12 words communicators struggled to pronounce in 2016

These terms left some reporters and PR pros tongue tied.

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Her list of the year’s most mispronounced words reflects some of its biggest news stories.

It’s been making the rounds through various news media outlets and through social media, and includes the words that reporters and PR pros struggled with in 2016.

They are:

Bowie (/’boʊ-iː/; boh-ee)

When pop icon David Bowie died in January 2016, apparently some reporters had a tough time pronouncing it.

Breitbart (/’breɪt-bɑːrt/; breyt-bart)

The conservative news site worked its way into headlines when president-elect Donald Trump tapped Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon to be his chief strategist.

Cisgender (/’sɪz-dʒɛn-dɜːr/; sizz-gen-dehr)

Gender identity issues were pushed to the forefront in 2016, and this term—meaning that a person’s gender identity is the same as their birth sex—tangled up some reporters.

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