Sep 20 2011

Top 3 most mispronounced words

1.  Especially………Ex-pesh-uh-lee …should be Es-pesh-uh-lee


2.  Nuclear………….Nuke-yoo-lar……..should be Noo-klee-ar


3.  Realtor…………..Reel-ah-tur………...should be Reel-tur


Have you noticed any other mispronunciations?

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9/20/2011 4:06:48 AM
Becky United States
JD, another very annoying word when it's mispronouced.....supposably (instead of supposedly).  Argh!!  

Becky in Indiana
9/20/2011 4:19:22 AM
Dennis Posey United States
Dennis Posey
Here is another one JD.  Having lived in Jacksonville, FL for 12 years, many people, including the sports-casters on tv pronounce their football team the "JagWires", jot the Jaguars.
9/20/2011 4:19:33 AM
Mary United States
Hi JD,

My children always laugh at me. My New England accent make me say this word wrong (I live in Louisiana now) Idea...I say Idear.

Love you guys at KLOVE

God Bless,

Mary from Bossier City, LA (88.5)
9/20/2011 4:20:04 AM
Jeff in Iowa United States
Jeff in Iowa
Pacifically for specifically
9/20/2011 4:21:04 AM
Shirley United States
Hey! LoL!  Warsh and Wrastle are here in Amarillo, Tx too!!!!  I've lived her over 40 years of my life and have heard it alot from my dad and co-workers. (Thought it was a regional thing here also.  Guess not....) We laugh at them and ask them to "spell that please"!  Another word that I hear alot is "brakfast" instead of breakfast, hahaha!  My husband says that alot and I say it back at him!  Shirley Smile
9/20/2011 4:39:01 AM
Christin United States
JD- Please educate these people. There are two different words. One is "rassel" and that means the fake stuff with throwing chairs and such. The second word is "wrestle" and it's used to describe the sport with tight suspenders type leotards. These words are not pronounced wrong. They are used in the wrong context. They are not interchangeable!
9/20/2011 4:39:15 AM
Debbie United States
I grew up in Montana and for years thought you pronounced creek as "crick" ... always seemed odd it was spelled that way!
9/20/2011 4:54:07 AM
Roger United States
Wash - a lot of people say warsh or Warshington  lol
9/20/2011 4:54:14 AM
Melissa United States
Hey JD,
  I have a few that are probably only things my dear grandmom would say but I hope someone will get a kick out of it. My grandmom would say kazuzi in stead of jacuzzi and then she would call a handkerchief an handkerchuf. Smile I miss her so much. It wa just so darling, I would pick on her about it a lot.
9/20/2011 4:55:41 AM
Tonia United States
I have made it my mission to let the world know that it's toward... not towardS .... with an S.  Look it up.  My pet peeve is when T.V. broadcaster, who should know better, say towardS.  Irritating!
9/20/2011 4:56:33 AM
Melissa United States
Oh shoot, I meant my grandmother would say hand-cher-kuf. I think its just a little too early in the morning for me.
9/20/2011 5:01:36 AM
Donna Brown United States
Donna Brown
My mother would always say ranch the dishes.. rinse
9/20/2011 5:03:31 AM
Donna Brown United States
Donna Brown
My mother would always say ranch the dishes.. (rinse)
9/20/2011 5:28:46 AM
Andy Kupas United States
Andy Kupas
Here in South-Central/South-Western PA there are many -- yuz or yunz instead of you or you-all. Crick instead creek. And of course, woosh (wush)for wash.
9/20/2011 5:48:35 AM
Deborah H United States
Deborah H
Idear vs idea.
Most of the population of the New England area mispronounce this word. Even tv news reports.
9/20/2011 5:57:06 AM
Crispy United States
Good Morning JD!

People who have live in Ohio all their lives will pronounce our state name "O-HI-UH"! Amazing really. Smile

And when I lived in Maine, I was called Liser instead of Lisa. I remember the first time I said, "no, that's Lisa" and she said, "That's what I said, Liser"!!!
9/20/2011 6:06:56 AM
Elizabeth Morris United States
Elizabeth Morris
Chipotle is usually pronounced chipoltay when it should be chipotlay.
9/20/2011 6:57:37 AM
James Holesapple United States
James Holesapple
Asked is not Axed!  Ask is a question.  Ax is an instrument for cutting/chopping wood.
9/20/2011 7:11:42 AM
Whitney United States
I say pinch... but my husband says pEnch!!
9/20/2011 7:14:43 AM
Hannah United States
In the south they say "owl" instead of "oy-il"
9/20/2011 7:14:49 AM
Ryan United States
This one bugs me.  I often hear people use the phrase "for all instensive purposes" instead of the proper "for all intents and purposes."
9/20/2011 7:14:53 AM
Pat United States
Not sure how this word should be pronounced, except to say that I have a real problem pronouncing it..."rural".  I really despise having to say that word since I live in a "rural" area of Memphis!
9/20/2011 7:15:14 AM
Robin United States
Illinois the "S" is silent

