Have You Been Pronouncing These 20 Words Correctly?

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The colonial legacy of the British Empire, and American dominance since the World wars, has ensured the position of English language as the lingua franca of tourism, business and international relations.

However, English is a peculiar language with its own set of oddities, especially regarding pronunciation.

For instance, have you ever wondered, why people around you would abruptly burst into laughter, or take offense at a seemingly innocuous statement about women (pronounced incorrectly as woo-men, and not wih-men), or go off on a tangent about Kendall Jenner when you’re asking the genre (pronounced incorrectly as jen-ner, and not zhon-ruh) of a TV series?

It’s due to the mispronunciation of the words, an innocent habit, which could land you in trouble or expose you to ridicule. Therefore, it’s time to rectify this mistake.

Let’s begin by learning how these 20 words that you use everyday are pronounced incorrectly:

  1. Library :

Incorrect: li-bar-y

Correct: li-brar-y

  1. Mischievous :

Incorrect:  mis-Cee-vee-us

Correct: mis-che-vus

  1. Pronunciation:

Incorrect: pro-nown-see-ay-shun

Correct: pro-nun-see-ay-shun

4. Nuclear :

Incorrect: noo-kyu-lur

Correct: noo-klee-ur

  1. Picture :

Incorrect: pit-cher

Correct: pik-cher

  1. Peremptory :

Incorrect: pre-emp-tuh-ree

Correct: per-emp-tuh-ree

  1. Probably :

Incorrect: pra-lee or prob-lee

Correct: prob-a-blee

  1. Often :

Incorrect: oft-en

Correct: off-en

  1. Espresso :

Incorrect: ex-press-oh

Correct: ess-press-oh

  1.  February :

Incorrect: feb-yoo-air-y

Correct: feb-roo-air-y

  1. Arctic :

Incorrect: ar-tic

Correct: arc-tic

  1. Gauge :  

Incorrect: not gaug

Correct: gay-j

  1. Raspberry :

Incorrect: rasp-berry

Correct: Raz-ber-ee

  1. Salon :  

Incorrect: suh-loon

Correct: sa-lon (LON rhyming with BON Jovi)

  1. Cocoa :

Incorrect: koh-koh-wa

Correct: koh-koh

  1. Dessert :

Incorrect: des-ert

Correct: dizz-urt

  1. Bury :

Incorrect: Beu-ri or Burr-ri

Correct: be-ri

  1. Pizza :

Incorrect: pi-za

Correct: peet-zuh

  1. Epitome :

Incorrect: ep-i-tome

Correct: ep-i-tummy

  1. Chauvinism :

Incorrect: chow-vi-ni-zum

Correct: shoh-vuh-niz-uh-m

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