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185 Commonly Mispronounced Words in the English Language


Mispronounced Words! Big list of 185 English words you’re (probably) mispronouncing! and how to get these commonly mispronounced words right!

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Mispronounced Words

Got ’em all? Probably not. But after you’ve heard the correct pronunciation a few times, it will start to sink in. So keep this video bookmarked, and practice these while you’re waiting in line or riding public transportation. So what if people look at you funny!

Commonly Mispronounced Words List

  • Accessory

Say: ak-sess-or-y

Don’t Say: ass-ess-or-y

  • Across

Say: a-cross

Don’t Say: a-crost

  • Antarctic

Say: ant-arc-tic

Don’t Say: ant-ar-tic

  • Ask

Say: ask

Don’t Say: aks

  • Athlete

Say: ath-leet

Don’t Say: ath-a-leet

  • Cache

Say: kash

Don’t Say: kash-ay

  • Cavalry

Say: kav-ul-ry

Don’t Say: kav-vuh-ry

  • Clothes

Say: klothz

Don’t Say: kloz

  • Dilate

Say: di-late

Don’t Say: di-a-late

  • Drowned

Say: drownd

Don’t Say: drown-ded

  • Entrepreneur

Say: ahn-truh-pruh-nur

Don’t Say: enter-pren-yor

  • Escape


Don’t Say: ex-cape

  • Espresso

Say: ess-press-oh

Don’t Say: ex-press-o

  • Et cetera

Say: et-set-er-a

Don’t Say: ex-set-er-a

  • February

Say: feb-roo-air-y

Don’t Say: feb-yoo-air-y

  • Federal

Say: fed-er-al

Don’t Say: fed-ral

  • Foliage

Say: fo-li-uj

Don’t Say: fol-uj

  • Halloween

Say: hal-o-ween

Don’t Say: hol-lo-ween

  • Height

Say: hite

Don’t Say: hith

  • Heinous

Say: hey-nuh-s

Don’t Say: heen-ni-us

  • Hierarchy

Say: hi-er-ar-ky

Don’t Say: hi-arky

  • Library

Say: libe-rare-ee

Don’t Say: libe-air-ee

  • Mayonnaise

Say: may-on-naise

Don’t Say: man-naise

  • Minuscule

Say: min-uh-skyool

Don’t Say: min-ih-skyool

  • Cerulean

Say: suh-roo-lee-uhn

Don’t Say: see-roo-leen

  • Chenille

Say: shuh-neel

Don’t Say: chen-ill-eh

  • Tortillas

Say: tohr-tee-yahs

Don’t Say: tor-tee-laas

  • Vegetable

Say: veg-table

Don’t Say: vegi-table

  • Buffet

Say: boo-fay

Don’t Say: buff-ay

  • Asterisk

Say: ass-ter-isk

Don’t Say: ass-ter-iks

  • Develop

Say: dih-vel-up

Don’t Say: day-vuh-lupp

  • Cocoa

Say: koh-koh

Don’t Say: koh-koh-wa

  • Transient

Say: tran-shent

Don’t Say: tra-zee-end

  • Arctic

Say: arc-tic

Don’t Say: ar-tic

  • Figure

Say: fig-yer

Don’t Say: fig-er

  • Forte

Say: fort

Don’t Say: for-tay

  • Insouciant

Say: in-soo-see-ant

Don’t Say: in-soo-shant

  • Lambaste

Say: lam-baste

Don’t Say: lam-bast

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  • Nuclear

Say: nuke-lee-ar

Don’t Say: nuke-yoo-lar

  • Mischievous

Say: mis-chi-vus

Don’t Say: mis-chee-vee-us

  • Niche

Say: neesh

Don’t Say: nitch

  • Nuptial

Say: nup-shul

Don’t Say: nup-shoo-al

  • Often

Say: off-en

Don’t Say: oft-en

  • Percolate

Say: perc-o-late

Don’t Say: perc-u-late

  • Perspire

Say: per-spire

Don’t Say: pre-spire

  • Picture

Say: pic-shur

Don’t Say: pitch-er

  • Plenitude

Say: plen-i-tude

Don’t Say: plent-i-tude

  • Precipitation


Don’t Say:

