The words you might not be saying correctly

You probably use some of these words on a daily basis, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are pronouncing them
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You probably use some of these words on a daily basis, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are pronouncing them correctly.

Dictionary.com has released its list of the 30 most commonly mispronounced words and some of them might come as a surprise.

Popular words like ‘espresso’ have made the list, but so too has ‘prerogative’. How many of these are you getting right?

While we enjoy eating food and demonstrating our cooking prowess, many stumble over the words almond, caramel, croissant, espresso, quinoa, sherbet, turmeric and Worchestershire.

In case you were wondering, the correct pronunciation for ‘almond’ is ah-muh-nd.

Others to make the list included epitome, et cetera, genre, hyperbole, niche and verbiage, but though these might be tricky they are not the most mispronounced word on the list.

That honour goes to affidavit – correctly pronounced af-i-dey-vit – and refers to a written statement confirmed by oath or affirmation.

Here’s the list:
1. Affidavit [af-i-dey-vit]
2. Almond [ah-muh-nd]
3. Beget [bih-get]
4. Cache [kash]
5. Caramel [kar-uh-muh l]
6. Coupon [koo-pon]
7. Croissant [French: krwah-sahn; English: kruh-sahnt]
8. Epitome [ih-pit-uh-mee]
9. Espresso [e-spress-oh]
10. Et cetera [et set-er-uh]
11. Façade [fuh-sahd]
12. Fiery [fahyuh-ree]
13. Genre [zhahn-ruh]
14. Haute [oht]
15. Hyperbole [hahy-pur-buh-lee]
16. Lambaste [lam-beyst]
17. Mauve [mohv]
18. Mischievous [mis-chuh-vuh s]
19. Niche [nich]
20. Peony [pee-uh-nee]
21. Prerogative [pri-rog-uh-tiv]
22. Quinoa [keen-wah]
23. Reservoir [rez-er-vwahr]
24. Salmon [sam-uh n]
25. Sherbert [shur-bit]
26. Turmeric [tur-mer-ik]
27. Verbiage [ver-bee-ij]
28. Weimaraner [vahy-muh-rah-ner]
29. Whet [wet]
30. Worchestershire {woo s-ter-sheer]

How many of these did you get right? What words have you stumbling or stuttering?

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  2. John Brants  

    I know what Worcestershire is but what on earth is Worchestershire ?????

  3. All ok
    But what about:
    1. Rotweiller ( Rot vi la)
    NOT Rot wheel la!!!
    2. Chameleon ( Ka me lee on)

  4. I really that whoever compiled this list should go back & check again & get it right the next time. Cache is not pronounced KASH nor is hyperbole pronounced hahy-pur-buh-lee. And Prerogative is not pri-rog-uh-tiv] or Epitome [ih-pit-uh-mee] & I’m sorry but if you sound out Almond you do not get their interpretation of it! And why would beget start with a ‘bih’ sound???

  5. Robert Green  

    The article looks like it has been lifted from an American source because a number of the pronunciations are similar to Yankee. No more said about that!

    What pisses me off is to hear educated persons talk about vunerable people when they should be saying vulnerable!

  6. Alfred  

    Newsreaders’ constantly mispronounce the word spelled ‘ combat’, & it really PMO!

    ‘The troops went into combat’……’COMbat’.

    ‘The scientists’ are trying to find a cure to combat that virus’……..’comBAT’.

    Also, ‘escaPEE’, NOT ‘escape-ee’.

    If you wish to make a list, ensure it’s Australian , & NOT Yankee!

  7. Dave Pritchard  

    I was O.K.with that list…except, I cringe whenever I hear KruSONT and Nitch.For me they’ll always be Kwasahn and Neesh,as their French origin suggests ! B-) A favourite ‘non-word’ that always makes me smile, as it is so popular here, is “agreeance” instead of agreement.

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