Is there a word you always somehow say wrong? There is? I’ve got one, too. Nuclear. For some reason I always pronounce it nukeyoular. Drives Mrs Wellthisiswhatithink batty.
Well apparently, “phenomenon”, “remuneration” and “statistics” have topped a list of the most commonly mispronounced English words.
That rings true to me. I have heard countless people talk about renumeration – which means re-numbering, of course – when they’re trying to talk all posh abut something you or I probably call “pay”.
Speakers also have a problem getting their tongue around “ethnicity”, “hereditary” and “particularly”, according to the UK body charged with recording public utterances.
The British Institute Of Verbatim Reporters (BIVR) is the UK’s leading organisation for professionals involved in taking down speech at court and tribunal hearings.
A poll of its members found the 10 words that Britons consistently find the most challenging to pronounce.
Completing the list are “conjugal”…
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