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!

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Jo Morris
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3 months ago

Why stop at Onety-one? Onety-two, Onety-three, Onety-four ... and on it goes!

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BlackRabbit
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3 months ago

Walley??

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Yayaboobo
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3 months ago

I worked at a place where a baby girl was named Female pronounced exactly like that.

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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."

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Steve Lor
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol, I purposefully pronounce vaseline as vase-line all the time though.

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Eva the Ravenclaw Bookworm📚💖
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3 months ago

This word just got a whole lot fancier.

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Yugan Talovich
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3 months ago

Daughter is pronounced like slaughter. No laughter here!

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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.

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me
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3 months ago

My brain: Pi--- Ra-ra-ah-ah-ah Roma-roma-ma

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Eva the Ravenclaw Bookworm📚💖
Community Member
3 months ago

If I'm not mustachen, I sense a lot of pun potential here

Nicklas Linder
Community Member
3 months ago

I can't beard the amount of humor in that joke!

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Regina Phalange
Community Member
3 months ago

well, it sounds like ur saying i MUST ACHE!

b l a n c
Community Member
3 months ago

or mistake?

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Jackson Gohn
Community Member
3 months ago

Gallagher used to do this exact joke.

FireStone Beware
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Am I the only one who doesn't care for the pronunciation, but is just wondering why Tom's twitter name is Penis Parker.. im not on twitter so I wouldnt know

Summer
Community Member
3 months ago

nope

Flame Phoenix
Community Member
3 months ago

This is no mustache

Pyro Kat
Community Member
3 months ago

I think that's a mistake

PotterAvatarDoctorWho
Community Member
3 months ago

i have a must-ache

Bruce Robb
Community Member
3 months ago

Or 'ache' like the second half of "mustache'.

Edwin Lesperance
Community Member
3 months ago

must-ache. Oh yeah. Just wait till your older.

GhostlyMel
Community Member
3 months ago

That would a mistake. Lol

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
3 months ago

It would sound more like "mistake" which some are.

Val Izhakevich
Community Member
3 months ago

Haha. Must ache a lot.

Clem
Community Member
3 months ago

Mistake

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 months ago

Fun fact: Moustache was originally Moustaches, a plural!

Red Hair Blue Soul
Community Member
3 months ago

wouldn't that just be "mistake"

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
3 months ago

90% of my ESL students pronounce it like that.

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Sherbaan Naab
Community Member
3 months ago

It is, in other countries.

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Thenatural
Community Member
3 months ago

It might be....no one has ever heard him say his name.

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Laura Zaini
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3 months ago

minestrone...54f3c7.jpg minestrone-5f36a2d54f3c7.jpg

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Shelby P
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3 months ago

Penelope was pronounced like antelope when I was 5

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Dave In MD
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, Nike like Adidas is pronounced differently by us Americans than by everyone else.

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BlackRabbit
Community Member
3 months ago

Pinyapollis

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Melissa Meaux
Community Member
3 months ago

you have to squeeze your thumb, middle, and index fingers together and shake them slightly when saying it that way

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Joshua Seaman
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3 months ago

Ballerina yo! 🤑🤑🤑💸💰

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Gyan Ranjan Pruthal
Community Member
3 months ago

Racquel

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
3 months ago

*Horse gallops through a field of roses* *Random lady in flowing dress waves some fabric around to the Halo song* (soft male voice whispers) *its Horsé*

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, it is ... in some other languages.

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glowworm2
Community Member
3 months ago

That makes it sound more awesome!

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Rissie
Community Member
3 months ago

Canadians have no idea what you're talking about.

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yes.
Community Member
3 months ago

I ACTUALLY USED TO READ IT LIKE THAT

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Lisa-Marie Dhondt
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3 months ago

How did my husband die? Oh, he fell down a creviché...

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Titas Burinskas
BoredPanda Staff
3 months ago

Laughter would sound a lot like slaughter

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Meyer Weinstock
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3 months ago

The 'gua' in regional Spanish is pronounced 'whah'...so it's already there...

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eimipet
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3 months ago

Just hiding an unliked comment...

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Wolfstar
Community Member
3 months ago

BUT YOU LIKE HER BETTER, WISH I WERE HEATHER!!! I'm sorry I love Conan Gray so much I'm just gonna go now...

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ravn
Community Member
3 months ago

This entire thread has reminded me of a great book about Dr. Seuss; "The Tough Coughs as he Ploughs the Dough".

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Sadie Shapiro
Community Member
3 months ago

MAH-MMA MEE-YA! ...here I go again.

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