Do you correct people when they use the word "Real-A-Ter"?

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Do you correct people when they use the word "Real-A-Ter"?

I hear people use the term "Real-A-Ter" when pronouncing the word Realtor, and I actually do not correct them ALL them time.

It depends on who they are, if I know them or not, etc.  I may just let it go sometimes, but other times I don't want to come across as being condescending, yet at the same time I would like to spare them any embarrassment in the future by politely pointing out the correct pronunciation of the word.

How do you handle that when it happens, and what approach do you take?


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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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Ralph, I would never correct anyone for mispronouncing any word, but I try to use the word when I am speaking to them and pronounce it correctly.............sometimes it works, sometimes......not so much.

Jul 02, 2010 04:08 AM #2
Rita Fong
RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 - Marion, AR
Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale

I am like Roger, #2, I will not correct them.  But I will pronounce it correctly as I speak to them, maybe they will catch it, if they don't, there is nothing I can do about it.  Not everyone likes to be corrected.

Jul 02, 2010 05:43 AM #3
Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
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Hi Ralph - If it's my husband or someone who works for me, I will correct them.  Otherwise, I just grin and bear it.

Jul 02, 2010 07:30 AM #4
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI

Ralph,  As a retired court reporter, I never correct speech unless it's one of my kids.  I notice it, and like the comments before me, I will try to work in the correct pronunciation.

Have a great weekend!

Jul 03, 2010 01:13 AM #5
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida and Washington

Hi Ralph. When they say it infront of me I repeat the word but correctly. That way their ego is not insulted.

Jul 03, 2010 07:26 AM #6
Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
More opinions than you want to hear about.

Why bother?  It's like trying to convince slow drivers that they should be in the right lane.  For every one you correct, there will be ten more taking their place.  Besides, does it realaly matter?


Jul 04, 2010 03:14 AM #7
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

No, we just call that Texas

Jul 12, 2010 05:01 PM #8
Marie Haydock
Evergreen Global Real Estate | RSVP Real Estate - Redmond, WA
Simplifying Real Estate

Pick your battles, Ralph!  Even some most-excellent agents refer to themseves as Real-a-ters!  I say it correctly, and hope others will learn frome example.

Jul 15, 2010 06:51 AM #9
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