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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Bet You Didn't Know . . . Some Commonly Misprounced Words!

Hello, and welcome again to SMART GIRLS READ ROMANCE. Mispronouncing words is more common than you think. I found several lists of the most mispronounced words in the English language and you might be surprised by those at the top. See if you know how to pronounce the following.

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How you pronounce it: Is it “giff” with a hard g or “jiff” with a soft one? Steve Wilhite says it’s “jiff” ... and he should know, since he developed GIFs for Compuserve. He chose to pronounce it that way because it sounded like Jif, the peanut butter brand. Now when you see the word, think of peanut butter and you'll recall how to pronounce it.

Correct Pronounciation [MIS-chuh-vus]
Incorrect Pronounciation [.Mmis-CHEE-vee-us]

Literary scholars discovered many people still say it incorrectly. They all fell prey to the “let’s add an i in there and make it four syllables” syndrome, making the word “mis-CHEE-vee-us.” This mispronunciation also lends itself to spelling errors. When people add the extra syllable, they often also add that i when they spell it, writing it “mischievious.”

Niche: A shallow recess in wall for a sculpture or other decorative object; a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing; a market segment.

Correct: The preferred pronunciation was the one used since the seventeenth century ― a soft, long e “Neesh” like the 14-century French word meaning recess for a dog, or kennel. Incorrect "Nitch". Most people super-anglicize it and say “nitch.”

Here's a few more common mispronounced words:

Do say: affidavit | Don't say: affidavid
Even if your lawyer's name is David, he issues affidavits.

Do say: cardsharp | Don't say: card shark
You may be surprised to hear that card shark isn’t a phrase. Its mispronunciation from cardsharp over the years, however, has led to card shark being more popular in America than the original phrase.

Do say: espresso | Don't say: expresso
While I can't express my love for espresso enough, this word was borrowed from Italian well after the Latin prefix ex- had developed into the es- prefix.

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Hope you learned how to pronounce some of the most commonly mispronounced words in the English language. Course, there are hundreds more! 

Let us know you visited! In the comment section tell us one of the commonly mispronounced words you've come across. We'd love to hear from you.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please drop by again to see either This Week's Word or more mispronounced words. 

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  1. There is no TRAIL in Australia. Most of the people I know mispronounce that country's name.

  2. Keta, I'm guilty of most of mispronouncing some of those words you listed. I blame it on being born Southern. Lol. We have our own pronunciations here.

    The mispronounced word that makes me cringe most is not really a word. "Irregardless" of what you think... Should be "regardless" of what you think. They have the same meaning. Why add an unnecessary "Ir" if it isn't needed? Save that for "Irreplaceable" Irreverent" and "Irrevocable".

    Your book sounds intriguing. I wish you the best, and God bless you.

  3. I tried commenting from my phone but I see that failed. I love this post. I mispronounce several of those. Didn't you change the cover on your book? I'll look on my Kindle. Good luck!


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