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Hi

Could you please tell me a few words that native speakers mispronounce frequently? I have heard houses and heinous mispronounced in films.

Thanks,

Tom

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There are plenty of lists on the Internet. One that particularly annoys me is people saying "bought" when they mean "brought". The word "anemone" is almost always said as "anenome".

Q. Which word in the English language is always pronounced wrongly?
A. Wrongly!

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A few more heinous mispronunciations:

"grievous" pronounced "gree-vee-us"
"mischievous" pronounced "mis-chee-vee-us"

(it is said that the latter, at least, has a long history, but in modern English it sounds horribly wrong)

One of the very worst:

"nuclear" pronounced "nyoo-kyoo-lar".

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Thanks, GPY.

What about houses? Does it bother you when people (I mean native speakers) mispronounce the highlighted part? I ask it because I believe it is very common.

Tom

Mr. TomWhat about houses? Does it bother you when people (I mean native speakers) mispronounce the highlighted part? I ask it because I believe it is very common.

What is the alleged common mispronunciation?

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Houses

I believe the correct pronunciation is zɪz and not sɪs--unless, of course, the speaker wants to say house's.

I heard President Bush mispronounce heinous the same way you mentioned above. Something like hey-nee-us.

Interestingly, I always thought that these mispronunciations existed in India and Pakistan.

Tom

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Mr. TomI believe the correct pronunciation is zɪz and not sɪs--unless, of course, the speaker wants to say house's.

I would pronounce it zəz. sɪs sounds wrong, but I can't say I've ever noticed native speakers saying it that way, especially with the second "s". sɪz or səz sounds to me like a childish pronunciation.

Mr. TomI heard President Bush mispronounce heinous the same way you mentioned above.

Bush was also a big fan of "nucular", I think. Almost as annoying as Obama's "the thing is is that", "the problem is is that".

nuptials

nup-shalsEmotion: yes

nup-shoo-alsEmotion: no

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