referred to a mustache as Mus-Tash, and she blinked a few times in discomfort. She went on with her story, but when she got to the part when she used the word mustache, she stared intently at me and said Moo-Stahhhsh. Just like that. With raised eyebrows and everything. I stopped her mid-story and told her my lineage would be darn proud of my pronunciation because I have the distinct propensity to look at the word mustache and pronounce it MUST-ACHE

This photo is from last Saturday’s wedding in Arizona and it’s just a small peek into all the fun we had! We hopped into the photobooth and made our mustaches proud! JD and I are in San Francisco now, as I’m speaking at the Reframe Collective today. I woke up way too early from nerves, but I’m hoping to use the extra time to practice and ensure I can correctly pronounce all my words.

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  1. Christa -

    Love the Mus-tash…I say it like that too

      10.19.09 - 2:49 pm

  2. Kat Forsyth -

    Dude, I thought ALL Americans said "MUS-tash." In South Africa we say "Moo-STAAHSH", but I’ve only ever heard "MUS-tash" on US film and tv. See Beauty & The Beast for reference. "His mustash tickles, Mama." I think that girl was just being full of something.

      10.19.09 - 2:57 pm

  3. Jackie Beale -

    I know exactly what you are talking about Jas LOL, I get called out on stuff like that by my husband ALL THE TIME! Like for example, instead of pronouncing buffet as Ba-fay I say: Boo-fet (you know, spanish accent) lol

      10.19.09 - 2:57 pm

  4. Keri J -

    I’m with you Mus-Tash! She must have sounded crazy πŸ™‚

      10.19.09 - 3:05 pm

  5. Kari Dawson -

    It’s all good, as a Michigander, I/we proudly pronounce the word as MUST-ASH and it would never occur to us that it’s incorrect πŸ™‚ Who doesn’t love a good photo-booth?!?

      10.19.09 - 3:05 pm

  6. Carlos Bruno -

    DON’T! DON’T CHANGE … I came from Brazil and crank me up when I say "fiancΓ©" (FY-and-CE) and the people correct me and I return: well strange you people use other countries words and try to ‘help’ me to say it in YOUR way … hehehehe … abajour … resumΓ© …

      10.19.09 - 3:06 pm

  7. Sherry -

    Haha, well, I definitely say mus-tash. I only say moo-stash when I’m faking a French accent.
    Sometimes, I will pronounce words like they are spelled- to help me spell. πŸ˜€

      10.19.09 - 3:09 pm

  8. Jenni in KS -

    Um, okay. That’s like the woman who insisted to me that the pronunciation of "faux pas" was "fox pass". I double checked the pronunciation of moustache, and yours is most certainly correct. I suppose it might be said "moo-stahsh" in some places (France?), but when speaking English it just sounds snooty:o)

      10.19.09 - 3:13 pm

  9. Ann Christine -

    That’s how I always said Mus – Tash. I will say however when I hear people say "Moo-Stahhhsh I’m thinking of the old Saturday morn. cartoon Rocky& Bo Winiker to pop their heads around the conner w/ MOO-Stahhhshes on & wink at me. LOL…. cause Bo Winiker is a Mose…Thats just me though:) Enjoy Always be true to who you are Loveyaalot’s

      10.19.09 - 3:15 pm

  10. Amanda -

    It IS a MUST-ASH. It’s all about where you are and what you’re used to. Around here we all put our dirty clothes into the WORSH-ER. Push "buggy’s" at the super market. And realize that the word "Yinz" refers to all of the people here right now that I am addressing. Different regions have their own little spin on things which is O.K. that way you know when you’re speaking to someone from the home crowd – it keeps people close and it’s comforting to know that when you meet someone who talks about going DAHN-TAAN (downtown) that you know there is only one town to which they refer – your hometown.

      10.19.09 - 3:18 pm

  11. Tina -

    You guys are so funny! I particularly love the way you say "important" πŸ™‚ Good to see you again!

      10.19.09 - 3:25 pm

  12. Catie Ronquillo -

    Looks like JD could totally rock that dastardly must-ash. πŸ™‚ My dad has always pronounced the word airplane as an "err-plane" and says "steer" when he means stir. Love him πŸ™‚

      10.19.09 - 3:25 pm

  13. Khristen -

    Here in the south we just call it a "twang" I saw Mus-tash too πŸ™‚ Come visit us here, you’ll fit right in!

