9 Words Most People Pronounce Wrong
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:
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.
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).
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”.
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!
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”.
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.
Often Mispronounced As: Suppose-UB-lee
Should be: Suppose-ED-lee
Problem: You say this wrong and you sound like Cletus from The Simpsons.
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.
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!