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9 Words Most People Pronounce Wrong

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Language can be funny, and mispronouncing it can be even funnier. But it’s best to know how to say a word correctly before you use it front of the class, at a job interview, or during your press conference at the White House. Here are words you probably aren’t saying right:
 

Arctic

arctic circle ice
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Often mispronounced as: Ar-tic

Should be: ArK-tic

Problem: This also happens sometimes to Antarctica (“Ant-ar-tica”), perhaps because we think anyone at the poles is too cold or too busy wondering what the hell they’re doing there to notice anyone rushing through the word.

Espresso

cup of espresso
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Often Mispronounced As: Expresso

Should be: Es-press-oh

Problem: “Expresso” sounds like “express”, making us think this is the fastest cup of coffee available (either because of the caffeine jolt or fact the cup is so small you’re done drinking it before you get your change from buying it).

Nuclear

nuclear test explosion
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Often Mispronounced As: Nuke-you-luhr

Should be: New-clear

Problem: Perhaps made most famous by President George W. Bush, this vocal misstep is so common that many people have insisted it be accepted as an alternative pronunciation, which will only result in everyone saying, “I need to do research at the lie-berry”.

Nuptial

Superman the Wedding Album
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Often Mispronounced As: Nup-shoe-ul

Should be: Nup-shul

Problem: The correct pronunciation is thrown off by the letter “t”, and anyone who uses the word probably being nervous because marriage is a huuuuuge commitment!

Perspire

Bob’s Burgers sweating
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Often Mispronounced As: Press-pyre

Should be: Purse-pyre

Problem: “Prespire” makes it sound like “prior to sweating”, which is commonly known as “being dry”.

Sherbet

bowl of rainbow sherbet
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Often Mispronounced As: Sher-burt

Should be: Sure-bit

Problem: While “sherbert” just sounds better than “sher-bit”, it also sounds like an ’80s arcade game character that has to make it through a floating pyramid before it melts.

Supposedly

Joey in friends saying supposably
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Often Mispronounced As: Suppose-UB-lee

Should be: Suppose-ED-lee

Problem: You say this wrong and you sound like Cletus from The Simpsons.

Triathlon

Roger running a marathon in American Dad
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Often Mispronounced As: Try-ath-UH-lon

Should be: Try-ath-lon

Problem: The competition is long enough without adding an extra vowel sound to it.

Pronunciation

Ralph Wiggum I’m learnding
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Often Mispronounced As: Pro-NOUNCE-see-ay-shun

Should be: Pro-NUN–see-ay-shun

Problem: Yes, the word that is at the very crux at all the problems on this list is itself often said wrong. There’s no “noun” in this word — pronunciation is not a person, place, OR thing.

 

What words do you mispronounce? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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