Here’s a pretty good list from YourDictionary.com which I think should be mandatory reading for all middle school students. Especially those in the South : P
I found I’d been messing a few of these up myself, and I’m a pronunciation nazi, so that’s saying something. Who knew you were supposed to pronounce the ph in diphtheria like an f sound? Or that there’s no s in pernickety?!
But there are a few that I’m really glad they included, because they irritate me every time I hear them mispronounced, such as “expresso” *rolls eyes*, February (there are two fucking r’s in there, people!), and the little-known forte, which is actually supposed to have a nearly silent e at the end, instead of the “for-tay” most people say. And don’t even get me started on “irregardless” and “nucular.”
One I wish they had included: Anti-Semitism — people always pronounce the Semi as “semuh,” which is just plain annoying as hell.