There are a lot of common words and phrases that we somehow consistently say incorrectly without even thinking about it, like “aks” instead of “ask”. What are some of the most mispronounced phrases and words in the English language, and are you guilty of them yourself?
I can pick a few for me. Starting with “supposedly”- I say it with a “b” instead, saying “supposebly”- that’s not a word! But try as I might I just can’t seem to get the word to come out right without really thinking about it or piecing it out. Here are some other words (and a few common phrases) that many of us (including myself) say incorrectly.
“Espresso” is one of the other words I say wrong. I say it “expresso”- there’s no “x” in the word, and I’ve never heard anyone say it with an “s” rather than an “x” sound. It makes the list. Other common words include “foliage” (most commonly pronounced as “foilage”), “height” (often pronounced as “heighth” with a “th” at the end), “jewelry” (ha- I say this like many people do, “jewlrey”), “irregardless” (which is NOT a word at all, do not use it!), “mayonnaise” (once again, I say “manaise”), “sherbet” (not “sherbert”- don’t worry, I say this wrong, too), “snuck” (it’s supposed to be “sneaked”- “snuck” apparently isn’t a word- hmm), and “utmost” (anyone else say it “upmost”?). “Probably” is such an easy word to say wrong, as most of us (including myself) say “prolly” instead.
So apparently most of the words I say are wrong. I also say “played” instead of “plaid”, “salary” instead of “celery” and “thetharsus” instead of “thesaurus”. But I say, if people can understand you, what’s the harm? I had no idea though that the phrase “card shark” is actually supposed to be “card sharp”- I thought everybody said “card shark”. Huh.
Other phrases people say wrong are “spitting image”, which is supposed to be “spit and image”. “For all intensive purposes” is supposed to be “For all intents and purposes”, and “chomp at the bit” is actually pronounced “champ at the bit”. I never knew that.
If you mispronounce common words, you’re not alone. Many of us do, and no one appears to notice. I would assume a hardcore English teacher might say something the next time you “aks” for something, but “supposebly” there are a lot of words that are easy to jut plain say incorrectly, but at least we’re not the only ones who do it.
personal experience on the way I talk