If I hear the word mischeeveeus one more time I will scream! Well, I probably already have screamed.What’s next? Both children and adults pronounce this word incorrectly. Do you see a ‘vious at the end of the word mischievous (correctly spelled)? No, I don’t either. That means it isn’t pronounced ‘vee-us. The last syllable is pronounced ‘vus. The entire word has three syllables, not four. And the accent is not on the second syllable; it is on the first. There is no long ‘ee sound in the word at all. MIS-chiv-us. That is how it is pronounced!
Here are 10 of the most commonly used and mispronounced words in the English language:
1. Mischeeveeus. See above!
2. Undoubtably. No such word. The ending is wrong. The word is undoubtedly.
3. Supposably. No such word. The ending is wrong. The word is supposedly.
4. Heighth. Since when is there an h at the end of this word? It ends in a T sound.
5. Often. The T is silent in this one.
6. Pronounciation. Pronounce is a word, but when you make this verb into a noun, the noun becomes a nun! Pronunciation is correct.
7. Jew-lery. Nope. It is pronounced exactly the way it is spelled: jewel-ry.
8. Real-a-tour. Nope. Once again, it is pronounced just the way it is spelled: real-tor.
9. Probly. I know you know how to way this one. Give it that missing syllable that has really been there all along: pro-bab-ly.
10. Reoccur. No O at all. Just recur. Two syllables.
No, I didn’t forget Feb-u-ary and liberry, but I think we all know those by now!
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