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Calmit




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 10:14 am
What are some words that you always pronounced wrong because you didn't know the right pronunciation?
Like the work colonel.
Or on a lower scale the word epitome.
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cutestbaby




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 10:17 am
Corps (as in peace corps) Pronounced it like it's spelled
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bigsis144




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 10:20 am
This is often a sign of being well read - the words that you came across in writing but never heard spoken in conversation (or just didn’t connect the spoken pronunciation to the written word).

I pronounced awry as AWE-ree


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amother




Denim
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 10:21 am
My sister thought initials was pronounced entitles
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imasinger




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 10:53 am
bananas4bananas wrote:
Corps (as in peace corps) Pronounced it like it's spelled

Rolling Laughter

Funny and sad at the same time.

Infrared
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amother




Purple
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 11:54 am
Wait - how is corps pronounced? Or infrared?
I'm definitely guilty of reading too much and not knowing the correct pronunciation
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elsily




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 11:55 am
amother [ Purple ] wrote:
Wait - how is corps pronounced? Or infrared?
I'm definitely guilty of reading too much and not knowing the correct pronunciation

Corps is like “core” as in Apple core. Infrared is infra-red. Or did you mean inferred?
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amother




Brunette
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 12:04 pm
One of my well-read elementary school students used the word debris last week.
I told her that was really impressive, but it's de-BREE
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amother




Purple
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 12:49 pm
elsily wrote:
Corps is like “core” as in Apple core. Infrared is infra-red. Or did you mean inferred?


Thanks! Thought I was missing something about infrared...
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amother




White
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 2:02 pm
In English, not too many. I have a dictionary and am not afraid to use it. I'm also well over 21 and any words I used to mispronounce in my mind I've long since learned how to pronounce. I'm always correcting my dh, but first I look the word up to make SURE I have it right before correcting him. Some words have more than one pronunciation for the same meaning, but the one listed first is the preferred one. Always go with the preferred one.
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NotInNJMommy




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 2:07 pm
awry....I pronounce it out loud correctly now, but only after I mispronounce it in my head and correct myself in my head....
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icedcoffee




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 5:02 pm
Segue for me. I had seen segue written down, and I had heard "segway" out loud, but it took me a while to connect that it was the same word.
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amother




Cerulean
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 5:04 pm
Assuage
banal - still need to think twice when I read it

There are others that I can't think of at the moment.
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amother




Indigo
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 5:16 pm
Indictment
Misled
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Malkqueen




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 5:26 pm
I'm an avid reader, and mispronounced so many words that I'd only ever read. There's a term for this, but I forgot it.

Yosemite
Misled
Boca Raton
Epitome

And many others of which I'm probably not aware yet 😂

To posters above:
How do you pronounce banal? Bay-null?
And isn't segue seg-you?
Awry I haven't tried to say aloud. I imagine it's a word that is butchered rather often.
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bigsis144




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 5:27 pm
(Awry is pronounced uh-RYE)
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pause




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 5:41 pm
omnipotent
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Chickensoupprof




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 5:44 pm
For a long time, I pronounced numb and dumb as it was spelled. But I'm not English native so my British husband made me pronounce it correctly it is NUM and DUM... But for the love of G0d WHY do you spell it iwth a b at the end? Anyhoo, try to learn Dutch, really hard language. Never met a foreign who could pronounce ''trui'' which is the Dutch word for sweather/jumper
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amother




Wine
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 6:01 pm
Tumultuous (I think I pronounced it tumulous the first time I used it).

Factions (somehow it always comes out as fanctions when I say it out loud). LOL
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amother




Wine
 

Post  Mon, Jan 11 2021, 6:04 pm
icedcoffee wrote:
Segue for me. I had seen segue written down, and I had heard "segway" out loud, but it took me a while to connect that it was the same word.

Good to know how segue is spelled. Always thought it was Segway like the trademark company name of the 2 wheeler vehicles.
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