20 Words You’ve Been Pronouncing Wrong for the Entire Time

Posted on Jun 08, 2016

In everyday conversations with people you will surely find yourself on one end of this scenario: either you are annoying your friend by mispronouncing a common word, or you are the one getting annoyed by linguistic carelessness. Whatever the case may be, here is an educational list of 20 words that are often mispronounced even by highly educated people:

1. Jalapeño: A Green Chili Pepper Often Used in Mexican Food

Jalapeño: A Green Chili Pepper Often Used in Mexican Food
Incorrect: Ja–la–peh–noh
Correct: Hah–la–peh–nyoh

2. Sudoku: A Puzzle with the Task to Place the Correct Numbers in a Grid

Sudoku: A Puzzle with the Task to Place the Correct Numbers in a Grid
Incorrect: Suh–doe–coo
Correct: Soo–doe–coo

3. Asterisk: A Symbol Commonly Used for Footnotes

Asterisk: A Symbol Commonly Used for Footnotes
Incorrect: As–tricks
Correct: As–ter–isk

4. Wheelbarrow: A Small Cart with One Wheel Used for Transporting Heavy Loads

Wheelbarrow: A Small Cart with One Wheel Used for Transporting Heavy Loads
Incorrect: Weel–barrel
Correct: Weel–barrow

5. Cache: A Fast Temporary Storage in a Computer's Memory

Cache: A Fast Temporary Storage in a Computer's Memory
Incorrect: Catch
Correct: Cash

6. Hummus: A Chickpea Dip That Originated in the Middle East

Hummus: A Chickpea Dip That Originated in the Middle East
Incorrect: Hum–iss
Correct: Hoom–us

7. Espresso: A Type of Strong Coffee Served in Small Cups

Espresso: A Type of Strong Coffee Served in Small Cups
Incorrect: Ex–press–so
Correct: Es–press–so

8. Bruschetta: An Italian Dish Used as a Starter

Bruschetta: An Italian Dish Used as a Starter
Incorrect: Broo–shet–ah
Correct: Broo–sket–ah

9. Tortillas: A Round Bread Mosltly Used in Mexican Food

Tortillas: A Round Bread Mosltly Used in Mexican Food
Incorrect: Tor–tee–laas
Correct: Tohr–tee–yahs

10. Chipotle: A Type of Jalapeño Pepper

Chipotle: A Type of Jalapeño Pepper
Incorrect: Chip–oat–lay
Correct: Cheep–oat–lay

11. Celtic: A Branch of Old Indo-European Languages That Are Either Extinct or Merged with Other Languages

Celtic: A Branch of Old Indo-European Languages That Are Either Extinct or Merged with Other Languages
Incorrect: Sell–tick
Correct: Kell–tick

12. Affluent: Very Rich

Affluent: Very Rich
Incorrect: Aff–lue (stress here) –ent
Correct: Aff (stress here) –lue–ent

13. Niche: A Market for Which One Is Well Suited

Niche: A Market for Which One Is Well Suited
Incorrect: Nitch
Correct: Neesh

14. Candidate: A Person Who Is Running in an Election

Candidate: A Person Who Is Running in an Election
Incorrect: Can–uh–date
Correct: Can–da–date

15. Sherbet: A Dessert Made Out of Frozen Fruit Juice and Milk

Sherbet: A Dessert Made Out of Frozen Fruit Juice and Milk
Incorrect: Sure–burt
Correct: Sure–bit

16. Hyperbole: Extreme Overstatement

Hyperbole: Extreme Overstatement
Incorrect: Hyper–bowl
Correct: Hy–per–ba–lee

17. Forte: Someone's Strong Point

Forte: Someone's Strong Point
Incorrect: For–tay
Correct: Fort

18. Edamame: Fresh Soybeans Boiled as a Vegetable

Edamame: Fresh Soybeans Boiled as a Vegetable
Incorrect: Ed–uh–mame
Correct: Eh–dah–mah–meh

19. Açaí: A Species of Palm Tree Known for Its Fruits

Açaí: A Species of Palm Tree Known for Its Fruits
Incorrect: Ak–kay
Correct: Ah–sah–ee

20. Heinous: Totally Reprehensible

Heinous: Totally Reprehensible
Incorrect: Heen–i–us
Correct: Hay–nus
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