      10.19.09 - 3:50 pm

  14. Alexandra -

    Haha πŸ™‚ This post made me smile πŸ™‚

      10.19.09 - 3:59 pm

  15. Mandi -

    Ha ha– I LOVE the emphASis on the wrong syllABle.

      10.19.09 - 4:19 pm

  16. Eileen Bauer -

    I say MUST ASH as well. I also call a wolf, a woof. No one ever knows what I am talking about! LOL

      10.19.09 - 4:25 pm

  17. Nelly Chung -

    HAHA! SO FUNNY! You guys are quite the characters! Me like!

      10.19.09 - 4:33 pm

  18. andrea b -

    Maybe because I’m Canadian (west coaster) or it’s just me…but I pronounce it Must-Ache, always have πŸ™‚

      10.19.09 - 4:44 pm

  19. Chad Banning -

    Ha! A Banning-suit. I wear those all the time.

    The moo-stash looks very natural on JD. Rock it brotha!

      10.19.09 - 4:46 pm

  20. Stephanie Stewart -

    Too funny! Can’t wait to see the rest of the fun times had at your AZ wedding! You and JD Rock!

      10.19.09 - 4:47 pm

  21. Kendra -

    I’m from Pennsylvania and we call them "Mus- tashes" too. I was reading this and trying to figure out why you were saying it wrong.

    Moo-stahhhsh sounds ridiculous to me. You’d fit in here.

      10.19.09 - 4:51 pm

  22. mcj -

    according to merriam-webster (and me. and my mom, who i also consulted), the first standard american english pronunciation is much closer to "mus-tash" than "moo-staahsh". i admire lots of accents, and i love laughing at little language oddities (in myself, particularly), but i sure don’t like people that get snooty and "moo-staaaaaashy" about it. πŸ˜‰
    cheers to being and speaking exactly who you are.

      10.19.09 - 4:53 pm

  23. Tara Templeton -

    So I always pronounce it the same way as you–she is wrong! ha! I was raised with a father with parents from the south who butchered words as well! Tie-ota (Toyota), Tello (hello)…

      10.19.09 - 4:54 pm

  24. Briana Gardell -

    I’m among the Mus-Tashers out there. Fun photos! I love your work.

      10.19.09 - 5:19 pm

  25. black white -

    Love those mustaches!

      10.19.09 - 5:24 pm

  26. Alejandra Arroyo -

    BAHAAAA! Now this was funny b/c I know exactly what you are talking about. Sometimes my lil Mexican accent slips and I just laugh! I can’t help it b/c Spanish was my first language and proud of it. You do your thing chica!!

      10.19.09 - 5:28 pm

  27. Maria -

    You are awesome! I love that you are proud of who you are and that you didn’t let that woman think she was better than you!! Your posts always make my day…Have an awesome day Jasmine! πŸ™‚

      10.19.09 - 5:29 pm

  28. MelissaF -

    One of the many things I admire about you is that you don’t take crap! That woman was obviously trying to make herself appear superior by correcting your pronunciation (which she is wrong about btw!), but you didn’t play into it. To quote Popeye, "I yam what I yam!" and make no apologies for it!! Yay, you!

      10.19.09 - 5:32 pm

  29. Wanda -

    I call it must-ash, too. You know, it kinda looks like you have pencils up your noses. I’m just sayin’.

      10.19.09 - 5:32 pm

  30. Linda Sherrill -

    Doesn’t matter how you say it…you two are just too cute in the photo!

    I love reading your blogs. You haven’t forgotten to have fun!
    Very refreshing…

      10.19.09 - 5:34 pm

  31. Jackie L. -

    isn’t that always the case with immigrant parents? The part of Mexico that my family comes from always pronounches their "ch" with "sh" so for a long a time my mother would say "shicken" and growing up, I would say it just the same.

