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    Posted: 18 May 2021 at 12:02pm
While we wait for emails, shall we confess our sins?

What words did you learn from reading only to later find out you were mispronouncing?

Mine's abacus, which I have eternally pronounced "uh-BOCK-us" which... apparently isn't it.

Also RIP to high school me for polygamy, which I pronounced as "poly" as in "polygon" and "gamy" like "cami."
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sieve which I always thought rhymed with believe until some nice person disabused me of that idea.... 
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loath: I pronounce it with a soft 'th' the same way I say 'loathe'. I am loath to switch over.
forte: I pronounce it 'fortay' as if it were a French word that lost its 'é' in Anglicization.
salve: Like many, I pronounced the 'L'. Recently I've made the switch to 'saav' and it hasn't killed me.
biopic: 50/50 shot as to whether I will pronounce it similar to 'biopsy' or 'bye-o pic'

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I cannot pronounce the word 'anthopomorphization' correctly on the first go the majority of the time. Somewhere in the middle, I lose track of the number of syllables it's supposed to have and can't figure out where the emphasis should to be. 

Sometimes I avoid ordering 'gyros' because I don't want to deal with the confusion. "Do you mean Jye-roes?" I'm not Greek, but no, I don't believe I do. I've had this happen several times with 'croissant' as well. "Oh, do you mean a kruh-sawnt?" Look, I'm not getting in your business about how you pronounce it, so you just leave me to my own brand of mouth noises*. (/sulks quietly in a corner). 

Like many people, I was thrown for a loop the first time I saw the word 'segue' written down. I was reading a passage out loud to my grade 9 English class at the time too. No one seemed concerned about what a 'seh-gyoo' was. I put two and two together on that one pretty quickly though.

*I'm not actually that sensitive. 


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Originally posted by ChillyToez ChillyToez wrote:



sieve which I always thought rhymed with believe until some nice person disabused me of that idea.... 

Uhhhh... so what DOES it rhyme with? Because I also pronounce it like "believe"

Speaking of words that (don't) rhyme with believe, for years I pronounced "Segue" like "Seeg". I thought "segway" was a completely different word Cry
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Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

loath: I pronounce it with a soft 'th' the same way I say 'loathe'. I am loath to switch over.
forte: I pronounce it 'fortay' as if it were a French word that lost its 'é' in Anglicization.
salve: Like many, I pronounced the 'L'. Recently I've made the switch to 'saav' and it hasn't killed me.
biopic: 50/50 shot as to whether I will pronounce it similar to 'biopsy' or 'bye-o pic'

As a bonus: 

I cannot pronounce the word 'anthopomorphization' correctly on the first go the majority of the time. Somewhere in the middle, I lose track of the number of syllables it's supposed to have and can't figure out where the emphasis should to be. 

Sometimes I avoid ordering 'gyros' because I don't want to deal with the confusion. "Do you mean Jye-roes?" I'm not Greek, but no, I don't believe I do. I've had this happen several times with 'croissant' as well. "Oh, do you mean a kruh-sawnt?" Look, I'm not getting in your business about how you pronounce it, so you just leave me to my own brand of mouth noises*. (/sulks quietly in a corner). 

Like many people, I was thrown for a loop the first time I saw the word 'segue' written down. I was reading a passage out loud to my grade 9 English class at the time too. No one seemed concerned about what a 'seh-gyoo' was. I put two and two together on that one pretty quickly though.

*I'm not actually that sensitive. 


Ha, I replied to the first post about "segue" without reading yours! 

Also, pretty much all of these apply to me, too. Oofs all around.
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Originally posted by Reasonably_Crazy Reasonably_Crazy wrote:

Originally posted by ChillyToez ChillyToez wrote:



sieve which I always thought rhymed with believe until some nice person disabused me of that idea.... 

Uhhhh... so what DOES it rhyme with? Because I also pronounce it like "believe"

Rhymes with 'give'.
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Love this discussion! I thought I was the only one who could read but not talk! My main word and I still say it incorrectly. The word is thesaurus. But I’ve always said in my mind “thiss are wriss.” 
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When I was younger pubic and public were interchangeable when reading.
Made for some pretty questionable thoughts on what was going on in a story.
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One thing I've always struggled with are names in books. I remember reading The Hobbit and LotR in elementary and middle school. I was probably halfway through Return of the King when my brother informed me it was Gandalf, not Grandhalf.

Also in the fantasy realm:
Wyvern: I first read it as 'wih-vern' (short 'i') instead of 'wye-vern' (long 'i'). Out loud I say the latter now, but in my head it is always the former. I just like t better.
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Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

loath: I pronounce it with a soft 'th' the same way I say 'loathe'. I am loath to switch over.
forte: I pronounce it 'fortay' as if it were a French word that lost its 'é' in Anglicization.
salve: Like many, I pronounced the 'L'. Recently I've made the switch to 'saav' and it hasn't killed me.
biopic: 50/50 shot as to whether I will pronounce it similar to 'biopsy' or 'bye-o pic'

As a bonus: 

I cannot pronounce the word 'anthopomorphization' correctly on the first go the majority of the time. Somewhere in the middle, I lose track of the number of syllables it's supposed to have and can't figure out where the emphasis should to be. 

Sometimes I avoid ordering 'gyros' because I don't want to deal with the confusion. "Do you mean Jye-roes?" I'm not Greek, but no, I don't believe I do. I've had this happen several times with 'croissant' as well. "Oh, do you mean a kruh-sawnt?" Look, I'm not getting in your business about how you pronounce it, so you just leave me to my own brand of mouth noises*. (/sulks quietly in a corner). 

Like many people, I was thrown for a loop the first time I saw the word 'segue' written down. I was reading a passage out loud to my grade 9 English class at the time too. No one seemed concerned about what a 'seh-gyoo' was. I put two and two together on that one pretty quickly though.

*I'm not actually that sensitive. 
Maybe this is a cross the pond thing but in the UK it is fortay as if the acute e was lost. We'd also say both biopsy and biopic the same way but they would both be bye-o, so don't feel bad you were just doing an accent at the time!

For years I thought ravenous was pronounced ra-VAIN-us. No idea where I got that from, maybe words like hilarious where you put the emphasis on the second syllable? 
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