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Also it is ESpresso not EXpresso.
Now that that is out of the way, we can talk about more words that are commonly mispronounced. In today’s video of the day, John Green runs through 79 of the most commonly mispronounced words in the newest video from Mental Floss. Like the actor who plays Voldemort is Ralph Fiennes. But it isn’t pronounced how it looks. If you say that something is your “forte” it is pronounced like that thing you build with pillows and chairs but don’t be pedantic and correct people.
That moving picture of Hermione (her-my-oh-knee) is a GIF. Which can be pronounced either “gif” or “jif” and people will argue that until the end of time. Meme isn’t “me! me!” like some little kid wanting to get picked for a demonstration at a magic show it is “meeeem.”
We didn’t realize we were pronouncing some of these wrong, but we are glad we know now. With some of them we were surprised that people mispronounced. We are still a little iffy about his pronunciation of “Gangnam Style” but we may never really now how to say it right. And give yourself a high five if you say Ke$ha right, because John Green admits to mispronouncing it for a while. Check out our video of the day and brush up your vocabulary in time to wow your professors when you get back to school in the fall.
What word have you been mispronouncing without realizing it?