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Are there words that you persistently misread/mispronounce ?

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JuanPotatoTwo Sun 24-Aug-14 21:33:09

We often have some products made by a company called Clinell. I always (in my head) pronounce it 'kin hell. Makes me smile I also struggle to remember what the word for processing photos is, ie 'developing'. Not sure why that one eludes me, it's very straightforward.

Anyone else?

Superlovely Sun 24-Aug-14 21:33:47

Quay. Always to rhyme with bay.

Mintyy Sun 24-Aug-14 21:34:26


Showy Sun 24-Aug-14 21:36:26


JuanPotatoTwo Sun 24-Aug-14 21:42:34

How do you pronounce Calliope? And what does it mean?

ClashCityRocker Sun 24-Aug-14 21:44:00

Develop does it for me. It's crying out for an 'e' on the end.

Also, I thought for ages that 'pedants' and 'pendants' were the same thing,

keepingmum121 Sun 24-Aug-14 21:45:09

archipelago. I never remember where to put the emphasis.

contortionist Sun 24-Aug-14 21:46:15

Causal. I always read it as casual.

GailTheFish Sun 24-Aug-14 21:50:34

Segue. Every single time. For years i thought seege and segway were two entirely separate words.

olaflikeswarmhugs Sun 24-Aug-14 21:51:51

Not mispronounce as such but this - when I see the name Sean I know it is pronounced "Shawn" and that's how I say it in my head .

But when I see the actor Sean Bean name written , I always read it as

"Seen Bean"

<weirdo> blush

chrome100 Sun 24-Aug-14 21:54:04

I have never been able to say the word "binoculars" properly. I avoid it wherever possible. Luckily I don't come across them on a daily basis.

Asleeponasunbeam Sun 24-Aug-14 21:56:02

Misled for me. Every time .

ShirazSavedMySanity Sun 24-Aug-14 21:56:08

I've just read the word 'macabre' in the book I'm reading (we need to talk about Kevin) and realised I have no idea how to pronounce the word

KirstyJC Sun 24-Aug-14 21:56:26

Misled for me too. Also co-pilot - I always merge it into copilot in my head.

Antimacassar - I always read/say it as antimassacre. Not that it comes up often in everyday conversation now that my grandparents are gone.

Showy Sun 24-Aug-14 21:57:29

Calliope is a rather beautiful name. Kuh-lie-opee. Same stress as Penelope or Persephone. I always read it as cally-oh-pee though.

tmae Sun 24-Aug-14 21:58:47

My friend used to read banal a bay-nal, I always pronounced addict as ah-dikt even though I knew it was wrong for some reason

Whenwillwe3meetagain Sun 24-Aug-14 22:00:15

Epitome for me in my head I always say epi - tome Grrr

GailTheFish Sun 24-Aug-14 22:01:03

Also, hyperbole. No matter how many times I chant the right pronunciation in my head it still comes out as hyper-bowl.

guinnessgirl Sun 24-Aug-14 22:13:14

gail, I am shock at segue! 32 years old, i write for a living and I never realised it was pronounced like that blush

Trinpy Sun 24-Aug-14 22:15:45

I have a real problem with pronouncing place names as they're written. I know the correct way to say them but my brain doesn't seem to agree. E.g. Derbyshire, Warwick, Worcester.

For some reason, Gloucester, Leicester and many others are easy for me to remember.

FabulousFudge Sun 24-Aug-14 22:17:29


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LoveVintage Sun 24-Aug-14 22:29:50

Well I had to Google how to pronounce hyperbole as I thought it was -bowl.

I always call Dunelm Mill 'Dunel Milne'

Until Friends I thought Phoebe was pronounced Foe-eb.

Asleeponasunbeam Sun 24-Aug-14 22:33:45

Shopfitters, when seen sign-written on a van. Always looks like 'shoplifters' to me.

ijustwanttobeme Sun 24-Aug-14 22:52:05

How do you pronounce chutzpah?

It confuses the hell out of me.

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