10 Common Words You May Be Mispronouncing

Language is always in flux, but you still don’t want to look like a fool. A FOOL!


How you may be pronouncing it: mis-CHEE-vee-ous.

How it’s actually pronounced: MIS-chə-vous.

Despite the fact that many people drop an extra “I” in there, “mischievous” is three syllables, not four.

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How you may be pronouncing it: Chi-POL-tay.

How it’s actually pronounced: Chi-POAT-lay.

You would never do this, of course, because Chipotle burritos are the crux of your vernacular. But SOME people do it.

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How you may be pronouncing it: OF-ten.

How it’s actually pronounced: OFF-en.

The temptation lurks to add that extra “T,” but historically, it’s pronounced without it, just like the way we pronounce “soften.”

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How you may be pronouncing it: SHER-bert.

How it’s actually pronounced: SHER-bet.

Remember, only Ernie says, “sure, Bert.”

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How you may be pronouncing it: Can-a-dit.

How it’s actually pronounced: Can-di-dit.

Just make sure to, uh, stick that second “D” in there.

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How you may be pronouncing it: BAY-nal.

How it’s actually pronounced: ba-NAHL.

Like “canal,” sort of.

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How you may be pronouncing it: PUR-rog-uh-tiv.

How it’s actually pronounced: PRE-rog-uh-tiv.

Just like it’s spelled. Thanks Bobby Brown/Britney.

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How you may be pronouncing it: SOOS.

How it’s actually pronounced: SOICE.

Yep, we’ve been saying Theodore Geisel’s pseudonym improperly our whole lives. The German name is supposed to be pronounced to rhyme with “voice,” although Geisel himself eventually accepted the erroneous pronunciation.

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How you may be pronouncing it: Broo-SHETT-a.

How it’s actually pronounced: Broo-SKETT-a.

In Italian, that’s a hard “CH.”

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It’s a hard “G.” Come on now.

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