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Mispronounced Words Part II

List of wrongly pronounced words in India - Part II

We have already seen some commonly used mispronounced words in our previous post. Here are some more common words which are wrongly pronounced by many persons.
  • Athlete – It is pronounced as /ATH-LETE/ not /ath-uh-lete/. The word has two syllables, not three.
  • Asterisk – It is pronounced as /AS-TER-ISK/ not /as-ter-ik/. Notice the second S.
  • Ask – It is pronounced as /ASK/ not /aks/. The S comes before the K.
  • Accessory – It is pronounced as AK-SESS-OR-Y not as ASS-ESS-OR-Y. The first C has a “hard” sound.
  • Arctic – Note the C after the R. It is pronounced as ARK-TIK not AR-TIK.
  • Anyway – The problem with this word the addition of an unnecessary sound. Don’t add an s to make it “anyways.” The word is ANYWAY.
  • Aegis – The ae in this word is pronounced "ee". It is pronounced as EE-JIS not AY-JIS.
  • Chef - It is pronounced as SHef not che-f. The word ch is represented in three different sounds in English. For example /tch/ as in Munch, /k/ as in Christian, and /sh/ as in chef. The first sound is heard in words of English origin. The second sound of ch, /k/, is heard in words of Greek origin. The third and least common of the three ch sounds is heard in words adopted from modern French.
  • Chaos – Chaos is a Greek word. It is pronounced as /KAY-OS/ not /chaa-os/.
  • Cache – The word is of French origin, but it does not end with an accented syllable. It is pronounced as /KASH/ not /ka-shay/.
  • Develop: It is pronounced as D+vay+lupp not Day+vay+lupp.
  • Dilate – The word has two syllables, not three. It is pronounced as /DI-LATE/ not /di-a-late/.
  • Epitome: It is pronounced as ep-i-tummy not ep-i-tome.
  • Etc (et cetera) – This Latin term is often mispronounced. It is pronounced as /ET CET-ER-A/ not /ex cet-er-a/.
  • February – It is pronounced as /FEB-ROO-AR-Y/ not /feb-u-ar-y/ or /far-vary/.