Common Words You Probably Mispronouncing

Here are some common words that people often mispronounce

There are common words that people probably have no idea that they are mispronouncing and here are some of them.

The English language can be complex. Some words with the same spelling can be pronounced differently, depending on the meaning or the intention of using them. Even common words can be mispronounced. Here is a little guide to pronouncing these words, based on the article in Mental Floss.

common words mispronounced


Here is how the name of Dr, Seuss is pronounced through the rhyme made by Alexander Liang: “You’re wrong as the deuce
And you shouldn’t rejoice
If you’re calling him Seuss
He pronounces it ‘Soice.’”


It is not “KY-bosh” or “ky-BOSH”. The word that means something that serves as a check or stop is pronounced as “kuh-BOSH” or “kih-BOSH.”


This is pronounced as how you would pronounce the word “controller.” Please don’t be tempted to pronounce the silent –mp-.


Merriam-Webster stated that the initial hard “k” sound is the standard these days for the opening c of Celtic but for the “Boston Celtics”, stick with “SELL-tick.”


When it comes to this word, it is like pronouncing “cash“. The e is silent.


The ch– is pronounced “sh,” as in Chicago, champagne, and chandelier. This word that means the use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose is pronounced as “shih-CANE-er-ee.”


There are three ways to pronounce this word, according to Merriam-Webster. You can use the “BAY-nul,” “buh-NAHL,” or “buh-NAL” (like canal).


Many people might be pronouncing this as “uh-FLOO-ent” but this is wrong. It should be “AFF-loo-ent” and the stress should be on the first syllable.


This word refers to a deck boss, or a qualified member of the deck department and this is pronounced as bo’s’n, bos’n, or bosun.


This word was borrowed from French in the 17th century. It was pronounced as rhymed with itch but more people embraced the true French pronunciation and decided to pronounce it “NEESH in the 20th century.

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