Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sherbert or Sherbet?

Turns out it's sherbet. There's no such thing as sherbert, regardless how much you desire a deliciously citrus-flavored icy treat right now. The r is all in your mind.

Much like the lounge in chaise longue. It's a long chair!

21 Comments:

Blogger Craig said...

There's no "r" in the "lounge."

I don't get the controversy with that one. It's pronounced as it's written: "chase lounge."

7:43 AM  
Blogger Hayley said...

I've said it all along. I've always insisted it's sherBET. But everyone I meet says "oh no, you're full of it, it's sherbert, no one wants to eat sherbet." And now, today, vindication is MINE. I feel so relieved.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Dr. Hot Crap said...

i've got some mango sorbet in my freezer.

it's delicious.

and nutritious.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you , Thank you , Thank you!
We live in Texas and everyone insists on the "r". I have stuck with sherbet for years! Sherri

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Webster shows "Sherbert" as an acceptable variant of "Sherbet".
Like it or not. Really depends on what part of the country you grew up in. No reason to get arrogant about it.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Webster's also posts "ain't" and "irregardless". Try looking for these and "sherbert" in the Oxford Dictionary, and you won't find them.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Jayanna said...

Craig, you've missed the point. It's not spelled "chaise lounge." It's spelled "chaise longue."

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oxford English Dictionary doesn't actually have a definition for SherBET or SherBERT in the way Americans know it. It's basically a variant on sorbet that contains dairy. OED closest definition to that calls it a " flavored water-ice." It makes no mention of dairy which means its not referring to the subject of this post. ALSO because language is an ever evolving thing, if and because enough people call it sherBERT eventually it becomes an actual synonym.

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.recipetips.com/glossary-term/t--34376/sherbet-or-sherbert.asp

So there is such a thing as sherbert!

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Sherbet,' 'sherbert,' 'sorbet,' 'gelatinous fruit-flavored ice milk'-- if people use it, it's a word. That's called 'usage.' Get used to the concept.

And so everybody understands, the same applies to 'ain't'--irregardless of whether it's in the dictionary or it ain't.

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we're going off historical usage, it looks like sherBET is boss:

http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/graph?content=sherbet%2Csherbert&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=0&smoothing=3

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sherbet is my maiden name...I can't tell you how frustrating it is when it's mispronounced - people actually INSIST that it's pronounced with the extra "r" and that I am wrong. Go figure! I assure you that, although it is commonly mispronounced, it TRULY IS Sherbet.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Asa said...

Do you have a source for this??

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, if millions of people pronounce it "sherbert", and the dictionary doesn't capture that usage, WHO'S wrong??
I guess I thought the point of a dictionary was to capture the evolving role of words in a language, no?

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So, if millions of people pronounce it "sherbert", and the dictionary doesn't capture that usage, WHO'S wrong??"

So, if millions of people think that the earth is flat but one crazy philosopher says it's round, WHO'S wrong??

There's a reason that "appeal to popularity" is a logical fallacy.

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