Here Are 79 Words You’ve Been Saying Wrong the Whole Time

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Do you get frustrated when people say “ex cetera” when they should be saying “et cetera,” or “mis-pro-nounce-i-a-tion” rather than “mis-pro-nunce-i-a-tion?” How about the the travesty of saying “supposably” instead of saying “supposedly?”

Well don’t get too worked up, because there might be words you’re saying incorrectly, too!

For example, do you know the correct pronunciation of “gif”? What about “Edinburgh”? “Hyperbole”? “Arctic”? Is it “anyway” or “anyways”? Time to check in and make sure you haven’t been saying them wrong all this time.

Thankfully, John Green took to mental floss to clear up some of the most commonly mispronounced words in the English language — along with a few of those words that we “borrowed” from other languages. (Note: Regarding the word “irregardless”: it is included in some dictionaries — but like John, most consider it slang and suggest you use “regardless.”)

So let’s get down to the bottom of things and figure out whether its “car-mel” or “care-a-mel.” Watch the entertaining and educational video below to see how many words you may be pronouncing incorrectly. You may just find that you have some atoning to do too!


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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.
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