36 Everyday English Words You’ve Probably Been Pronouncing Wrong All This While
Alright let's be honest here. English isn't really our mother-tongue and it's totally not fair to expect us to know the ten thousand different rules and exceptions the language follows. But did you know, that Indians actually beat the British in their expertise over English? Well, we clearly know how to use our words. Maybe it's time we learnt to say them as well!
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There. You've figured out what the correct pronunciations are. Now, you need to decide whether you're actually going to say them that way. I don't know about you, but "bury" and "berry" are never going to be the same for me.
Someone I know tells a story about a very senior academic giving a speech. Students shouldn't worry too much, she says, if their plans "go oar-y" after graduation. Confused glances are exchanged across the hall. Slowly the penny drops: the professor has been pronouncing "awry" wrong all through her long, glittering career.
We've all been there. I still lapse into mis-CHEE-vous if I'm not concentrating. This week some PR whizzes working for a railway station with an unusual nameunveiled the results of a survey into frequently garbled words. The station itself is routinely confused with an endocrine gland about the size of a carrot (you can see why they hired PRs). Researchers also found that 340 of the 1000 surveyed said ex-cetera instead of etcetera, while 260 ordered ex-pressosinstead of espressos. Prescription came out as perscription or proscription 20% of the time.
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