30 Commonly Mispronounced Words (and How to Say Them)

Use this cheat sheet so you’ll always be prepared.

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Have you ever stopped talking in the middle of a sentence because you were unsure of how to pronounce a word and didn’t want to embarrass yourself? Or maybe, you’ve watched a video on how to say a certain word over and over again for practice. Well, Dictionary.com is here to help. The site just released a list of 30 commonly mispronounced words, based on lexicographer research and data on the number of plays each word receives through its audio pronunciation feature.

On the list, the majority of the words are food-related, including quinoa, turmeric, and Worcestershire. While the other pronunciations can also settle a divide amongst friends when someone thinks his or her own way of saying something is the right way, when he or she’s actually butchering it: mischievous (commonly mispronounced as mis-chee-vee-us), sherbet (also known incorrectly as shur-bert), and espresso (it’s not ex-pres-oh!).

Take a look at the list below to test your own pronunciation smarts:

  1. affidavit [af-i-dey-vit]
  2. almond [ah-muh nd, am-uh nd]
  3. beget [bih-get]
  4. cache [kash]
  5. caramel [kar-uh-muh l, -mel, kahr-muh l]
  6. coupon [koo-pon, kyoo-]
  7. croissant [French krwah-sahn; English kruh-sahnt]
  8. epitome [ih-pit-uh-mee]
  9. espresso [e-spres-oh]
  10. et cetera [et set-er-uh, se-truh]
  11. façade [fuh-sahd, fa-]
  12. fiery [fahyuh r-ee, fahy-uh-ree]
  13. genre [zhahn-ruh; French zhahn-ruh]
  14. haute [oht]
  15. hyperbole [hahy-pur-buh-lee]
  16. lambaste [lam-beyst, -bast]
  17. mauve [mohv]
  18. mischievous [mis-chuh-vuh s]
  19. niche [nich]
  20. peony [pee-uh-nee]
  21. prerogative [pri-rog-uh-tiv, puh-rog-]
  22. quinoa [keen-wah, kee-noh-uh]
  23. reservoir [rez-er-vwahr, -vwawr, -vawr, rez-uh-]
  24. salmon [sam-uh n]
  25. sherbet [shur-bit]
  26. turmeric [tur-mer-ik]
  27. verbiage [vur-bee-ij]
  28. Weimaraner [vahy-muh-rah-ner, wahy-, wahy-muh-rey-]
  29. whet [hwet, wet]
  30. Worcestershire [woo s-ter-sheer, -sher]