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

    October 19th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

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

  2. Kat Forsyth

    October 19th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    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.

  3. Jackie Beale

    October 19th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    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

  4. Keri J

    October 19th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

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

  5. Kari Dawson

    October 19th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    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?!?

  6. Carlos Bruno

    October 19th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    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© …

  7. Sherry

    October 19th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    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˜€

  8. Jenni in KS

    October 19th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    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)

  9. Ann Christine

    October 19th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    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. Amanda

    October 19th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    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.

  11. Tina

    October 19th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

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

  12. Catie Ronquillo

    October 19th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    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™‚

  13. Khristen

    October 19th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    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!

  14. Alexandra

    October 19th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

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

  15. Mandi

    October 19th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

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

  16. Eileen Bauer

    October 19th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

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

  17. Nelly Chung

    October 19th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

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

  18. andrea b

    October 19th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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

  19. Chad Banning

    October 19th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

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

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

  20. Stephanie Stewart

    October 19th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

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

  21. Kendra

    October 19th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    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.

  22. mcj

    October 19th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    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.

  23. Tara Templeton

    October 19th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    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)…

  24. Briana Gardell

    October 19th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

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

  25. black white

    October 19th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Love those mustaches!

  26. Alejandra Arroyo

    October 19th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    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!!

  27. Maria

    October 19th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    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™‚

  28. MelissaF

    October 19th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    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!

  29. Wanda

    October 19th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

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

  30. Linda Sherrill

    October 19th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    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…

  31. Jackie L.

    October 19th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    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.

  32. Connie Sithi

    October 19th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    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™‚

  33. lucy

    October 19th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

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

  34. Catherine Lorraine

    October 19th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    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…

  35. tracy

    October 19th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

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

  36. rachel darley

    October 19th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    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…

  37. Pol

    October 19th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

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

  38. megmanionsilliker

    October 19th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    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!

  39. Miranda Renee

    October 19th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

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

  40. Narrelle

    October 19th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    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™‚

  41. Nick

    October 19th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    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…….

  42. violetsky

    October 19th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Too funny! Love San Francisco. Enjoy!

  43. julie h

    October 19th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    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.

  44. Laura Lawson

    October 19th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    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

  45. Lydia

    October 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

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

  46. Melissa

    October 19th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    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!

  47. Leyla

    October 19th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    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 =)

  48. Brandi Lee

    October 19th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

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

  49. Christina Gressianu

    October 20th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    You guys are so cute!

  50. Alicia Damron

    October 20th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    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!

  51. melissa oholendt

    October 20th, 2009 at 3:31 am

    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.)

  52. Jennifer Rodriguez-Cruz

    October 20th, 2009 at 4:38 am

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

  53. shani barel

    October 20th, 2009 at 7:43 am

    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

  54. Brian Fletcher

    October 20th, 2009 at 8:35 am

    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™‚

  55. Martha Andrews

    October 20th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    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

  56. Angel Canary

    October 20th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    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!

  57. amanda thiessen

    October 20th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    LOVE IT!

  58. Becky

    October 20th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    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.

  59. Doreen

    October 20th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    JD should totally grow one of those!

  60. Lori M

    October 20th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

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

  61. Heather Mulholland

    October 20th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    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™‚

  62. stacyZ

    October 20th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

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

  63. Signature Events by Tania Aguayo

    October 21st, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    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!!!!

  64. Tonya

    October 21st, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    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.

  65. Events by Evonne

    October 21st, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    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"?

  66. Michelle Guzman

    October 22nd, 2009 at 1:02 am

    So cute!!

  67. ohana photographers

    October 22nd, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    love the staches! haha!

  68. Elisha Hawryluk

    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I pronounce it Mus-tash too πŸ™‚

  69. Tracy

    October 23rd, 2009 at 1:59 pm

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

  70. Katy Melling

    October 29th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Ha ha. Love it!!!!

  71. Life with Kaishon

    November 2nd, 2009 at 4:05 pm

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