Dictionary.com came up with the five words we mispronounce the most. They based it on how many people click the audio button next to a word online, to see how to pronounce it. Here are the results…
1. Coupon- (Pronounced KOO-pon.) A lot of people say “KYOO-pon,” which is okay if you’re in America. But apparently we’re the only ones who say it that way.
2. Mischievous- (Pronounced MISS-cheh-vous.) It’s three syllables, not four. But a lot of people says “mich-CHEE-vee-ous.”
3. Reservoir- People ignore the second “R”, and say “res-UH-voir.”
4. Prerogative- It starts with a “P-R-E.” So it’s “PRUH-rogative,” not “PER-ogative.”
5. Espresso- A lot of people say “EX-presso”, but there’s no “X” in there.
Another one from Market Watch was “quinoa”. (Pronounced KEEN-wah.) Which you might know how to say now, but not the first time you said it.
Also, the dessert “sherbet” is pronounced SHER-bit. Some people say “sher-BAY” or “sher-BERT” has become so common it’s considered an alternate spelling now.