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These 30 Words are Always Mispronounced

These 30 Words are Always Mispronounced

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Now, anywhere up to 1.8 billion people around the world speak English. It is easy to learn and flexible. In spite of that, there are many words which are mispronounced by many people. This may be because of the fact that English is not their native language and they have their own regional accent. These 30 words are always mispronounced. Even by most of the people whose native language is English.

  1. Almond: This dry fruit is pronounced as Ah-mund, (pronunciation of u as in sun). L is silent. You should not pronounce it as Aal-mund.
  2. Bury: It is pronounced as Be-ri, the same as berry. And not Beu-ri or Burr-ri.
  3. Dengue: This disease is pronounced as Den-gee (pronunciation of ‘gee’ as in cheese). You should not pronounce it as Den-goo.
  4. Dessert: It is pronounced as dizz-urt, (pronunciation of u as in sun). And not as des-ert which is a barren land.
  5. Schedule: According to US English, sked-jule is the correct pronunciation for this word. According to British English, shed-yool is the correct pronunciation.
  6. Zebra: According to US English. the sound of the letter ‘Z’ is ‘Zee’. So, Zee-bra. (pronunciaiton of ee as in tree). But according to British English, it can be Zeb-ra. (pronunciation of Zeb as in egg).
  7. Niche: In US English, it can be pronounced as Nee-sh (pronunciation of Nee as in tree). But according to British English, it is pronounced as Nitch (as in switch).
  8. Bowl: It is pronounced as bo-hl (pronunciation of o as in roll). Not as ba-ool which is wrong.
  9. Euler: It is pronounced as Oiler. And not as Yuler/Yular which is wrong.
  10. Truth: It is pronounced as troo-th (as in boo) and not tru-th.
  11. Epitome: It is generally pronounced as ep-i-tome (as in foam) But the correct pronunciation is ep-i-tummy.
  12. Develop: The correct pronunciation is D+vay+lupp, and not as Day+vay+lupp.
  13. Pizza: The correct pronunciation is peet-zuh, (peet pronounced as in wheat). And not Pi-za.
  14. Monk: It should be pronounced as muhngk as in drunk. It is often mispronounced as mawnk (mon as in Montreal).
  15. Genre: The correct pronunciation is Zhon-ruh, (Zh is a sound as in vision, and ruh as in umbrella). It is often mispronounced as Jen-ner.
  16. Quote: The correct pronunciation is kwo-te. It is often pronounced as coat which is wrong.
  17. Sour: The correct pronunciation is sower (as in power). It is often pronounced as saar which is wrong.
  18. Quinoa: The correct pronunciation is keen-wah. It is often pronounced as keenoah which is incorrect.
  19. Ethyl, methyl: The correct pronunciation is A-thil, mey-thil. (thil as in hill) But these words are often pronounced as eethail, meethail (aail as in ice).
  20. Porsche: The correct pronunciation is Por-shuh. It is often mispronounced as porsh.
  21. Salon: It should be pronounced as sa-lon, (sa as in Apple, lon as in John) It is often pronounced as suh-loon which is incorrect.
  22. Police: The correct pronunciation is Puh-leece. It is often mispronounced as Poo-leece.
  23. Chauvinism: The correct pronunciation is shoh-vuh-niz-uh-m. It is mispronounced as chow-vi-ni-zum.
  24. Coupon: The correct pronunciation is Koo-pon (pon as in pawn). It is often mispronounced as koo-pun (pronunciation of u as in sun).
  25. Gauge: The correct pronunciation is gayj. It is often mispronounced as gauj.
  26. Raspberry: The correct pronunciation is Raz-ber-ee. The fruit is often pronounced as rasp-berry which is incorrect, the P should be silent. .
  27. Cocoa: It should be pronounced as koh-koh and not koh-koh-wa.
  28. Capris: The correct pronunciation is Kuh-preez and not cape-reese.
  29. Victuals: The correct pronunciation is vittles. It is often pronounced as vik-choo-uls which is incorrect.
  30. Plumber: Its correct pronunciation is plume(r) with b silent.

Featured photo credit: Johan Klovsjö via flickr.com

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The ability to reinvent and redefine yourself is a bold, daring and purposeful choice. It doesn’t just happen. You have to make a conscious, intentional choice and then follow through.

If the thought of forging a new path, changing habits, thought patterns and your inner circle of friends scares you – you’re not alone. Change can be a very scary thing. It takes courage, fortitude and a bit of faith to decide to shed your old self and don a new persona. However, it is one of the most critical processes one must repeatedly endure in the pursuit of destiny. Change unlocks new levels of potential.

The Need for Change

Everyday when we wake up, we make a decision. We decide to follow our routine or we decide to go off script and shake things up a bit. For those who are creatures of habit, routine is comfortable, easy and produces very little stress. The problem with this is, after a while you stop growing.

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We all reinvent ourselves at some point in our lives. It is absolutely necessary to achieve certain levels of success.

Reflect back on who you were as a teenager and then who you were at 25. Those are two very different people. Most of us are completely different. Your thought patterns changed, your appearance, job, level of education and even your friends– changed. We like to refer to this as “growing up” or maturing and consider it to be one of life’s natural progressions. However the changes you made were purposeful and deliberate.

This process must be a lifelong and continuous cycle. You are never too old to refresh yourself.

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    Signs It’s Time to Redefine

    “Just as established products and brands need updating to stay alive and vibrant, you periodically need to refresh or reinvent yourself.”– Mireille Guiliano

    So how do you know when it’s time for a system upgrade? There are signs along the way that alert you that it is time for an overhaul. The first sign is the feeling of being stuck. If you feel like you are in a rut, you’re bored with life or you need some newness and excitement, a self reinvention may be in order. Re-evaluate your life vision and your goals. Is that vision still valid and are your goals consistent with your vision and–are they achievable? If you are off course, it’s time for a change. If you are not moving forward and making progress, it’s time for a change.

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    “You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis

    The second sign that you are due for a change is the occurrence of major life events in which change is forced upon you. Getting married, starting a new job, being promoted, ending a relationship, becoming a parenting or relocating are all prime opportunities to completely overhaul your life.

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      And if Arnold can do it…so can you!

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