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Do You Know How To Pronounce These Words?

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  1. 1.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    per – rog – uh – tiv
    Correct
    Incorrect
    pre – rog – uh – tiv
    Correct
    Incorrect
    both are considered acceptable
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The "r" in the first syllable of the word is a common omission when pronounced (probably Bobby Brown's/Britney's fault?) but it's there for a reason - to be pronounced!

  2. 2.

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    Incorrect
    off-en
    Correct
    Incorrect
    off-ten
    Correct
    Incorrect
    both are considered acceptable
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Although many consider the "t" to be silent, both forms are considered to be correct.

  3. 3.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    SHER-bet
    Correct
    Incorrect
    SHER-bert
    Correct
    Incorrect
    both are considered acceptable
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The incorrect addition of "r"in the second part of the word is pretty commonplace, resulting in the pronunciation of "bert" instead of "bet".

  4. 4.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    neesh
    Correct
    Incorrect
    nitch
    Correct
    Incorrect
    both are considered acceptable
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Although the word is French in origin (with the pronunciation "neesh"), "nitch" is also a widely accepted pronunciation.

  5. 5.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    ka-shay
    Correct
    Incorrect
    kash
    Correct
    Incorrect
    both are considered acceptable
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The words "cache" and "cachet" are commonly confused, resulting in the mispronunciation "ka-shay".

  6. 6.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    bay-nal
    Correct
    Incorrect
    buh-nahl
    Correct
    Incorrect
    both are considered acceptable
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The first part is to be pronounced "buh" not "bay". Basically refrain from rhyming with "anal" and you'll be fine.

  7. 7.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    lar-vee
    Correct
    Incorrect
    lar-vay
    Correct
    Incorrect
    both are considered acceptable
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The "vae" in this word is pronounced "vee" not "vay".

  8. 8.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    mis-chee-vee-us
    Correct
    Incorrect
    mis-che-vus
    Correct
    Incorrect
    both are considered acceptable
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Mischievous is one of the most commonly misspelt words and therefore one of the most mispronounced. The tendency to add in an "i'" after the "v" makes the word four syllables when it's only three. Also, the "e" in "che" is often elongated when pronounced, resulting in the incorrect "chee" sound.

  9. 9.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    aww-ree
    Correct
    Incorrect
    uh-rye
    Correct
    Incorrect
    both are considered acceptable
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    There's nothing cute about this word and the "wry" part of the word is pronounced exactly the same as the word "wry". Weird, huh?

  10. 10.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    ee-jis
    Correct
    Incorrect
    ay-jis
    Correct
    Incorrect
    both are considered acceptable
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The "ae" sound in this word is pronounced "ee" not "ay".

  11. 11.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    ar-ki-pe-la-go
    Correct
    Incorrect
    ar-chi-pe-la-go
    Correct
    Incorrect
    both are considered acceptable
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Don't let "arch" confuse you in this case, it's pronounced more like "arc".

  12. 12.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    tick-i-lish
    Correct
    Incorrect
    tick-lish
    Correct
    Incorrect
    both are considered acceptable
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This word is often pronounced with three syllables when there are only two.

A NOTE: Some words in this quiz are commonly misspelled which can cause mispronunciation. For many words there isn't one unquestionably correct pronunciation, it depends on numerous factors. Dictionaries by Cambridge and Oxford have been consulted to create this post, but please bear in mind that whilst a "correct" pronunciation option has been given, there are lots of cases where other variations are also widely accepted.

Basically don't get too peeved if the option you use isn't there - your way could still be correct!

Inspiration for this quiz has come from this list and this list.

 
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