  • Prescription

Say: pre-cip-i-ta-shun

Don’t Say: per-cip-i-ta-shun

  • Probably

Say: prob-ab-ly

Don’t Say: prob-ly/ prah-bal-ly

  • Realtor

Say: re-al-tor

Don’t Say: real-a-ter

  • Sherbet

Say: sher-bet

Don’t Say: sher-bert

  • Ticklish

Say: tik-lish

Don’t Say: tik-l-lish

  • Triathlon

Say: tri-ath-lon

Don’t Say: tri-ath-a-lon

  • Vehicle

Say: vi-ekle

Don’t Say: vay-hikle

  • Verbiage

Say: ver-bi-age

Don’t Say: ver-bage

  • Wintry

Say: win-try

Don’t Say: win-ter-y

  • Abalone

Say: ab-uh-loh-nee

Don’t Say: ah-boh-lohn

  • Albeit

Say: awl-bee-it

Don’t Say: al-bae-it

  • Almond

Say: ah-mund

Don’t Say: aal-mund

  • Attaché

Say: uh-tash-ey

Don’t Say: ah-tat-chee

  • Boutique

Say: boo-teek

Don’t Say: boh-teek

  • Chaos

Say: key-os

Don’t Say: cha-os

  • Meme

Say: meem

Don’t Say: mee-mee/ mem

  • Bury

Say: be-ri

Don’t Say: beu-ry

  • Discretion

Say: dis-kreh-shun

Don’t Say: dis-kree-shun

  • Dengue

Say: deng-ee

Don’t Say: den-goo

  • Marijuana

Say: mar-uh-wah-nuh

Don’t Say: mary-joo-anna

  • Women

Say: wih-men

Don’t Say: woo-men

  • Breakfast

Say: brek-fust

Don’t Say: bray-k-faast

  • Heart

Say: haa-rt

Don’t Say: hurt

  • Tomb

Say: toom

Don’t Say: tom-b

  • Asthma

Say: az-ma

Don’t Say: as-tha-ma

  • Wednesday

Say: wenz-day

Don’t Say: wed-nes-day

  • Bowl

Say: bol

Don’t Say: ba-ool

  • Pizza

Say: peet-zuh

Don’t Say: pi-za

  • Police

Say: puh-leece

Don’t Say: pu-liss

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  • Coup

Say: koo

Don’t Say: koo-p

  • Coupon

Say: koo-pon

Don’t Say: que-pun

  • Debris

Say: deb-ree

Don’t Say: de-briss/ day-brees

  • Debut

Say: dey-byoo

Don’t Say: di-boo

  • Divorce

Say: dih-vawrs

Don’t Say: die-vawrs

  • Epitome

Say: ih-pit-uh-mee

Don’t Say: ih-pi-toe-m

  • Faux pas

Say: foh-pah

Don’t Say: fohx-pas

  • Film

Say: film

Don’t Say: fill-um

  • Flour

Say: flou-er

Don’t Say: fl-ahr

  • Gauge

Say: geyj

Don’t Say: gauj

  • Genre

Say: zhahn-ruh

Don’t Say: jen-re

  • Hyperbole

Say: hy-per-ba-lee

Don’t Say: hy-per-bowl

  • Ingenuity

Say: in-juh-noo-i-tee

Don’t Say: in-jen-wee-tee

  • Itinerary

Say: ahy-tin-uh-rer-ee

Don’t Say: ahy-tin-ary

  • Jewellry

Say: jew-ell-ree

Don’t Say: jew-ler-ree

  • Lingerie

Say: lawn-zhuh-ree

Don’t Say: lin-guh-ree

  • Lip-sync

Say: lip-singk

Don’t Say: lip-sing

  • Maniac

Say: mey-nee-ak

Don’t Say: mahn-yuhk

  • Paradigm

Say: par-uh-dahym

Don’t Say: par-uh-dig-m

Say: pro-nun-see-a-shun

Don’t Say: pro-noun-see-a-shun

  • Pseudonym

Say: sood-n-im

Don’t Say: syoo-duh-nim

  • Quote

Say: kwoht

Don’t Say: coat

  • Regime

Say: ray-zheem

Don’t Say: ruh-geem

  • Bass

Say: base

Don’t Say: baas

  • Quinoa

Say: keen-wah

Don’t Say: qui-noa

  • Jalapeno

Say: hah-lah-peh-nyoh

Don’t Say: jala-pe-noh

  • Bruschetta

Say: broo-sket-ah

Don’t Say: broo-shet-ah

  • Prosciutto

Say: proh-shoo-toh

Don’t Say: pros-ciu-tto

  • Gnocchi

Say: nyoh-kee

Don’t Say: gno-cc-hi

  • Parmesan

Say: pahr-muh-zahn

Don’t Say: par-me-san

  • Hummus

Say: hoom-us

Don’t Say: hum-iss

  • Fillet

Say: fih-lay

Don’t Say: fil-let

  • Pasta

Say: pah-stuh

Don’t Say: pass-tah

  • Caramel

Say: kar-ah-mehl

Don’t Say: car-mel

  • Onion

Say: uh-nion

Don’t Say: o-nion

  • Miniature

Say: min-ee-uh-cher

Don’t Say: mini-ture

  • Calendar

Say: kal-uhn-duh

Don’t Say: kuh-len-duh

  • Complete

Say: kuhm-pleet

Don’t Say: kom-pleet

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  • Rendezvous

Say: rahn-duh-vooa

