Under the #mispronounced hashtag, Twitter users are sharing words they’ve hilariously misspoken.
The tweets are spectacular.
The English language—with its silent letters, odd accent placement, and words borrowed from other languages—can be a pronunciation minefield. Below are some of the most common mispronounced words Twitter users are sharing. Click on the word to hear the sometimes-surprising and sometimes-controversial pronunciations.
- Acai—a small, purple berrylike fruit that comes from palm trees found in Central and South America.
- Anemone—a plant related to the buttercup family; a sea anemone is a sedentary, tubular marine animal.
- Banal—boring, hackneyed or trite.
- Bruschetta—an appetizer of toasted bread with olive oil and tomatoes.
- Cache—a hiding place; a secure area for storage; temporary computer storage or memory. Often confused with
- Edinburgh—the capital of Scotland.
- Ennui—restless dissatisfaction; boredom.
- Epitome—a person or thing that is a typical example; an abstract or brief account.
- Espresso—coffee made by forcing steam and boiling water through ground dark-roasted coffee beans.
- Faux pas—a blunder or mistake.
- Foie gras—a dish made from the fattened liver of an animal, particularly a goose.
- Fracas—a noisy argument or brawl.
- GIF—a computer file format; a file or image stored in this format.
- Hors d’oeuvres—appetizers or small snacks.
- Mischievous—causing trouble or annoyance.
- Niche—a recess in a wall; a sheltered or private space; a habitat.
- Primer—a book for teaching children to read; an introductory book or work on a subject. Primer is a material or device used for priming a surface.
- Quiche—a pastry shell filled with cooked custard and other ingredients.
- Quinoa—a tall crop plant that is cultivated for its starchy seeds which are used as food.
- Remuneration—something that rewards or pays; often mispronounced as renumeration.
- Sherbet—a frozen dessert made with skim milk, sugar and flavoring.
Any words to add to this list, PR Daily readers?
Laura Hale Brockway is a writer/editor/marketer/ living in Austin, Texas. Read more of her work on PR Daily and at Impertinent Remarks.
This article originally appeared on PR Daily in August of 2019.