100 most often mispronounced words and phrases in English

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

100 most often mispronounced words and phrases in English

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.

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  1. Dusty
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    How about ‘jewlery’ instead of ‘jewelry’? One other pet peeve. Why does everyone use the word ‘pretty’ with everything? There are some forgotten words such as: rather, quite, fairly etc… I think those are ‘pretty’ good words!. Use your thesaurus people.

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