There’s a huge chance you’ve been pronouncing a lot of common words wrongly. There’s also no shame in admitting the English language is hard, difficult to master, and constantly evolving; but, like most things, it gets better with practice, even for people who had to take it up as a second language.
So, here are 10 words you might be pronouncing incorrectly and how to fix them.
Definition: (slang) One who imposes one’s views on others, or is considered unfairly oppressive or needlessly strict.
It sounds more like nat-si, not na-zi, or na-si
Example: OkadaBooks usually gets called a grammar Nazi.
Definition: A photo, video, or GIF with slight adaptations, circulated on the internet.
It sounds more like mim (or meem), not me-me, neither is it mme-mme.
Example: I don’t like that book meme you sent me yesterday, kindly send another.
It sounds like or-foon, not of-tun.
Example: Since OkadaBooks came into my life, I’ve been reading more often.
Definition: Polite behavior
It sounds like kor-te-si, or kor-ti-si, not kort-si
Example: Thank you for the courtesy of reading this article.
Definition: Causing mischief; troublesome, cheeky, badly behaved.
It sounds something like mis-chu-vus, not mis-chee-vi-us.
Example: That boy is mischievous, he cannot be trusted at all.
Definition: A baked dish of thinly rolled bread dough and tasty toppings.
It sounds like pit-sa, not pi-za, or pi-sa
Example: I brought a large box of pizza home last night; my girlfriend ate it all.
Definition: (computing) A fast temporary storage, where recently or frequently used information is stored to avoid frequent reload.
It sounds like cash, not cash-ay.
Example: If your browser isn’t responding, clear your cache!
Definition: A group of connected rooms, usually separable from other rooms by means of access.
It sounds like swit, not su-hit
Example: My next birthday will be celebrated at the Presidential Suite.
Definition: A period of rule
It sounds like raygeem, not rigime.
Example: Some people say we’re back to the military regime, do you agree?
- Honor/ Honour
Definition: Recognition of importance or value.
The letter ‘H is silent! It sounds like or-nor, not hor-nor!
Example: It is important that we honor our favorite reading app by reading more books on it.
We made it! Hopefully, you’ve learned something new and wouldn’t mind showcasing your new skills to your friends and families.
Note that some of the definitions on this list are the frequently used ones in our world today, other definitions may be available, as the case may be.
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