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17 Words You've Been Pronouncing Wrong For Years

Answers taken from this Quora thread.

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3. Dour


What it means: Silent and gloomy.

How you may have pronounced it: Maybe you thought it sounded like the word "sour"?

How it's actually pronounced: It rhymes with "tour."

Note: both pronunciations are acceptable, however, the pronunciation of dour rhyming with tour is more acceptable in American English.


6. Grand Prix


What it means: The highest level of international equestrian competition' one of a series of international formula car races.

How you may have pronounced it: Grand Pricks.

How it's actually pronounced: Gran Pree. The D is silent.


13. Forte


What it means: One's strong point.

How you may have pronounced it: For-Tay (Only pronounced this way if you're talking about music).

How it's actually pronounced: Fort.

Note: The preferred pronunciation is for-tay, though.

16. Facade

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What it means: A way of behaving or appearing that gives other people a false idea of your true feelings or situation.

How you may have pronounced it: Fuh-cade.

How it's actually pronounced: Fuh-SAHD.


This post has been updated to reflect more accurate pronunciations for several of the words listed.