I'm from the chicago area and that makes me crazy expecially when people from Illinois say it wrong.
9/20/2011 7:15:14 AM
Stephanie United States
I am from Missouri; some pronounce it Missouri (e sound) or Missourah.  
9/20/2011 7:15:35 AM
Tim United States
Nuclear - there's only one "U" but people from  Presidents to the Press say nu - ku - lar instead of nu- kle - ar
9/20/2011 7:16:18 AM
Charlotte Bowers United States
Charlotte Bowers
In Ohio we have many people say "Crick" instead of "Creek".  Oh and another one for Wash is Woosh!
I've also heard a lot of people pronounce "Pittsburgh" as "Piksburgh"

Have a great day!
9/20/2011 7:16:31 AM
Ashley United States
Hey Jd, my college roomate is from Rhodeisland, and she pronounces "Drawing" as "Drawering"... haha and the funny is she is an Art Major, so this word is constantly used!
9/20/2011 7:17:25 AM
Susan United States
I knew a lady who always said she had been diagnosed with "maniac depression" don't know how right she was, too!
9/20/2011 7:17:40 AM
Carla United States
My grandma used to say "Wallering around" and that is what my 19 month old,David does when he is really tired..wallers around on the floor..LOL and my girls ( now teenagers ) used to say "busketti" for spaghetti and now we still say it that way..LOL
9/20/2011 7:18:13 AM
Angelia Scott United States
Angelia Scott
I have a friend that says (row ad) for road...we laugh every time.
9/20/2011 7:18:15 AM
Phil Reed United States
Phil Reed
Know of a lady who had several good ones...
She had a hexarexomy (hysterectomy).
She knew someone that moved from a house to a condom (condo-minium).

My wife had a friend growing up who called a toilet a "turlet".

Did you ever do anything onced (more of a "t" sound than a "d" sound, rather than once) a month?
9/20/2011 7:18:30 AM
Sandra United States
My aunt calls the bedroom a "beth-er-room", maybe it was just adjacent to the bathroom? Smile

My physical science teacher in high school called water wor-ter. It drove me crazy!
9/20/2011 7:19:14 AM
cindi rykowski United States
cindi rykowski
Hmmm....Thanks KLOVE for making me Laugh.Going thru divorce with 4 kids. So i sleep with the Radio on. xo xo
Anyway East Coast Girl, Living in Montana.  On the East, You ask waitress for a Soda or Tonic. In Montana....theres no such thing. Its POP.  

East is Route. (root).  West is Route. (ROUT)...

9/20/2011 7:22:39 AM
LAURA United States
I'm not sure if this is just confined to the Maryland peninsula but there are some who pronounce the word WATER as WOODER. That may be because there are a lot of WOODERMEN (Watermen) here on the DEL-MAR-VA peninsula. Smile  
9/20/2011 7:24:05 AM
Nirma Trevizo United States
Nirma Trevizo

Hi JD I have to say u are hilarious, Smile

But one of the words my husband drives me crazy with is "brang" instead of brought. He also cracks me up with is the word "sangwich" instead of sandwich.

God Bless Nirma Trevizo from Albuquerque New Mexico
9/20/2011 7:24:12 AM
Nancy Hollowood United States
Nancy Hollowood
two more words that I notice are mispronounced all over the country!!!!
"Jewlery"  should be "Jewelry"
"Choirpractor" should be "Chiropractor"

Drives me nuts!
9/20/2011 7:26:25 AM
Arlene Jones United States
Arlene Jones
Good morning JD.  I think the most mispronounced word in the United States is the word ASK!  There are people who pronounce it as AX!  I don't understand that either.  It is clear the difference yet they still mispronounce it!  Can you tell it is a pet peeve?  Thanks JD.  
9/20/2011 7:29:05 AM
Kurt Clarke United States
Kurt Clarke
Another mis pronounced word is "soda". I had friends from the south and family from Massachusetes that said "sodr".
9/20/2011 7:32:03 AM
Kimberly Augustson United States
Kimberly Augustson
My dad and grandma say "Eye-Talian" for things like Italian salad dressing, food, etc.. But when I told them that these things came for "Eye-talee", they corrected *me* and said "No, it's pronounced "Italian".
9/20/2011 7:32:44 AM
Jamie Wright United States
Jamie Wright
It really frustrates me when I hear "FRUSTRATED" pronounced "FLUSTRATED". Not sure why people change the R to a L.
9/20/2011 7:34:21 AM
Cindy Stidham United States
Cindy Stidham

