Wow….who would have thought it? Sherbert, which is how I have ALWAYS pronounced it, is actually sherbet, pronounced…..wait……get ready…..sherbit. You have to actually say it out loud to get the full annoying effect of the correct pronounciation. Sherbit. I don’t like it, not one bit. I like sherbert, sherbert. Say it with me proudly. Because if you say it the correct way, people will just think you’re weird , or possibly snobby. 🙂 And we don’t want that now, do we?!
While I’m at it, how about all those other excellent “erts”? Like besmirched and alert. One of my little jokes(I don’t have many, so I get excited about the few I know) is:
Always be alert. (pause) Because you can never have too many lerts! (riotous laughter ensues)
Ok, Ok, I will let you now return to your brilliant and stimulating Monday morning activities. Thank you for your time and effort you will spend in promoting the erts. 😉 Slainte, Lisa
P.S. Please let me know in the comments how you pronounce sherbet….this is a burning question of interest for me.
I grew up saying “sherbert.” But at some point, I realized that it is spelled “sherbet,” and my desire to be correct overrode my upbringing. I’m weird that way. 😀
Sherbert will always be “SHERBERT” to me!!