Mispronounced Words: As Long As We Understand You, Who Cares?

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40 Hard-to-Pronounce Words You’re Probably Getting Wrong

By Olivia Valdes ThoughtCo

We all know the embarrassing feeling of discovering we’ve mispronounced a word for years. On the other hand, some words are so commonly mispronounced that the “correct” pronunciation sounds downright strange.

Don’t feel bad if you’ve been mispronouncing some of these tricky words. A living language like English evolves and thrives precisely because it is spoken every day. Some choose to adhere to rigid rules (known as linguistic prescription) of grammar and pronunciation and take pleasure the precision of English grammar and vocabulary. Others prefer the descriptive linguistics approach, which doesn’t apply judgments like correct or incorrect, but instead looks at how language is actually used.

In other words, as long as people can understand you, you are successfully using language for its primary purpose: communication.

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