My husband says sandWENCH and I say SAMwich!
heard you all talking about that on my way to town. I'm from TX and we say lots of things "wrong" (according to some!) sounds right to us here!! like: yall, aint, gonna, so on and son on.... hahaha love you guys!!
Cindy in Kingsbury
9/20/2011 7:36:10 AM
ginger United States
sherbit, sherbert which is it?
9/20/2011 7:38:33 AM
Marcus D United States
Marcus D
I constantly hear people say "sam-wich" instead of sandwich.   I don't think it is just here in Kansas either.  i have heard it all across the country.

Have a GREAT day!
9/20/2011 7:39:27 AM
Dianne United States
My husband, his family & friends all grew up in a "rail-road" town. Whenever they talk about the railroad, they call it the "ray-road". Drives me nuts!
Dianne in Ohio
9/20/2011 7:39:32 AM
Patrick Fletcher United States
Patrick Fletcher
My dad always says "idear" and i always say "where'd that R come from?" i'm from south Georgia, and I listen to K-Love all the time... I even found a way to snuck it in school (lol). I love K-Love. It's so positive and encouraging, unlike all this negative noise coming from some other stations (no offense if anybody likes them).
9/20/2011 7:39:36 AM
Jordan United States
A couple that really get me:

-Folks in Texas like to say "ol" instead of "oil.

-People that say "bolth" instead of "both"
9/20/2011 7:40:29 AM
Mike United States
My wife, instead of saying "crayons" says "crowns" (she's from southern Virginia)

In my hometown, Pittsburgh, PA, instead of saying "and that" they nay "n-nat" and instead of "you guys" they say "yens guys".
9/20/2011 7:44:03 AM
Blanche Wade United States
Blanche Wade
My kids and grandkids get upset with me when i ask them to go get something from another room and i say its in nere or in yonder.
9/20/2011 7:44:25 AM
Barry United States
My father-in-law is a true Cajun. There are a plethora of mispronunciations in their culture. A couple have even "fount" there way into my children's vocabulary. Here are few:
Fount for Found (Father-in-Law)
Swaller for swallow - to take a sip (Mother-in-Law)
ValentiMes Day for Valentines Day (Wife)

9/20/2011 7:44:52 AM
Denise United States
Around here, people always pronounce crayons as "crins or "crowns". I never noticed it til I married I married a guy raised in NY.  He was determined our daughter not grow up pronouncing it that way.  When the waitress at Applebees asked our 2 year old if we wanted "crowns" for her to use, we said yes and then my husband wanted to prove to my SIL that our daughter could say it correctly.  He held up a crayon and asked her what it was.  She paused carefully because she wanted to say it right for Daddy and then pronounced, "it is a Korean!" ;)

Smiles in Indiana!
9/20/2011 7:44:55 AM
Frank United States
It is not really a mispronunciation, but "irregardless" is not standard English - just like "ain't".  I'd rather hear fingernails on a chalkboard than hear these "words."
9/20/2011 7:53:47 AM
Di United States
Sorbet is correct with a silent T.  I have always pronounced it "sorbey" also so when I heard that was not correct I took action. Per sawr-bit, sawr-bey; Either would be correct. I'm redeemed. LOL
9/20/2011 7:54:08 AM
Amy Miller United States
Amy Miller
JD, we have a department store called "Belk" however everyone around here pronounces it "Belks".  There is no "S".  
9/20/2011 7:54:16 AM
lisa United States
Here is a saying that drives me crazy! People say I could care less when they really mean I COULDN'T care less.
9/20/2011 7:54:29 AM
Patti United States
My mother calls the city in New Mexico AlbeTURKEY.  HAHA
9/20/2011 7:54:33 AM
Kate United States
When I moved to the great NW I had never heard Hawaii mispronounced, but a family friend says "hah-woy-yah". Being that my family is from there it just sends a chill down my spine each timeSmile   Another regional mispronunciation "crick", as in we are going  fishing in the creek "crick"!   Wow.
9/20/2011 7:54:42 AM
Lori R. United States
Lori R.
My grandpa used to say these---
Italian-- I Towel Yun.

What about the great debate in Arkansas and Kansas. Is it the AR Kansas river, or the Ark an saw.?
9/20/2011 7:54:47 AM
Michelle hilbert United States
Michelle hilbert
Here's one from a southern gal... Chester drawers ( chest of drawers)!
9/20/2011 7:54:51 AM
Carol Sedoris United States
Carol Sedoris
We were once stationed on a military base just north of Chicago. It amazed me how many native Chicgoans pronounced it Chuhkargo.
9/20/2011 7:55:12 AM
Gay United States
My parents always called the sink the zinc. They would tell us to put the dirty dishes in the zinc. I am from MI.
9/20/2011 7:55:39 AM
Dianna United States
Mispronounced states:
It is Missouree - not MissourUH
It is Illinoy - not Illinois (as in plural).