      10.19.09 - 5:42 pm

  32. Connie Sithi -

    Ah man! I live in SF! I LOVE you and your work and your blog and your dog but couldn’t afford this conference. One day I will get to see you speak! Very funny blog today πŸ™‚

      10.19.09 - 5:50 pm

  33. lucy -

    Do they say pancorn
    for popcorn and Chonky Cheese for Chucky Cheese too? my parents

      10.19.09 - 5:59 pm

  34. Catherine Lorraine -

    OH MY…Jasmine…! I am on my lunch break sitting at work…everyone is gone and I am laughing straight into my monitor! THANKS for the laugh…I don’t care if everyone here thinks I am nuts, I love your blog. What a great Monday this has turned out to be…

      10.19.09 - 5:59 pm

  35. tracy -

    my mom says ‘warshing machine’ which drives me crazy!

      10.19.09 - 6:45 pm

  36. rachel darley -

    hahaha. reminds me of all the embarassing times we’ve had with our dad (and still do, btw)… I recall a time at Denny’s when my dad asked the waiter for a STAW-bebe meel-sheh (that’s strawberry milkshake for all the gringos out there). We were all laughing and in tears (including the waiter, he was very gracious and funny, as it turms out). Those were some good times…

      10.19.09 - 6:51 pm

  37. Pol -

    Lol! I would have pronounced it exactly the same way as you did! Nice comeback πŸ™‚
    And cute photo

      10.19.09 - 8:26 pm

  38. megmanionsilliker -

    when i owned a funky cool tea house one of my employees was/is obsessed with mustaches. i swear she started the trend. she had a wall of mustaches she made and would stick one on b/4 waiting on a customer. just because. such fun!

      10.19.09 - 8:32 pm

  39. Miranda Renee -

    Oh my goodness!! That is so funny! The story about your dad cracked me up. Too funny!

      10.19.09 - 8:36 pm

  40. Narrelle -

    LOL. And here I was wondering what was actually wrong with the way you were pronouncing it – I thought you were trying to explain you pronounce it must-ache (as in cake).
    Don’t you go and change one little iota! πŸ™‚

      10.19.09 - 8:54 pm

  41. Nick -

    Oh, ho, ho, ho…I have this incorrect pronounciation of words with my American partner all the time as I am English. The reason you are not pronouncing the word correctly is because you all are not spelling it correctly.Tthe word is MOUSTACHE, it is a word with french origins, the spelling is clear and the pronounciation is correct the way your friend with the rude manner and raised eyebrows had it; there is no "MUST" in it. And, while we are all at it, what is this "Standard American English", the language is just English,"ain’t no ‘Merkin in it.Y’all are just too funny…..funny as all get out!"

    Nick runs from thread…….

      10.19.09 - 9:35 pm

  42. violetsky -

    Too funny! Love San Francisco. Enjoy!

      10.19.09 - 10:19 pm

  43. julie h -

    I had that same father daughter experience except we were in a Lebanese restaurant and he was ordering a gyro. He pronounced it GY-RO instead of it proper pronunciation like the european currency the euro. We still laugh about it.

      10.19.09 - 10:32 pm

  44. Laura Lawson -

    You two are simply too cute for words. I don’t know ANYone that pronounces it "moo". Blessings to you in SF! I hear it’s rainy in the Bay today so stay dry! Much love

      10.19.09 - 10:38 pm

  45. Lydia -

    It looks like the consensus is mus-tash. And from one Californian to another, yes, that IS how you say it!

      10.19.09 - 10:58 pm

  46. Melissa -

    I don’t think I’ve heard anyone say it "moo-stash" – love that she couldn’t bear to listen to your "bad" pronunciation – whatver!

      10.19.09 - 11:11 pm

  47. Leyla -

    Oh my… You are hilarious! Since I moved to Canada only 8 years ago, I obviously still have an accent, and of course so do my parents… And they constantly crack us up with the funny way they pronounce certain words..

    Thanks for a good laugh

    Looking forward to the pix from the wedding =)

      10.19.09 - 11:23 pm

  48. Brandi Lee -

    I pronounce it the same way as you do! People can be so funny and rude at the same time.

      10.19.09 - 11:33 pm

  49. Christina Gressianu -

    You guys are so cute!

      10.20.09 - 1:11 am

  50. Alicia Damron -

    Love this post! I also say mus-tash, as does everyone in my part of the country. You say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to. Although, I must say, her reaction sounds kind of rude!

