Tuesday, August 4, 2009


I read a magazine article a while back that listed the top 10 mispronounced words. The two I was guilty of was “realtor” and “jibe” of which I was happy to learn the correct pronunciation. I hear both of those words mispronounced often. My husband immediately looked up the word “jibe” after I corrected him—he couldn’t just take my word for it.

Incorrect  / Correct

assessory  /  accessory
calvary  / cavalry
cannidate  / candidate
comfterble  / comfortable
dialate  / dilate
disasterous  / disastrous
ecsetera  / etcetera
expecially  / especially
expresso  / espresso
heidth  / height
jive  /  jibe
lambast  / lambast
eminiture  / miniature
mischievious  / mischievous
nucular  / nuclear
ordinance  / ordnance
perculate  / percolate
perogative  / prerogative
perscription  / prescription
realator  / realtor
reoccur  / recur
sherbert  / sherbet
silicone  / silicon
snuck  / sneaked
spitting image  / spit and image
stomp  / stamp
supposably  / supposedly
taunt  / taut
tickilish  / ticklish
verbage  / verbiage
volumptuous  / voluptuous
yoke  / yolk

Now you’re a little smarter, Girlfriend — And so am I.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this. I'm kind of a nazi about pronunciation and spelling. It seems a lot of people just don't care. I'm always happy to find a kindred spirit. Some others that really bug me: your when it should be you're, then when it should be than, and definitely...a word that definitely has no A in it!