When you're hitting up the local smoothie shop, don't ask for ACK-ah-ee, ah-KAI or ah-SIGH berries. The emphasis goes on the third (and last) syllable.
This adjective starts like the apps on the your phone, not a-PLICK-able.
Don't forget about that first C. Some people skip the "arc" in favor of ART-ick, and the same goes for Antarctic.
No, this isn't a sneaky French word. The tendency to say cash-AY stems from the similar-looking cachet (meaning prestige), while cache refers to a storage or hiding place.
You could use either AYE-thur or EEE-thur, but the latter is 's preferred pronunciation.
The month doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but it shouldn't sound like January. The impulse to drop the first R is called dissimilation, according to .
Music buffs might pronounce this one as for-TAY, and if you're talking about a composer's note, that would be correct. However, if reading sheet music is your strong point, that's also called a forte — no second syllable required.
The tendency to add a fancy French sound strikes again. But welcoming guests into your foy-AY doesn't make the best first impression.
Here's where an AY sound comes in handy. If you're attending a fancy ball, it isn't a GAL-uh.
No exaggeration, this four-syllable word has nothing to do with bowls thanks to its Greek roots. Fun fact: Hyperbole's antonym is litotes, meaning an extreme understatement and pronounced LYE-tuh-teez.
Don't get these legal terms mixed up. Liability (being obligated) is different from libel (a defamatory statement).
Just like February, the two R sounds in library make proper pronunciation especially hard. Lots of people (even college professors and presidents!) are as skipping one or the other.
Whether you like this purpley color or not, it isn't supposed to rhyme with stove.
This popular mistake pops up as a typo too. Don't add an extra I at the end, as in mis-CHEEV-i-ous.
Believe it or not, pronouncing the T in often is officially a no-go, according to at least. The variant is so "stigmatized" that the dictionary even precedes it with an obelus mark (which looks like a division sign), meaning that it "is considered by some to be questionable or unacceptable."
Although "neesh" is increasingly accepted, "nitch" is the older and more popular way to refer to a specialized place or role.
The White House may have the nuclear codes, but at least four presidents (Bush, Clinton, Carter and Eisenhower) have messed up this adjective. Their mistake? Switching the adjacent sounds, a linguistic phenomenon called metathesis, according to .
While you may be in church when listening to a prelude, the first syllable doesn't sound like "pray." This noun and verb stems from the Latin word praeludere, meaning to play beforehand.
Coincidentally, pronunciation isn't always pronounced right, probably because the verb form contains the syllable "noun" while the noun (counterintuitively) does not.
Ever since the 1920s, people have combined the words irrespective and regardless into the very nonstandard "irregardless." Almost a century later, it's still a big no-no.
No matter its political leanings, a regime doesn't sound like RUH-geem.
If you've been mispronouncing this as STAH-tus your whole life, you're not alone. But it's never too late to get it right!
Your hotel room is probably pretty sweet, regardless of whether you're wearing a suit. (And don't even think about saying sue-TAY.)
Meaning fleeting or temporary, transient can refer to a mood, visit or job, to name a few uses. Just don't mistakenly say tran-ZEE-ent.