Help support TMP

"What is the difference between perogative and prerogative?" Topic

12 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the Language Plus Board

25,194 hits since 14 Aug 2011
©1994-2018 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2011 8:22 a.m. PST

Is one of them not a word?
I have seen both spellings, and both meaning roughly the same thing.

Mostly it has to do with the King and virgins…

aecurtis Fezian Inactive Member14 Aug 2011 8:32 a.m. PST

One means the right to make dumplings. The other does not.


aecurtis Fezian Inactive Member14 Aug 2011 8:49 a.m. PST

I put it down to Bobby Brown's poor pronunciation.


Mapleleaf Inactive Member14 Aug 2011 8:56 a.m. PST

No difference same word

"Prerogative" is frequently both mispronounced and misspelled as "perogative." It may help to remember that the word is associated with PRivileges of PRecedence.


Skeptic14 Aug 2011 10:05 a.m. PST

Good one, Allen!

jpattern214 Aug 2011 11:15 a.m. PST

Yep, I blame Bobby Brown, too. Man, that song grated on my ears when it first came out. Still does, but now I rarely hear it.

Lately I've been hearing a lot of TV anchors and reporters, mostly blonde women, pronouncing "always" as "oh-ways." What the heck? Are they all going to the same misguided diction coach with a thing for round vowels?

aecurtis Fezian Inactive Member14 Aug 2011 6:17 p.m. PST

Why do otherwise seemingly intelligent people say "of" ("would of") instead of "have"--and then write the error?


Austin Rob Inactive Member14 Aug 2011 7:46 p.m. PST

Maybe you're hearing "would of" when they are actually using the contraction "would've." Would it sound differently when spoken quickly?

Henrix Inactive Member14 Aug 2011 11:40 p.m. PST

That doesn't explain writing it, great hall.

Parmenion Inactive Member15 Aug 2011 2:12 a.m. PST

I think great hall games has the right idea, but the other way around. Some people mis-hear the spoken "would've" as "would of", then reproduce their error parrot-fashion in speech and writing.

A lot of the textual errors that annoy me seem to come from people attempting to write down what they think they've heard without actually understanding the words they're using.

nazrat15 Aug 2011 6:28 a.m. PST

"Why do otherwise seemingly intelligent people say "of" ("would of") instead of "have"--and then write the error?"

The same reason the write "prolly" for "probably"?

And the answer the original question, I think I've sussed out the difference is an "r". What do I win? 8)=

brucka15 Aug 2011 5:52 p.m. PST

As Richter said – "There are no bad perogki". And I say it's my prerogative to eat them -except the liver ones, not bad; just not good.

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.