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Hi, thanks for stopping by! The dictionary defines the idiom “The Aladdin’s Cave” as “a collection of interesting and beautiful objects”. Likewise, my website is a potpourri where you can browse and read from a variegated collection of articles on sundry subjects. Be prepared to stumble upon pieces ranging from noodles to analytics and from novels to friendships. Like what you read? Thanks a ton for being such a sweetheart. Don’t find it up to the mark? Well, blame it on back-breaking expectations ;) Jolly Reading!

Pronunciation Bloopers – 1

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!

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34 Comments

  1. Hey Tarun, I am glad to see you here 🙂 Thanks a lot for your contribution – will definitely use these in the upcoming posts.

  2. Yeah, reservoir is tricky with its ‘i’, isn’t it? You are a dear for reading, enjoying and commenting on my posts! Thank you so much, Shiks!

  3. Aah reservoir was a surprise! Such a helpful post..thankyou Mishi 🙂

  4. Nice one!!
    Some more to add to a never-ending list 🙂
    Restaurant, Tomb and Amateur!

  5. Haha, Deepika! You didn’t give up on commenting even after so much of struggle 😀 Love you for that! 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed the post. And yeah, I have been mispronouncing many of these words too (and still do, at times). Point taken – you will have a “food” post soon! Also, bloopers rhymes with cooper 🙂
    Loads of love to you and little Shanaya! 🙂

  6. @Manisha Di: Thank you so much, Gudiya di 🙂 It makes me very happy to see you here! And we all mispronounce words very often, but let’s not worry too much about it and just enjoy learning. Ansh can teach his mum the correct pronunciations of English words and his mum can help him learn beautiful Hindi, as her Hindi is just amazing!
    Lots of love!

  7. Mehul! So happy that you read and enjoyed it 🙂 Haha – Goli 😀 These up-to-date kids won’t let us live in peace…isn’t it? I’ll wait for your suggestions, and will post again very soon 🙂 Miss you!

  8. Hey Sweetie ! This is just awesome. I think we have got so accustomed with out own style of pronunciation that practicing the original ones would be difficult 😃 but it’s really interesting and fun to read this considering they are very common words which we use quite often 😃 looking forward for some additions 😃 I would come back with my entries soon as will check with Goli who always have something to correct when we talk 😞

  9. Is it blu-pe??!!
    Why is it vanishing from the comments. Anyways you can delete the rest of the unnecessary replies.
    Okay bye. Loads of love.

  10. Is it ??!

  11. Awesome work Mishi…
    Being a hindi medium student, I mispronounce words so often and Ansh keeps correcting me. So, other than its usefulness in life, it is also very relevant for me .
    Please consider me a big fan of your work.
    Best and love

  12. I have been incorrectly pronouncing half of the words in that list 🙂
    Please add words related to food and cuisines in your next post. Being a foodie I don’t want to utter bloopers. Uhhh and is it ??!

  13. Hey dear! It’s an effort to help us all, you know. Ah, you make me look like a tyrant there 😛 And thanks a lot for the “plum(b)er” input – you will find it soon in one of the posts 🙂 Very happy that you loved it 🙂

  14. Yeah, they will all be a part of the next few posts. Thanks a bunch!

  15. Hey Kamni, Thank you for your encouraging comment and for contributing these tricky words. I will certainly include them in one of the upcoming posts. Yeah, I can imagine how frustrating it would be to familiarize yourself with the medical jargon 🙁 But let us not worry too much and enjoy the process of making mistakes and learning together 🙂 Happy to see you here!

  16. Pixie – Finally! 🙂 You know what, I should follow suit and take a screenshot too – so that I don’t forget them all in a few days! And promise, you will have another post very soon 🙂

  17. Hahahaha! treeeee! It’s just so easy to go the tree-way than the tory-way..isn’t it! And you are hilarious! 😀

  18. Mishi:)what a brilliant post,like always:)
    I have not just read the post,but also taken the screenshot of the page so that I learn to pronounce ye sare words correctly at least:)Don’t make us wait too long for the next post.:)

  19. Gunjan Srivastava

    October 27, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Terri Tree (Territory) and Manday Tree (Mandatory) – My clients should thank you 🙂

  20. Thanks again!! Awesome effort to help people like me 🙂
    While I was reading I felt you are right in front of me & correcting me (especially when going through your notes).
    Plumber is yet another heavily mispronounced word. Mishi says “B is silent, plumer(correct pronunciation)”.
    I think the list will be an eye opener.

    Another feather to your hat!! Love it :*

  21. Shipra Di – Thank you so much for the encouragement! You are absolutely right – when in Rome, do as the Romans do…isn’t it? 🙂 That’s a great idea – I will try to include some brand names in my subsequent posts. And I am banking on your expertise to help me with most of those obscure pronunciations 🙂

  22. And it’s always an honor to have the continued support of a fan! 🙂 Your wish will soon be fulfilled – Promise!

  23. Thank you for your kind words! I am glad you found it helpful. Would be great if you could comment with your name 🙂

  24. Thanks a lot! I gather you are a regular reader – would be great if you could reveal your identity! 🙂

  25. Really thoughtful of you to have taken out time to educate your readers. These are quite common bloopers that most of us overlook.

  26. Yet another helpful piece! We want that coming more often. 🙂

  27. Few more words..brand names actually:

    1. Calvin Klein
    2. Giordano
    3. Hilfiger as in Tommy Hilfiger

  28. Glad its back ! Always a fan ! Had fun reading…again…and again 🙂 You leave me wishing for more 🙂

  29. @Mohit Bhaiya: Yeah, I will add ‘pronunciation’ to my next post. Hmmm, podcast? Maybe I will try it soon – but then be prepared to be badgered by another round of questions! 😛 Thank you so much for all your help and patience in setting up the current version!

  30. Good compilation misha..keep it coming…it also depends on where u coming from..so Americans may be saying things very differently from say Irish. I also came across the list of the famous brand names pronounced wrongly-like ‘hermes’ etc..pretty useful especially for guys 😉

  31. First of all, I am so glad that you back with fresh enthusiasm and secondly you chose an awesome topic for your first post!!!.
    I encounter many awkward and embarrassing moments because of mispronunciation. Mostly because we deal with a lot of long and funny names of the medicines/drugs…Remember CSV, Life Sciences…..and partly because of the fact that my diction suffered a lot when I moved to Haryana (No offense to anyone). I have a personal list of such words may be you guys can add it to your list and share the correct phonetics and pronunciation.
    1. Vase – Is it Waas, Vase or something else
    2. Schedule – Some people say sskedule, I say schedule
    3. Vitamins- Is it Viitamins, Vitem-ins
    4. Pronunciation itself 🙂

  32. Good one. Pronouncing ‘pronunciation’ is a blooper for many too.

    Maybe you should make a podcast where you could share all the correct pronounciation , etc too.

  33. Vasu, I know! Some of them are really impossible 🙁 haha…half your life is NOT over and this post isn’t as entertaining as your comment! 😀 Lol, enjoy the fake-accent allegations – we’ll have more to gossip about 😉 And so glad you liked this post and the new look!

  34. So basically half my life is over and I have been pronouncing words incorrectly! What a shame :P. However, I’m still not sure I will be able to say asoom and Peet-suz without people assuming I have begun using fake accent 😀 (that too, India mein rehte rehte hi 😛 )… What a fundoo post this is! Insightful and entertaining, as always :* also, love the new look of the blog!

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