Don’t Say: ren-dez-vuss

  • Reservoir

Say: rez-er-vwahr

Don’t Say: rez-er-vore

  • Salmon

Say: sam-uh n

Don’t Say: sal-muhn

  • Salon

Say: sa-lawn

Don’t Say: sa-loon

  • Silicon

Say: sil-i-kuh n

Don’t Say: sil-i-kohn

  • Sour

Say: sower

Don’t Say: saar

  • Subtle

Say: suth-l

Don’t Say: subt-l

  • Suite

Say: sweet

Don’t Say: suit/ soot

  • Tuition

Say: too-ish-uh n

Don’t Say: too-shen

  • Turquoise

Say: tur-koiz

Don’t Say: tur-quiz

  • Yolk

Say: yohk

Don’t Say: yol-ke

  • Extempore

Say: ekstem-pere

Don’t Say: ekstem-pore

  • Vineyard

Say: vin-yard

Don’t Say: wine-yard

  • Resume

Say: reh-zu-may

Don’t Say: ri-zum

  • Poignant

Say: poi-nyant

Don’t Say: poig-nant

  • Poem

Say: poe-um

Don’t Say: poy-em

  • Mohito

Say: mo-hee-toh

Don’t Say: mo-jee-toh

  • Banquet

Say: ban-kwet

Don’t Say: ban-kway

  • Iron

Say: aye-en

Don’t Say: eye-run

  • Violin

Say: va-yuh-lin

Don’t Say: vo-ee-lin

  • Video

Say: vid-i-oh

Don’t Say: wee-dio

  • Data

Say: day-ta

Don’t Say: daa-taa

  • Monk

Say: munk

Don’t Say: mawnk

  • Estate

Say: i-steyt

Don’t Say: es-steyt

  • Especially

Say: i-spesh-uh-lee

Don’t Say: es-spesh-uh-lee

  • Excite

Say: ik-sahyt

Don’t Say: ek-sahyt

  • Position

Say: puh-zish-uhn

Don’t Say: poh-zish-uhn

  • Potential

Say: puh-ten-shuhl

Don’t Say: poh-ten-shuhl

  • Japanese

Say: jap-uh-neez

Don’t Say: juh-pan-ees

  • Second

Say: sek-uhnd

Don’t Say: sec-kend

  • Pressure

Say: presh-uh

Don’t Say: prezh-uh

  • Ticket

Say: tik-it

Don’t Say: ti-keyt

  • Sword

Say: sawrd

Don’t Say: swor-d

  • Answer

Say: anser

Don’t Say: an-swer

  • Doubt

Say: dowt

Don’t Say: doub-t

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  • Menstruation

Say: men-stroo-a-shun

Don’t Say: men-stray-shun

  • Supposedly

Say: sup-pose-ed-ly

Don’t Say: sup-pose-ab-ly

  • Taut

Say: taut

Don’t Say: taunt

  • Toward

Say: tow-ward

Don’t Say: tor-ward

  • Chaise longue

Say: shez-lawng

Don’t Say: shayze-lounge

  • Menu

Say: men-yu

Don’t Say: men-oo

  • Receipt

Say: ree-seet

Don’t Say: ree-sipt

  • Mouse

Say: mouse

Don’t Say: moos

  • Subtract

Say: sub-tract

Don’t Say: subs-tract

  • Gnaw

Say: naw

Don’t Say: g-naw

  • Chassis

Say: sha-see

Don’t Say: chay-sis

  • Dessert

Say: dizz-urt

Don’t Say: dez-ert

  • Liable

Say: li-a-ble

Don’t Say: lie-bull

  • Utmost

Say: utt-most

Don’t Say: up-most

  • Candidate

Say: can-da-dett

Don’t Say: can-ud-dett

  • Awry

Say: uh-rye

Don’t Say: aw-ree

  • Ikea

Say: ee-kay-uh

Don’t Say: eye-kee-ya

  • Amethyst

Say: am-uh-thist

Don’t Say: am-mee-theest

  • Composition

Say: kom-puh-zish-uhn

Don’t Say: kom-poh-zish-uhn

  • Colleague

Say: kol-eeg

Don’t Say: kuh-leeg

  • Condemn

Say: kuhn-dem

Don’t Say: kon-dem

  • Compose

Say: kuhm-pohz

Don’t Say: kom-pohs

  • Excuse

Say: ik-skyooz

Don’t Say: ek-skyoos

  • Extra

Say: ek-struh

Don’t Say: ek-stra

  • Alzheimer’s disease

Say: ahlts-hai-merz

Don’t Say: old-timer’s disease

  • Business

Say: biz-nis

Don’t Say: bid-ness

  • Cabin

Say: cab-in

Don’t Say: kay-bin

  • Truth

Say: true-th

Don’t Say: tru-th

  • Opposite

Say: awp-uh-zit

Don’t Say: uh-pose-it

  • Waistcoat

Say: wess-kut

Don’t Say: waist-coat

  • Plumber

Say: plum-er

Don’t Say: plum-ber

Say: mo-hee-to

Don’t Say: mo-jee-to

  • Chipotle

Say: chip-oat-lay

Don’t Say: chu-pole-tay

  • Compare

Say: kuhm-pair

Don’t Say: kom-pair

  • Committee

Say: kuh-mit-ee

Don’t Say: kom-mit-tee

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