That’s Pronounced How?

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If you’re anything like me, a portion of your vocabulary comes from reading books. The only danger with that is the pronunciation could be completely wrong, because you’ve read the word rather than heard it. Depending on where you live, word pronunciation might also carry a local flavor. I came across this list (I have no idea who composed it) and was surprised at how many of these mostly common words I mispronounce. Check it out and see how you do.

  1. VOLDEMORT

Incorrect: Vol-de-mort

Correct: Vol-de-more

  1. MISCHIEVOUS

Incorrect: Mis-chee-vee-us

Correct: Mis-cheh-vus

  1. ESPRESSO

Incorrect: ex-pre-so

Correct: Eh-spreh-so

  1. VOLUPTUOUS

Incorrect: va-lump-tu-us

Correct: Vol-up-tyoo-us

  1. KILOMETRE

Incorrect: Kil-OHM-eh-ter

Correct: KILL-o-mee-ter

  1. NUCLEAR

Incorrect: New-kyoo-lar

Correct: New-klee-ur

  1. FEBRUARY

Incorrect: Feb-you-air-ee

Correct: Feb-roo-air-ee

  1. PREROGATIVE

Incorrect: per-aw-gah-tiv

Correct: pre-rawg-ah-tiv

  1. NUTELLA

Incorrect: Nuh-tell-a

Correct: New-tell-ah

  1. TRIATHLON

Incorrect: Tri-ath-a-lon

Correct: Tri-ath-lon

  1. ZOOLOGY

Incorrect: Zoo-all-oh-gee

Correct: Zoo-low-gee

  1. ARCTIC

Incorrect: Are-tick

Correct: Ark-tick

  1. HIERARCHY

Incorrect: High-ark-ee

Correct: High-er-ark-ee

  1. KU KLUX KLAN

Incorrect: Clue-Clux-Clan

Correct: Coo-clacks-clan

  1. MAYONNAISE

Incorrect: Man-ayze

Correct: May-oh-nayze

  1. MINIATURE

Incorrect: Min-ih-chur

Correct: Min-ee-ah-chur

  1. PRESCRIPTION

Incorrect: per-scrip-shun

Correct: pruh-scrip-shun

  1. SEUSS

Incorrect: Soos

Correct: Soys

  1. MONK

Incorrect: Mawnk

Correct: Munk

  1. DRAMA

Incorrect: Dram-ah

Correct: Draw-mah

  1. GYROS

Incorrect: Gee-ros

Correct: Yee-ros

  1. CELTIC

Incorrect: Sell-tick*

Correct: Kell-tick

*unless in reference to the sports team

  1. ELECTORAL

Incorrect: Eh-leck-TOR-ul

Correct: Eh-LECK-tor-ul

  1. GIF

Should we even bother?

(I wish they had bothered, because I have no idea!)

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