Sunday, December 13, 2009

We're not the only mis-pronouncers

A great website that provides the correct prononciation of common words.


100 Most Often Mispronounced Words and Phrases in English Now that Dr. Language has provided a one-stop cure for the plague of misspelling, here are the 100 words most often mispronounced English words ("mispronunciation" among them). There are spelling rules in English even if they are difficult to understand, so pronouncing a word correctly usually does help you spell it correctly. Several common errors are the result of rapid speech, so take your time speaking, correctly enunciating each word. Careful speech and avid reading are the best guides to correct spelling.

Don't say Do Say Comment

ANo: acrossed | Yes: across

It is easy to confuse "across" with "crossed" but better to keep them separate.

No: affidavid | Yes: affidavit

Even if your lawyer's name is ''David,'' he issues affidavits.

No: Old-timer's disease | Yes: Alzheimer's disease

While it is a disease of old-timers, it is named for the German neurologist, Dr. Alois Alzheimer.

No: Antartic | Yes: Antarctic

Just think of an arc of ants (an ant arc) and that should help you keep the [c] in the pronunciation of this word.

No: Artic | Yes: Arctic

Another hard-to-see [c] but it is there.

No: aks | Yes: ask

This mispronunciation has been around for so long (over 1,000 years) that linguist Mark Aronoff thinks we should cherish it as a part of our linguistic heritage. Most of us would give the axe to "aks."

No: athelete, atheletic | Yes: athlete, athletic

Two syllables are enough for "athlete."

1 comment:

charlotte said...

"Old timers" is one that annoys the heck out of me. I cringe every time a TV commentator says it - they should know better.