January 28, 2014

Counterintuitive Pronunciations

As someone who devours in English texts on a daily basis but rarely gets to exercise speech, I found this thread on StackExchange very educating. The first two answers left me mind-blown:

Hyperbole: The mispronunciation is HY-per-BOWL, and the correct pronunciation is hy-PER-bo-LEE.

Colonel: This has to be the worst word for me - I know that is pronounced ker-nil, but EVERY time I read it the pronunication in my head is col-o-nel.

Update: To clarify, the thread lists words that literate people are more likely to mispronounce if they’ve encountered them in text but not in speech.

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