You’ve Been Mispronouncing These Words Your Whole Life

Language is tricky. Not only are there multiple ways to spell the same word, but there are silent letters, emphasis on certain syllables, and basically a bunch of ways to say common everyday words wrong.

After all, everything sounds right in your head until you say it out loud and everyone looks at you funny.

Hopefully this will help you at least a little bit.

Chipotle
Definition: A smoked hot chili pepper used especially in Mexican cooking.
Wrong: Chip – oat – lay
Right: Cheep – oat – lay

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Cache
Definition: A collection of items of the same type stored in a hidden or inaccessible place.
Wrong: Catch
Right: Cash

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Gyro
Definition: A sandwich made with slices of spiced meat cooked on a spit, served with salad in pita bread.
Wrong: Juh – eye – roh or gee – roh
Right: Yee – roh

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Ennui
Definition: A lack of spirit, enthusiasm, or interest.
Wrong: N-U-I
Right: On-WEE

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Espresso
Definition: Strong black coffee made by forcing steam through ground coffee beans.
Wrong: Ex – press – so
Right: Es – press – so

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Prescription
Definition: An instruction written by a medical practitioner that authorizes a patient to be provided a medicine or treatment.
Wrong: Pur – scrip – shun
Right: Pre – scrip – shun

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Candidate
Definition: A person who applies for a job or is nominated for election.
Wrong: Can – uh – date
Right: Can – da – date

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Sherbet
Definition: A frozen dessert made with fruit juice added to milk or cream, egg white, or gelatin.
Wrong: Sure – burt
Right: Sure – bit

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Sudoku
Definition: A puzzle in which players insert the numbers one to nine into a grid.
Wrong: Suh – doe – coo
Right: Soo – doe – coo

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Niche
Definition: A specialized but profitable corner of the market.
Wrong: Nitch
Right: Neesh

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Affluent
Definition: Having a great deal of money; wealthy.
Wrong: Aff – lue (stress here) – ent
Right: Aff (stress here) – lue – ent

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Kibosh
Definition: Put an end to; dispose of decisively.
Wrong: Ki – bosh
Right: Key – bosh

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Açaí
Definition: A South American palm tree producing small edible blackish-purple berries.
Wrong: Ak – kay
Right: Ah – sah – ee

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Asterisk
Definition: A symbol used to mark printed or written text, typically as a reference to an annotation or to stand for omitted matter.
Wrong: As – tricks
Right: As – ter – isk

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Wheelbarrow
Definition: A small cart with a single wheel.
Wrong: Weel – barrel
Right: Weel – barrow

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Quinoa
Definition: A grain crop grown primarily for its edible seeds.
Wrong: kwin-o-a
Right: KEEN-wa

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