The Internet Thinks We Should Pronounce These 30 Words Differently, And It’s Hilarious
Let’s face it. Most of us weren’t born great orators who can step onto a barrel and captivate the whole square with their speech like Cicero.
In reality, we can barely pronounce words like isthmus, myriad and… just wait until you get to "otorhinolaryngologist." But some people are doing everyone a public service and suggesting whole new pronunciations for some very popular words.
From Wayne pronounced like Kanye to baseline pronounced like vaseline, I sign up for every one of them. I suspect that Merriam-Webster’s dictionary won’t approve, but hey, language is a living thing and we may as well have some fun with it!
There are tons of words in the English language that do make our heads spin now and then if we have to pronounce them. Luckily, these are usually not ones we use often.
For example, the word "defibrillator" is an example of a linguistic phenomenon in which similar consonants or vowels in a word become less alike, e.g. defibrillator becoming "defibyulator." Blame your mispronunciation on them.
Another confusing word for many is "February," which is a case of dissimilation. According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, "The y heard from many speakers is not an intrusion but rather a common pronunciation of the vowel U after a consonant, as in January and annual."
If you want to get your tongue twisted, try saying "antidisestablishmentarianism" out loud. For many, it’s the longest word they know with 28 letters in total and 13 syllables.
However, the longest word in most English dictionaries is “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis,” which refers to a lung disease contracted from the inhalation of very fine silica particles, specifically from a volcano.