Orangutang

When I was a kid I thought Orangutans were called Orangutangs. I thought that for years. We’re talking decades here. I’m 26. One day I realized there was no ‘g’ on the end of the word and I became dreadfully embarrassed thinking about all the times I’ve said Orangutang. Granted that isn’t a common conversational word, but I’ve had a fair number of discussions about Orangutans in my day, as any person has. I’ve said orangutangs for so long that it’s difficult for me to remember to drop the g.

Now when I hear the word I think “that’s the word I don’t say.” Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt, right?

Aw. He’s cute.

photo from Chester Zoo

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  1. I didn’t know it wasn’t Orangutang until you said something. Shucks. I can’t say the word aquatic either, because I refuse to say it the dumb way that everyone says it over here-but I just look dumb if I say it how I learned it.

  2. Erin

    I had no idea there was no ‘g’ on the end. Well I’ve learned something new today, thanks!
    -Erin

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