We all mispronounce words. For me, it mostly happens when I’ve read a word but never heard it spoken out loud – as it turns out, occasionally sounding like an idiot is a funny side effect of being a voracious reader with a large vocabulary. Womp womp.
But I’m here to help! Check out these 24 words you’ve probably been saying wrong, and you’ll never sound dumb again when you slip ’em into conversation.
You can’t say it fast, but you can say it right.
Bonus: You get to sound pretentious in the process!
Fun Fact: When reading words that were originally Latin, there is never a “soft” c. They’re always hard like this one. (Now, say Julius Caesar armed with that knowledge).
*Be careful though, do not refer to the Boston Celtics as the Boston kell-ticks. You will be laughed at.
Had this one down. You?
These sound the same to me?
Incorrect: Basically every way you’ve ever heard it said.
No one ever says it right, so why bother?
Okay but seriously, how can you watch television and not have picked this up by now?
This one is going to be a hard habit to break.
Incorrect: GEE-ros / HEE-ros / JAI-ros
After waiting tables for several years, I can confirm that there are approximately 50 ways to mispronounce this word.
Subtle. And maybe unnecessary.
If you want to add that extra m in the middle…don’t do it.
Hmm. Are we sure that’s not the Southern pronunciation?
Attention, George W. Bush!
Okay, fess up – who was saying MAWNK?
I totally know I say it wrong. But it’s more fun to say it the first way, am I right?
If you’re saying this one wrong, you obviously don’t watch commercials. You lucky bastard.
#6. KU KLUX KLAN
Incorrect: Cloo Clucks Clan
Correct: Coo Clacks Clan
CLACKS? Seriously? I was not expecting that.
Hey, even George Steinbrenner didn’t know. #SeinfeldReferenceFTW
It’s all about the emphasis, friends.
Should we even bother?
Yeah, not going there.
He even went so far as to write a rhyme to help us out:
“You’re wrong as the deuce
And you shouldn’t rejoice
If you’re calling him Seuss
He pronounces it Soice.”
Tell me you’ve been saying this right, and I’ll call you a liar.
It’s French, people!
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