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Melancholy. I used to pronounce it “Meow Land Show Lee.”
Archive. I still refuse to pronounce it correctly
pronounciation ( i would say ‘pronounce-ee–ation
Fanta, pronounced as Fawn-tuh
I used to pronounce about as “aboot.” That’s not the awkward part. The awkward part is I had so much influence at the time that I unintentionally got a whole nation state to start doing it too.
Delphi (the programming language) and I used it for several years
I used to think the word ‘Viscount’ was pronounced vis-count with the s being said
Maleficent, still not entirely sure if I say it right. Also Misogyny
Detritus. Who knew it had two t’s?
I always pronounced pupil (an eye) the correct way but I thought pupil (a student) was pup – ill
Plethora. I heard John Travolta use it in a line in a movie when I was a kid…I mispronounced it until college when my gf, who I was arguing with at the time, pointed out that I was an idiot.
“It’s pleh-the-ra, not pleh-thor-a…stupid.”
Not a word but a phrase.
*Play it by air* is how I thought the phrase went, because it’s like see which way the wind is blowing and acting accordingly.
The actual phrase, *play it by ear*, is commonly used in many contexts which do not completely jibe with the original meaning of the phrase, meaning to play an instrument without sheet music.
I’ve been intermittent fasting for years but used to say it was interment fasting. My friend asked me if I was on a death diet and thats how I found out.
Epitome. Pronouncing it “epidomy” just sounds dumb and not correct to me. I would pronounce it “epi-tome”. Then I had a snarky co-worker correct me in the middle of a meeting and now I say it the “correct way” even though when it leaves my lips it sounds wrong.
You guys really need to learn the basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet. These types of threads are always painful when people try to type out pronunciations.