Understandably, you’ve probably looked at this word on a page and assumed it was supposed to be pronounced “vik-shoo-uhls,” or “vik-too-uhls” because what else would it really be? Well, the technical pronunciation is actually “vittles.”
Just when you thought the English language couldn’t get any weirder...
As it turns out, you’ve been pronouncing the name of your favorite Mexican fast food joint wrong all along! While most of us have been saying “chip-oat-lay” (or maybe even “chip-ottl” if you’re really out-of-touch with the world), it’s actually “cheap-oat-lay.”
Technically, “Feb-YOU-ary” is also listed as a correct pronunciation of the second month of the year in most dictionaries, however, this is probably because somewhere down the road, English-speakers decided that the extra “r” in the technical pronunciation, “Feb-roo-ary” was unnecessary and too awkward to pronounce.
This one might seem like a pretty big no-brainer to many, but you’d be surprised by how many people pronounce this word like “height-th.” But in all honesty, it really does make no sense, considering we have “width” and “length.”
But then again, who said the English language had any sort of consistency?
Chances are, you’ve used the word “reoccur” in order to describe an instance that happened again, but interestingly enough, “recur” is actually the correct word. No need to add an extra syllable after all!
Here’s an example of a confusing silent letter in the English language. Who the heck knows when you’re even supposed to soften the vowel when there’s an “e” at the end of the word, or even pronounce that “e” at all!
Just to add more confusion into the mix, this word is pronounced “lam-based,” and not “lam-bast” like most of us probably thought.
This word, which refers to a doctor who studies the anatomy and functions of the eye, is quite the mouthful! Most would probably pronounce it as “op-tha-mall-oh-jist,” Whereas it’s correct pronunciation is “off-thal-mall-oh-jist.”
Although probably 99.9% of us have been saying “miss-chee-vee-ous” this whole time, this word is actually pronounced “miss-che-vous.” But if you look at the actual spelling of the word, it totally makes sense - there’s no “i” after the “v”!
You’ll know this dish as an Italian appetizer that includes slices of bread with garlic, olive oil and tomatoes on top. However, one thing you probably didn’t know is that this word isn’t pronounced “brew-shet-uh,” but rather “brew-sket-uh.”
Who knew that “persnickety” wasn’t technically a word at all and is instead a mispronunciation of a Scottish word by American English-speakers! However, "persnickety" has been adopted into the English dictionary because of its wide usage.