How To Pronounce 10 Commonly Mispronounced Words

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Even if you consider yourself someone with a good vocabulary, there are a number of words that can seem impossible to get right. You’ve likely heard them said a number of different ways, and you might be confused as to which pronunciation is correct.

Luckily, thanks to some helpful YouTube videos, you can now figure out how to correctly say a number of hard-to-say words in just a few seconds. Here’s how to say these 10 commonly mispronounced words the right way. Maybe there have been some that you’ve been saying wrong this whole time, and you didn’t even know it!

1. Mischievous

Most of us usually add that extra syllable to the word describing someone full of mischief, but this word is actually pronounced “MIS-chiv-us,” not “mis-CHEEV-ee-us.”

2. Puree

Unfortunately, the word describing a creamy substance made from a fruit or vegetable doesn’t rhyme with “wee” or “glee,” as fun as that would be to say.


3. Gyro

The Greek dish is easy to enjoy, but not so simple to pronounce. You may have heard it pronounced a number of ways, but the correct way to pronounce the international food is “yee-ro.”


4. Niche

You’ve probably heard your fair share of both “nich” that rhymes with “hitch” or “neesh” that rhymes with “leash,” so which one is it? Unlike some other mispronunciations on this list, you can probably get away with either pronunciation of niche, but the latter—which comes from the original French pronunciation—is technically the winner.

5. Endive

This delicious salad ingredient can be a pain in the butt to say. To make matters worse, there are actually two different ways to pronounce the word depending on what you are describing. “En-Dive” is the curly lettuce:

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While “On-Deeve” is a Belgian plant that looks more like a bud:

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6. GIF

If you spend any time on the internet, you’ve likely been involved in the debate about how to pronounce “GIF,” a type of image format that has grown popular in the last few years. Some people still would argue otherwise, but the proper way to say “GIF” sounds like “jiff.”


7. LaCroix

This trendy sparking drink has taken the country by storm, but it’s not exactly clear how you pronounce its name. The seltzer water isn’t pronounced “La-CWAH” as one might think. Instead, it’s said “La-CROY.”


8. Sherbet

We’re not sure why everyone adds that extra “r” in there, but sherbet is pronounced exactly how it’s spelled: “shur-bit.”

9. Nuptial

This word related to wedding ceremonies is actually only two syllables, not three.


10. Acai

You might have felt awkward ordering something with this wonder berry if you weren’t quite sure how to say it (and hey, we don’t blame you), but we’ve got you covered so you can order your breakfast in peace.



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Carina Wolff
Carina is a health and wellness journalist based in Los Angeles. When she’s not writing, doing yoga, or exploring mountains and beaches, she spends her time cooking and creating recipes for her healthy food blog, Kale Me Maybe. Carina is also an ongoing writer for Bustle, Reader's Digest, FabFitFun, and more.

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