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Common mispronunciations

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grannyactivist Thu 13-Mar-14 00:30:16

Here are the top ten common mispronunciations apparently. I was surprised not to find 'secretary' and 'February' in there. What would you add to the list?

absent Thu 13-Mar-14 00:51:22

Nucular irritates me somewhat and I used to know someone who always pronounced the t in the middle of Christmas. Presumably, that would have been correct at some point, but not, I think, nowadays.

thatbags Thu 13-Mar-14 06:59:28

Recodnise and reckernise

Brendawymms Thu 13-Mar-14 07:08:09

Excellerate rather than accelerate.

besottedgran Thu 13-Mar-14 07:36:14

Mischievious rather than mischievous - - also library rather than library.

besottedgran Thu 13-Mar-14 07:38:08

Oops of course I meant libary rather than library !

Dragonfly1 Thu 13-Mar-14 07:41:08

Pacific instead of specific.

JoyBloggs Thu 13-Mar-14 08:15:12

'Laura norder' instead of 'law and order', (especially when they refer to the 'breakdown of laura norder' which seems to refer to a distressed lady).

Grannyknot Thu 13-Mar-14 08:20:13

Vunrable for vul-ne-ra-ble.

Soutra Thu 13-Mar-14 08:40:16

Have we said "secketery"?

annodomini Thu 13-Mar-14 08:42:46

Probly instead of probably.

Lilygran Thu 13-Mar-14 08:54:05

Oh, JoyBloggs, you've hit on one of my pet hates! And why can people who put glottal stops into their otherwise standard English not manage to say 'Law and order'? Ed and Dave spring to mind.

feetlebaum Thu 13-Mar-14 08:59:27

'Ki-LOM-itter' instead of 'KILometre'...

Ariadne Thu 13-Mar-14 09:19:30

"mute point" instead of "moot point"

granjura Thu 13-Mar-14 09:20:06

prostrate for prostate, and ménage for manège (household / horse riding 'rink')

nightowl Thu 13-Mar-14 09:26:17

Does anyone else share my obsession with the pronunciation of diss-ect rather than die-sect? This was drummed into me by a biology teacher who would say we would be dissecting a rat ie opening it up not cutting it in half. The other pronunciation seems to be widely used but it still sets my teeth on edge; after all, if it were die-sect surely it would be spelt with only one s?

JoyBloggs Thu 13-Mar-14 09:34:49

Lilygran, glad I'm not the only one who finds that really annoying!

MiceElf Thu 13-Mar-14 09:42:31

Brush etta instead of brushketta in bruschetta

Joelsnan Thu 13-Mar-14 09:44:17

Sikth instead of sixth, there are so many TV presenters that say this!
Baareee instead of battery
Hehww instead of hell
Alumium instead of Aluminium
I could go on...sorry!

thatbags Thu 13-Mar-14 09:57:45

I think people can be forgiven for mispronouncing words like bruschetta, especially if you have never heard the word, only read it.

Ana Thu 13-Mar-14 10:03:21

Fith instead of fifth - TV presenters are the worst offenders!

MiceElf Thu 13-Mar-14 10:04:27

Not if they are working in an Italian restaurant and correct MY pronunciation!

Anne58 Thu 13-Mar-14 10:05:07

The American pronunciation of Lab rat ory, instead of la bor at ory (that doesn't look right, but hopefully someone will know what I mean!)

KatyK Thu 13-Mar-14 10:41:57

Skedule instead of schedule, pacific instead of specific. That sikth thing drives me mad too. One sports presenter on the BBC this week described someone as 'being in sick place'. Grrrrr

Grannyknot Thu 13-Mar-14 11:45:14

bags has raised the good point that one man's pronunciation meat is another man's poison. E.g. re @feetle in South Africa it is the other way round. Ki-LOM-itter would be correct and KI-lo-meter would be incorrect. Ecksetera smile and people would laugh at me! (or at least suppress a smile) when I said South-wark as it is written when I first arrived here.