Alas, one downside to having a wide vocabulary due to reading is the pronunciation of your newly found words. I cannot count how many times I’ve been called out for pronouncing a word incorrectly, simply because I’ve only ever seen it written!
Here’s a list of words that I’ve horribly butchered when trying to use them in speech:
- Lingerie: Apparently it’s “lawn-jur-eh” not “ling-er-y”
- Homage: It’s “ohm-age” not “home-age”
- Rendezvous: “Ron-day-voo” not “ren-dez-vow”
- Hyperbole: “Hy-per-bowl-ee” instead of “hyper-bowl”
- Omnipotent: “Om-nih-potent” rather than “om-nee-potent”
I’m sure there are a bunch more… I’ve forgotten them now though. It will probably happen again, and again. I think the English language is just sitting back like this: