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15 Common English Words That You May Be Pronouncing Wrong

15 Common English Words That You May Be Pronouncing Wrong

Do you know what it takes to pronounce a word right? Nothing much more than a little knowledge of the correct ones.

While meme and GIFs are some of the most contested pronunciation of recent times, there are many basic English words that you might be pronouncing wrong your entire life. Chances are people around you be speaking these words entirely wrong. But save yourself and others a trouble of looking stupid by learning the correct pronunciation of these commonly used English words.

Epitome

Usually, most people pronounce epitome wrong. The correct pronunciation is ‘Epi-tuh-mee’ but people often calls it ‘Epi-tome’ rhyming with Rome.

 

Monk

The most common and accepted pronunciation of this one is ‘mawnk’ which is absolutely wrong. The ‘o’ in this one sounds as ‘u’ making it ‘munk’.

 

Bury

How many times have you heard people calling this one as ‘Buh-rry’? Maybe a lot. This is one of the most common mispronounced English word and has an actual pronunciation as ‘Be-rry’ which rhymes with merry.

 

Waistcoat

It is a kind of vest that goes under a tailored evening attire. A marker of class and prestige in the 16th century, the term doesn’t pronounce as ‘waist-coat’ but rather, ‘wess-kut’.

Wednesday

People often confuse the pronunciation with the spelling of the word and Wednesday is one case. The correct pronunciation is a two-syllable word as ‘Wenz-dei’ rather as three-syllable ‘wed-nes-dei’.

Poignant

There is no need to give attention to ‘g’ in this one as it is correctly called as ‘poi-nyant’ and not ‘poig-nant’.

Eyebrow

You may have heard many people calling this as ‘Eye-bro’ forgetting the w in the end. Although ‘Eye-bro’ is a commonly used in our region, the correct pronunciation is however ‘eye-brau’.

 

Mischievous

There are many people who are adding an extra ‘eee’ in this one. The correct one is ‘mis-che-vus’ but most people are calling it as ‘mis’chee-vee-us’ their whole life.

Et Cetera

This is one word whose wrong pronunciation is widely common. We don’t know how it ended up from being ‘Et-set-er-a’ to ‘Ex-set-er-a’ but the one with ‘x’ is not acceptable.

Asthma

Now this is often pronounced wrong just because how it is spelled. The ‘sth’ in the word is replaced with ‘z’ and it is pronounced as ‘Az-ma’ not ‘As-the-ma’.

 

Vegetable

Another case of adding extra syllable in the pronunciation. Vegetable is uttered as three-syllable word as ‘Vej-te-ble’ rather than calling it as a four-syllable word ‘Ve-jee-te-ble’.

Almond

There is dispute whether the ‘L’ is silent in Almond or not but mostly people pronounce it as ‘El-mund’ in our part of the word rather than ‘A:mund’ or ‘Al-mund’.

 

Comfortable

There is something with the silent words. Often people call it as ‘cum-fur-te-ble’ but the ‘o’ and ‘r’ are not to be pronounced. The correct way to say it is ‘cumf-te-ble’.

 

Debris

Another case for the silent letters is Debris. Just because the ‘s’ is mentioned in the end doesn’t mean it has to be pronounced. It is called as ‘Deb-ree’ rather than ‘Deb-ris’.

 

Iron

English is different as not all letters written are to be pronounced. Same is the case with Iron. People often add ‘r’ in the pronunciation calling it as ‘ahy-run’ but correctly, it should be called ‘Ahy-en’.

How many of these were you pronouncing correct? Share with your friends and help them save the embarrassment of uttering these words wrong.

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