      10.20.09 - 1:34 am

  51. melissa oholendt -

    WhatEVER Miss Sassy-MOO-STASH. I say mus-tash too. Let’s be friends.

    Love the photobooth picture. (Ahem…JD’s looks borderline real, scary.)

      10.20.09 - 3:31 am

  52. Jennifer Rodriguez-Cruz -

    Just too cute….love all of your posts…just love them πŸ™‚

      10.20.09 - 4:38 am

  53. shani barel -

    and then there’s the book my kids love Moosetache about a moose and a…you guessed it, and if links work on comments, here it is
    and if not…it’s Moosetache by Margie Palatini

      10.20.09 - 7:43 am

  54. Brian Fletcher -

    Haha….I assisted another photographer at a wedding a few months ago where the Bride and Groom insisted on having the whole bridal party pose for a formal with those stick-staches. Funny stuff πŸ™‚

      10.20.09 - 8:35 am

  55. Martha Andrews -

    So funny! My mom used to do the same thing, though our family had been here a few generations, now that I am getting to mid life, I find myself having pronunciation issues….must be aging brain cells

      10.20.09 - 1:19 pm

  56. Angel Canary -

    That’s too funny! I am from Louisiana (was there the first 27 years of my life) and my husband has taught me how to pronounce a lot of words the right way now…but it’s what you grow up with. Oil, Foil, Boil, were all oool, foool and bool lol. We also called our shopping cart a buggy!

      10.20.09 - 4:26 pm

  57. amanda thiessen -

    LOVE IT!

      10.20.09 - 6:53 pm

  58. Becky -

    Umm, my parents aren’t immigrants, and my dad & uncles have had moustaches/mustaches for the entirety of my life. I’ve never heard anyone say "moo-stahhsh". In my book, you had the correct pronunciation–maybe you should move to the midwest.

      10.20.09 - 7:11 pm

  59. Doreen -

    JD should totally grow one of those!

      10.20.09 - 7:28 pm

  60. Lori M -

    I had no idea some people pronounce it ‘moo-stash’! That is just wrong in my books. Long live the MUS-TACHE!

      10.20.09 - 8:14 pm

  61. Heather Mulholland -

    Wow.. lol I actually think phonetically your supposed to pronounce it ‘mus-tash’ not ‘moo-stash’ (click on the flag icons after the word) πŸ˜‰

    I think your in the right Jasmine πŸ™‚

      10.20.09 - 8:14 pm

  62. stacyZ -

    Man I thought it was Mus-tash too…OOPS!

      10.20.09 - 10:29 pm

  63. Signature Events by Tania Aguayo -

    I love it! My mom cannot say ‘sirloin’ for the life of her. And to this day, I still say that I am going to ‘take’ my daughter a bath and that my husband needs to ‘put down the volume’ on the tv (vs. lowering it). I love my hispanic routes!!!!

      10.21.09 - 5:10 pm

  64. Tonya -

    Your friedn is wrong and you are right. Mustache is pronounced mus-tash in English, just like you said it. Send her the link:
    Great post!! My dad says "am-blee-ance" BTW, for Ambulance and roll-ey coaster for roller coaster.

      10.21.09 - 11:40 pm

  65. Events by Evonne -

    JD’s "Moo-Stahhhsh" looked sooooo real! Hahaha… I didn’t know that’s how you should pronounce the word. I always call is "Mus-Tash" like you do! πŸ™‚ Seriously, it’s "Moo-Stahhhsh"?

      10.21.09 - 11:48 pm

  66. Michelle Guzman -

    So cute!!

      10.22.09 - 1:02 am

  67. ohana photographers -

    love the staches! haha!

      10.22.09 - 6:15 pm

  68. Elisha Hawryluk -

    I pronounce it Mus-tash too πŸ™‚

      10.22.09 - 7:45 pm

  69. Tracy -

    I pronounce it the way you do…I didn’t realize that wasn’t the right way!

      10.23.09 - 1:59 pm

  70. Katy Melling -

    Ha ha. Love it!!!!

      10.29.09 - 2:40 pm

  71. Life with Kaishon -

    A wedding photobooth! How fun is that? LOVE it!

      11.2.09 - 4:05 pm

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