This is part 1 of a collaborative effort to consolidate some of the words that trip us and our friends – either due to their unintuitive pronunciations or because the mispronounced words are so deeply embedded in our vernacular that the correct utterances grate on our ears. Many of my friends are contributing to a google sheet to make this collection as exhaustive as possible, and to help us all improve…day by day, word by word. We are also sharing our thoughts/struggles/frustrations/hopes/jokes in the ‘Note’ column to make this an enjoyable class. Please feel free to share your “tripping words” in the comments section, and I will be happy to publish them in one of the subsequent posts. Thanks to all my friends who have given me the liberty to share their words here, and thanks to all the readers too. And I welcome you to this fun class where all the harassed students double as the harassing teachers! 😀
P.S. Native speakers of English might find this to be an extremely stupid endeavor. Nevertheless, you are welcome either to contribute/correct us or to enjoy some other posts on this website! 🙂 Also, keep in mind that the emphasis is on highlighting the part(s) of the words that are commonly enunciated incorrectly.
|Word||Comment on Pronunciation||Note|
|Chic||‘Sheek’||Mishi – Not ‘chick’, not ‘cheek’, not ‘shick’|
|Reservoir||[re-zer-whar] not voir||Sumit – thanks to my English teacher in school who first told me this|
|Gross||gros, not ‘graus’||Sumit – learnt this very recently|
|Gourmet||goor-mey||Sumit – the T is silent! and yes I love food|
|Monk||Pronounced as ‘munk’, not ‘maunk’||Mishi – The ‘munk’ who sold his Ferrari|
|Pizza||Peet-suh’, not ‘Piz-za’||Mishi – mispronounced at an alarming rate during parties|
|Mandatory||manda-tory’ or ‘manda-taury’, not ‘manda-tary’||Mishi – finally mastered this|
|Assume||Pronounced with s, not z; and oo, not yu||Mishi – Uhh|
|Worcestershire||[woo s-ter-sheer, -sher]||Sumit – a totally different pronunciation from what the letters suggest|
|Consume(r)||Pronounced with s, not z; and oo, not yu||Mishi – Uhh|
Have a beautiful day!