Are You A RELATOR? NO! I am NOT.

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Real Estate Agent with Serving Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond and Pearland 0535171

Are You A RELATOR? NO! I am NOT.

Many words in the English language are mangled, butchered and twisted every day. None drives me crazier than the mispronunciation of REAL-TOR as RE-LA-TOR. A few even carry  it one giant leap further by insisting that it’s Re-all-tor. Why, oh why? Can someone enlighten me as to why so many people do not pronounce REALTOR® correctly.

REALTORUnfortunately, the mispronunciation of REALTOR is not limited to the general public. Many card carrying members of the National Association of REALTORS® are guilty. The mispronouncing offenders are not limited to any particular gender, class, income or national origin.

 

I have gotten this issue off my chest for today; however, I’m certain that oft mispronounced word is going to rear its ugly head very, very soon.

 

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Bernadette A. James, Broker-Associate                                        
Keller Williams Realty Southwest

Turning Houses Into Homes

1650 Highway 6 South, Suite 350
Sugar Land, TX 77478

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E:bernadette@BernadetteJames.com

 

Comments (9)

Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Bernadette, I know of many a Realtor who go crazy when the word is mispronounced--especially by other Realtors!  It is mispronounced a lot of times by people in our industry.  Amazing.

Nov 23, 2012 12:37 AM
David Grbich
Realty One Group - www.FindCARealEstate.com - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Hi Bernadette - this is one I hear mispronounced so often that I often wonder if I say it right!! I usually hear  "Real-a-tor".  Regards Dave

Nov 23, 2012 12:38 AM
Terri Poehler
Realtor - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs Real Estate Agent

Bernadette, this is too funny. But very old. Many do not realize and it takes articles like this one to put the word out.

Nov 23, 2012 12:41 AM
Bernadette James
Serving Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond and Pearland - Sugar Land, TX
Broker-Associate, Keller Williams Realty SW

Gary - Hearing other REALTORS mangling the word sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.

David- I agree! It drives me CRAZY.

Nov 23, 2012 12:42 AM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Real Estate Advocate

It is so easy for folks to mispronounce Realtor... for some strange reason it is easier for them to and that extra vowel in there.   After experiencing some rough times with other Realtors.... I am thinking I might use "Real-turd" to define their professionalism.

Nov 23, 2012 01:36 AM
Bernadette James
Serving Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond and Pearland - Sugar Land, TX
Broker-Associate, Keller Williams Realty SW

Dan-your newly invented word gave me a good laugh.

Nov 23, 2012 01:23 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We have another version up north - Real- it -ter . I have to break it down to 2 words to say it right -       Real Tour !*L*

Nov 25, 2012 09:16 PM
Bernadette James
Serving Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond and Pearland - Sugar Land, TX
Broker-Associate, Keller Williams Realty SW

Terri - I agree wholeheartedly.

 

Michael - I have not been able to figure out what is soooooo difficult about pronouncing it exactly as it is spelled.

Nov 26, 2012 03:08 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Considering how long the name has been around and still mispronounced, maybe we should make a change?

Dec 20, 2012 08:21 PM