We asked our Reading Addicts what words they have read over and over only to realise they’d been pronouncing them wrong all along. We had such a great response we decided to collate some of the best and present them here. With any luck this will stop any future mispronunciation of common words and names in our future reading!
Of Harry Potter fame, of course!
NOT bru-SHET-ah as the CH in Italian is pronounced as a K sound.
Not, as one Reading Addict believed since they were a child: “picture-skew”!
As featured in the Outlander series… Gaelic is notoriously difficult to decipher.
The wading bird does NOT rhyme with clover but DOES rhyme with cover…
If you only ever read it, you may put the emphasis in the wrong place and make it sound like coh-row-ner!
Not, as one Reading Addict had thought, super-fluous.
I can imagine how this would stump someone!
The C is silent!
OK so I may have been pronouncing this one wrong for a while… It is NOT quin-oh-wah.
One Reading Addicts confessed to an hilarious mispronunciation “sy-cho-faint”.
Yes, the B is silent.
If you have only ever read it this one can be tricky!
NOT “ass-yoog” or “ah-soo-age”
I still keep reading it as “eh-pit-tome”, to this day, despite knowing how to say it!
Definitely not with a hard K sound…
I suppose someone used to say “coll-on-nell”?
This was a popular one with many pronouncing it “kway”.
The G is silent!
Not some crazy game of football- HYPER-BOWL!
One of my favourite Reading Addicts mispronunciation stories where she made her pronunciation a little too French “ehn-ahm-oured”
Funky French word where the QUE is a hard K sound.
Not, as many believe, “hay-worth”.
Another where some letters are just plain silent.
As if the Y and T should have been swapped about.
This is only the tip of the mispronunciation iceberg! We have many, many more of your offerings but these were our favourites so far. Keep ’em coming, Reading Addicts, and remember: it is unfair to berate someone for their mispronunciation of a word as it means they learnt it through reading- and that is NOT a bad thing!
An early record of the idea of sign language was by philosopher Socrates who said: “If we hadn’t a voice or a tongue, and wanted to express things to one another, wouldn’t we try to make signs by moving our hands, head, and the rest of our body..?”
In Western societies it was as early as the 17th century when hand and finger movements were used to spell out words. The systems have evolved rapidly and now people with hearing impairments have the freedom to communicate as they please. The only disability is when those of us who have no such impairment have, for our shame, not learnt any sign language ourselves…
This is where a bit of colouring in can help, even if you just stab at the page with a red pencil while screaming obscenities. Regular colouring books are good, adult colouring books are great, but colouring books that swear along with you? They are THE BEST.
Just take a look…