We watched the movie Megamind with the kids a few Friday nights ago. Megamind is an alien who loved big words and pronounced them badly. He wanted to be the villain of metrosity (“Metro City”).

It was his pronunciation of another word, “melancholy,” that we kept chuckling about. He put the stress on the second syllable:

mel-AHN-cho-ly  
/mɛlˈɑnkəli/

We kept wanting to say to it aloud. Such a silly mishandling of “melancholy” lifts some of its sadness.