We recently heard from listeners after our mispronunciation of the word “synecdoche,” meaning “a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or a whole for the part,” according to Dictionary.com.
And we asked for your most embarrassing pronunciation errors. There was no shortage of answers:
Joan in Philadelphia writes: “As a child I read ‘clandestine’ as ‘CANdle-STEEN’ and didn’t have it corrected until I was in my 20′s.”
A listener named Barbie writes:
Once I said for the golf ball trademark, “Titleist” the following: Tit List (long i as in heist.)
And listener Allison reminds us that English teachers aren’t always pronunciation authorities:
“I taught high school English for eight years. My first year teaching, I was reading a passage from the bookTo Kill A Mockingbird aloud to the class and pronounced the word “assuage” as “uh sue uhge.” A 9th grade girl in the back of the classroom and said, “Ms. Allison, I think that word is pronounced ‘assuage’.” I was able to laugh and say, “Oh, really? I suppose you’re right. I’ve only ever read that word before. I’ve never heard it pronounced.” Of course, I looked it up later, and sure enough she was right. Sometimes, English teachers are wrong too. :) “
Everyone’s favorite: For all intents and purposes – most people say “all intensive purposes”, but I said “all intensum purposes” like it was a latin word. We all agree on the definition, though.
What words or phrases do you mispronounce? Tell us in the comments section.