1. I'm 45 and my husband has let me mispronounce that word for 23 years! He finally corrected me. I feel like a dolt!

  2. Pretty sure I never saw that in print until I was in my early 20s. Swear it took me 3 minutes to sound it out to realize it was a word I was familiar with.

  3. Facade, I pronounced it like fay-kade, it was a move in Pokemon and as a youngling wasn't familiar with facades, then in school I read it in a story and figured it out thru context and felt like a genius and a moron all in 1

  4. I think it's cause I knew the work "Arcade" before the word "Facade", and it's kinda embarrassing cause I never saw the actual word "Facade" (fasad) spelled out, so I thought they were two separate words💀

  5. Same! But I pronounced it as "fuck aid", and I didn't know what fuck meant at the time. Good thing I didn't use that word in normal conversations.

  6. The spelling just makes absolutely no sense to the way it’s pronounced!!! It’s one of my biggest questions in life lol. There’s no “R” in that spelling so how in the hell does it say “kernel”?!

  7. I said awry (awe ree) until I was corrected in high school reading aloud in theatre. After someone corrected me and it clicked I was like oh that’s why I never see “a rye” in written work.

  8. I’ll never forget I wrote a paper in tenth grade, and I used the word awry. This girl, who wasn’t the most intelligent, was assigned to proof read my paper. She circled it and said I made the word up, and she wouldn’t listen to me that it was a real word. Anytime I read or hear the word awry, I get a good chuckle thinking of the dumb fuck who thought she was hot shit.

  9. Faux. Folks. I still don't know how to pronounce faux. I used to say "fox" and now I say "faow" but I've also heard "fohw" so idk I'll just say fake. Folks still harms me I still can't think of how to say it. Do you say the L? Do you not?

  10. Faux is pronounced the same way you say "Oh." "Foh." Folks is more of a dialect pronunciation, as a southerner, I personally say "Fohlks." L and all, but its not an emphasized part of the word.

  11. i was a liberal studies major and my professors had all sorts of accents. this word was used A LOT. german, spanish/english (she was from spain but moved to the uk at a young age so picked up parts of both), and several dialects of english accents. they all said it HEJ-eh-moan-y and this is how i say it!

  12. When I was in 1st grade I hadn't heard Adidas said out loud so I legitimately had no idea how to pronounce it.

  13. All throughout the Harry Potter books, both my husband and I thought Hermione's name was Her-me-own. Didn't get it until the movies and still think it wrong first. 😆

  14. I read somewhere that J.K. Rowling specifically put the part where Hermione has to teach Victor Krum how to say her name in the book to teach people the proper pronunciation.

  15. That’s almost how it sounds in portuguese, which was the version I read, so even though it’s spelled the same, it’s pronounced her-me-own-ee

  16. I clued in while reading book 4 and viktor krum is written pronouncing her name phonetically. Still didn’t save me from saying ”professor snap-eh” 🤓

  17. I did the same for Hermione and I read Dumbledore as Dum-bleh-door the entire series. My world was turned upside down when I watched the first movie

  18. I thought that yarmulke and yamaka were different things until I was 25. Same with dachshund and doxon (until I was 22 or so I think)

  19. I didn’t know that one, but I guess it’s probably because we don’t really have a Jewish community in my neck of the woods.

  20. It's correctly pronounced as fast as you can with a subject change so no one notices you have no idea how to say it. It's fine, they don't either.

  21. To give you credit, anything Gaelic based is weird as sin. And I just looked into the actual Gaelic and it's even worse: sail éille

  22. As a Swede, this is by far the hardest word for me to pronounce in English. I used to say it like “debb•t” or “deb•th” until I learned that you pronounce it something like “deht” with a very weak t

  23. Rhapsody. I couldn’t figure out what to do with the ‘h’ so after much thought I landed on Reh-poss-oh-dee. I proudly told my uncle that I could play Bohemian Reh-poss-oh-dee on guitar hero and he’s never let me live that down.

  24. Quaker, like Quaker Oats or the weird country folk that don’t fight or something. I think I was reading a book aloud to the class and I pronounced it Quack-ER and I shit you not I feel like the class collectively as a hive mind decided they would do nothing else with the rest of their lives aside from shaming me til I killed myself for it. Good times.

  25. Kept pronouncing Regina as “rah-gie-nah” (like vagina) and everyone had to correct me because it was a school play

  26. Hear that at least once a week. “You ever seen the Key and Peele skit?!” No, you are the first person to ever bring it up to me.

  27. Yeah this one still haunts me. I always thought of it as Mel- launch-oly. Luckily it wasn’t a word I would have spoken very often so my shame remained hidden lol.

  28. As a non-native english speaker, the first time I read Harry Potter in english was in my early-to-mid teens. I thought Hermione is pronounced "her-mee-one" until I saw it in english when I was 22. It's Hermiona (herr-mee-o-nah) in czech

  29. Not me but my wife always pronounced fatigue as “fatty-gue” it was only when I heard her read side effects of medication out loud that she realised she had been doing it her whole life and nobody had said anything. It’s now pronounced fatty-gue in our house now and forever will be.

  30. NCAA- read out loud in class as N-C-A-A. Teacher corrected me that it’s N-C-Double A. Very embarrassing in a sports crazy town. My family clearly wasn’t cool.

  31. No need to feel embarrassed. That’s sort of pretentious of your teacher depending on how they corrected you. Plenty of people say it both ways.

  32. That’s one I just start typing letters into iOS and hope it corrects me. If you put a gun to my head and told me to spell it correctly or I would never get to see my family again, I would never see my family again.

  33. I still remember the clerk at the ice cream counter at a Thrifty Drugstore in L.A. in about 1973 who laughed in my face when I ordered a "pint" without the long 'I'.

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