Top 10 Commonly Mispronounced Words
29 Sep 2014 admin
Intellectuals do express disgust toward people who mispronounce certain words, but the ugly truth is we all mispronounce words despite the best efforts we make. Although getting fixated on proper pronunciation may be snobbish sometimes especially when taken overboard, we cannot completely set aside the essence of consistent, clear pronunciation for it tapers off barriers to understanding.
Here are top ten words that we should stop mispronouncing.
Ask: Pronouncing ask as “aks” is very common, but there’s already a pretty well-known word pronounced “aks,” and it refers to a hatchet-like tool or weapon called axe.
Cache: Cache is a group of items hidden in a secret storage place, and it is actually pronounced the same way as “cash”. People often pronounce this “cash-ay,” but that belongs to the word cachet, the state of having high status or prestige.
Cavalry: Cavalry refers to soldiers mounted on horseback. People often blur it to “cal-vary,”the hill outside Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified.
Fiscal: Fiscal is a two-syllable word pertaining to government revenues and expenditures. To enunciate it as “fis-i-cal” isn’t just incorrect, it’s confusingly close to physical.
Hyperbole: Hyperbole refers to the literary technique of exaggerating for effect. It should be pronounced “hy-per-ba-lee,” not “hyper-bowl.” What is a hyper bowl anyway? It’s logically impossible.
Irreverent: Speakers often confuse the “i” and the “t” in this adjective, resulting in a much different noun: “A reverend.” Irreverent should be pronounced more like “ear-rever-ent” than “uh-rever-end.”
Liable: Liable means legally responsible. Both of those vowels after the “L” need to be enunciated “li-a-ble.” Should you drop the “a,” you’re saying “lie-bull,” and that’s how you pronounce libel, another legal term which means written defamation.
Moot: Moot means open to discussion and unlikely to come to a definite answer, or not of practical value to discuss, and this should be pronounced with the “moo” of a cow, and not the “myu” of mute.
Niche: Niche, a small wall recess or a position for which someone is well-suited, should end with a soft “sh” like cache. However, people tend to say “nitch” instead of “neesh.”
Suite: Suite is a term for a group of things being used for the same purpose (usually a set of rooms). It should be pronounced as “sweet.”Don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter, and for more pronunciation tips, check out these speaking study aids.Like this post? Share it with your friends…