Having earned a living as a writer in a previous life, I pride myself on my English. Don’t get me wrong, I still make mistakes. But most of the time I realize something’s not right and look things up before I “publish.” That wasn’t the case when I told my friend Joan about my “word of the day” subscription. Asked for an example of a word I’d learned I said “denouement.” Actually, I said “dee-noo-ment.” She said “I think it’s pronounced ‘day-nu-ma,’ ” sounding appropriately French. Of course, she was right.
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Some common words you may be mispronouncing.
People often mispronounce a word until someone corrects them. Here are some examples of common words you may be mispronouncing. And, speaking of “mispronouncing,” how about people who say “pronounciation” instead of pronunciation? I heard a podcast host say it this morning!
Words that aren’t pronounced the way they’re spelled.
I had seen “denouement” in print but rarely, if ever, heard the word spoken. I assumed it was pronounced the way it was spelled. Wrong! Here are some other examples of words that aren’t pronounced the way they’re spelled.
Compare your spelling skills with a bunch of 7th graders.
Actually, to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, students must be in 7th grade or lower. They range in age from eight to fifteen. Just for fun, take this test to see how your spelling skills compare with these whiz kids. The test was created using actual words from the contest.
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