There is nothing more embarrassing and hurting to the title of a language savvy than mispronouncing words. A lot of people pick a certain pronunciation of a word and just go with it, mindless of the fact that that pronunciation is incorrect. Down below are some of the most butchered pronunciations of common words that almost everyone makes, even public and seemingly educated personalities. Do let us know how many you pronounced correctly.
Don’t make the mistake of pronouncing an x that doesn’t exist in this word. It is pronounced:
/ˌɛˈsprɛsoʊ/ NOT /ˌɛkˈsprɛˌsoʊ/
Hint! How do we pronounce the word meter? I know you know the answer and you’re right. Why would you mess it up when it’s part of a compound noun. That’s why this word is pronounced as:
/ˈkɪləˌmitər/ NOT /kəˈlɑmətər/
This word has been a victim of misuse. It does not mean what you think it means. The fact is, most people who use supposably really mean supposedly, and it should be pronounced as such.
Most people make the embarrassing mistake of pronouncing an x at the end of this word. Apparently, there is no x in this word. Accordingly, it is pronounced as:
/ˈæstərɪsk/ NOT /ˈæstərɪsks/
Britney Spears fell for this word and we don’t want the same thing to happen to you. Prerogative is pronounced as:
/prɪˈrɑgətɪv/ NOT /ˈpɜˈrɑgətɪv/
How many syllables does this word have? Four is a wrong answer. This word has only three syllables. Most people pronounce it with an /i/ after the letter v. Hence, it is pronounced as:
/ˈmɪsʧəvəs/ NOT /ˈmɪsʧəviəs/
Most people pronounce this word as /mɔv/ which is not correct. The right pronunciation is /moʊv/ and it rhymes with “grove“.
Despite George W. Bush’s efforts to normalize the pronunciation “noo-CUL-ur,” , the correct pronunciation is and will forever remain /ˈnukliər/.
This word is one syllable shorter than you think. It is pronounced as:
/ˈʤulri/ NOT /ˈʤuəlri/
It is not /zoʊˈɑləʤi/. The correct pronunciation here is going to sound crazy, It’s just /zu:ləʤi/ (rhymes with “eulogy”).
As the famous jokes about the word often go: the t in often is as silent as the p in swimming. Need I say more?
While commonly mispronounced /nɪʧ/, this word comes from the French word nicher, which means to nest. Accordingly, the correct pronunciation is /niʃ/.
Take a moment to pronounce this word. If you pronounced it like /ˈlɑrveɪ/, as your science teacher most probably did, then that’s incorrect. The correct pronunciation is /ˈlɑrvi/.
This one almost blew me away.
Let’s just settle this debate once and for all: The actual inventor of the GIF says it’s pronounced “jif.” Don’t believe it? Watch him make the determination himself (skip ahead to 0:53 if you’re short on time).
The word, which refers to one’s strong point, is actually pronounced:
/fɔrt/ NOT /ˈfɔrteɪ/
When you say “liability,” you probably include all the right syllables. The same goes for the adjective form of it: It’s pronounced:
/ˈlaɪəbəl/ NOT /ˈlaɪbəl/