Thank you for all your feedback on The 19 Top Mispronounced Words: Get Out Your Mental Floss. Here are additional words for your reading pleasure and from your comments.
- “You wrote this blog to make fun of me? You know I struggle with Boffet instead of buffet, OTside instead of Outside, etc.”
- FOR spoken as FUR
- GOING as GOIN’ (apply to any word ending in ‘ing’)
- YES as YEAH
- “I shall put in my two cents with regard to redundant phrases: PLEASE PEOPLE, it’s REVERT, not ‘REVERT BACK.’ And also, it’s not “LIKE I SAID” it is “AS I SAID.”
- My dad, who was born in England, was a real stickler on these two. LIE & LAY seems to throw everyone as well.” (From Marsha: It’s pretty easy; you lay something down, people lie down by themselves, and Eric Clapton can help us remember. – See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/lay-versuslie#sthash.u2tNfnJs.dpuf)
- I am in a real estate related industry. The most mispronounced word in real estate is the word ‘Realtor.’ This word is pronounced Reel-tor. Hard ‘T’. Many people say Real-A-tor or Real-A-ter. These pronunciations always hurt my ears. (From Marsha: We received seven complaints on this word!)
- Mayonnaise: May-yo-naise not Mah-yo-neese. And try to refrain from using May-yo.
- This make me crazy when Theater pronounced Thee-a-ter. Argh.
- Chair: Example: “I have 2 donuts so I will chair with you.” It’s ‘share!’
- The one that bothers me is niche (meaning place or position) pronounced niCH which is so often pronounced like nitch.
- t’s a ‘water heater’ not a ‘hot water heater.’ A water heater makes hot water.
Creating awareness will always help improve the way our communication is perceived!
Look forward to hearing from you!