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October 21, 2008

What is the most frequently mispronounced word in the English language?


Above, the top 20, with phenomenon the winner.

Hey, I came second.

You could look it up.

I wonder how the U.S. iteration — anesthesiologist — might've placed.

Wouldn't be surprised if the three additional syllables were enough to put it over the top and trump phenomenon.

[via Telegraph.co.uk and Milena]

October 21, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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So... Is this English from the U.K., Canada, or the U.S. ? Because I once spoke with a man from Liverpool, and I couldn't understand a word he said.
Same with the word "aunt"... is it pronounced "ant" or "ont"
Why does the word "assignment" have 2 's''s, when the word "alignment" has only one 'l'?
English is my first language, and there are way too many rules to it for any one person to remember them all.

Posted by: Kayla | Oct 22, 2008 5:58:51 PM

I am surprised at the number 1 since the entirety of the US mispronounces aluminium.

Posted by: Kiriel | Oct 21, 2008 4:19:26 PM

Nuclear -- (noo-kyoo-ler)
Stupid -- (stoo-pid)


Posted by: Flautist | Oct 21, 2008 3:38:42 PM

The pronunciation for provocatively isn't even correct!

Posted by: Jill | Oct 21, 2008 2:43:12 PM

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