I sincerely believe in the phrase “to err is human” and I also believe that it’s never too late to learn and correct yourself. So when I realised that I (and many others!) have been mispronouncing certain words, I decided to list them down.
Go ahead and see how many you get right!
Although it is commonly pronounced as “JIF”, the sound is that of a ‘G’ as in ‘get’.
I cringe every time I hear “one expresso please” and fail to understand where that ‘x’ came from. Always say espresso and NOT expresso!
Similar to expresso, there is no ‘x’ in especially, yet some people say expecially – I wonder why!
It’s all about proper emphasis while pronouncing the word. It’s not JEWL-ree but JEW-el-ree.
- ET CETERA
To combine the two words, we tend to use an extra alphabet ‘x’ – avoid doing that. It’s et cetera and not exetra.
The ‘t’ here is silent. Hence, it’s not of-TEN but of-en.
Contrary to popular belief, it is pronounced as Den-GEE and not Den-GOO.
How many times have you heard people asking you to pass the Bau-hl? Pass on the link to this article instead, because the correct pronunciation is Bo-hl (as in roll)!
If you go by spelling it should be called Pi-ZAA (which it usually is!) but the right way to pronounce it is Peet-zaa (peet pronounced as in seat).
The ‘b’ is silent and so it’s called Plum-mer and not Plum-ber.