Books of the Bible:
It is Revelation. Not RevelationS! Major pet peeve.

You should quote a verse as Psalm 119, not Psalms.
9/20/2011 7:57:41 AM
Patrick Fletcher United States
Patrick Fletcher
My dad also says my name "Patrit" sometimes and he always says "ast" instead of "Patrick" and "ask"

he says it's the "southern accent" that does that.
9/20/2011 8:00:28 AM
Tammie United States
I am from Missouri and moved to Mississippi seven years ago. People say, "fixin to" here in replacement of I am going to.  Example I'm fixin to go to the store or are ya'll fixin to close. It was very hard to get used to and I still do not allow my children to say it.  We may fix cars or dinner but we DO NOT fix to do anything.
9/20/2011 8:01:51 AM
Marlene United States
A more recent mispronunciation - Instead of Alzheimer's, I often hear "Ole-timer's" or "All-timers."
9/20/2011 8:02:45 AM
Mindy United States
Flusterated and expensier are NOT words.  
9/20/2011 8:06:29 AM
Amy United States
These are hysterical. Thanks to all for sharing!

For years we have laughed at my darling mom for saying Amereeca instead of America. When she says "oh my gosh," the o in gosh is a long i.  How does one spell that... GUYsh?? Whatever, my little ones have caught on and giggle about it, too and often quote her. Too cute.
9/20/2011 9:02:26 AM
Judy Boyd United States
Judy Boyd
My mother has always said garantee instead of gairantee for guarantee. She also says housepital instead of hospital. lolol
9/20/2011 9:34:29 AM
Drew United States
Sherbert and sherbet are interchangeable. Both spellings and pronunciations are correct according to Webster's dictionary.
9/20/2011 9:44:30 AM
Julie Dean United States
Julie Dean
If there was a prize for the best mispronunciation i bet this would take it...My mother-in-law doesn't have an afghan on the back of her couch...she has an African!
9/20/2011 10:03:57 AM
Susan Barrett United States
Susan Barrett
Illinois is pronounced with a silent s
Theater is thee ah ter, not thee a ter
Often is pronounced with a silent t and
October not Optober
9/20/2011 10:42:33 AM
Megan United States
I have to say that my mom and I's biggest PET PEEVE for most mispronounced words is literally...i always ALWAYS hear people say "literaltly"...with a T!
9/20/2011 11:07:04 AM
Nathan Haley United States
Nathan Haley
"Can I aks (axe) you a question?"  Let's try "ask" not "axe". Smile

Here's one in Daniel 3, that I noticed just a few weeks ago.  The names of Daniel's 3 friends are Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.  How many times has the last name been pronounced AbeNdego?    
9/20/2011 11:15:26 AM
Nathan Haley United States
Nathan Haley
It's the "fruit" (singular) of the Spirit, not "fruitS".  There is no 'S' Smile
9/20/2011 12:40:49 PM
Toni United States
I moved from NJ to MD. These are some of the ones I have come across. No doubt they think I say some things wrong.
1.Jaguar-I live near a zoo. On class trips the kids always want to go see the Jag wires.
2.Saw. I sawl it over there.  
3.Doberman Pinscher. Doberman Pincherman
4.Rottweiler. Rocka wiler
5.Desks. I'm gonna clean the desses.
6.Street. Turn down that skreet.
9/20/2011 1:33:17 PM
June United States
A friend from Mississippi use to insist that "welt" (raised skin injury) was pronounced "whelp".  We went back and forth until I showed him the words in the dictionary.  His response?  I'm tellin my Mom!!!!  lol
9/20/2011 2:04:10 PM
Franklin Jarvis United States
Franklin Jarvis
  I have lived in the south for 20 years after spending the first 43 in Indiana. The use of cent instead of cents when saying your change is 23 cent instead of the proper cents. Same in Georgia and North Carolina.Have worked as a teacher in both states and the teachers even say it wrong but admit it when I tell them.
9/20/2011 2:59:49 PM
Becca Carlson United States
Becca Carlson
We know people that always pronounce weren't as werntent and the same with bought; they say boughten.  Something about adding another n to the word...
9/20/2011 4:27:44 PM
Barbara Espinosa United States
Barbara Espinosa
I have known people who pronounce the following words with a T at the end:


Also some of my southern relatives put an R in the city of ChicaRgo.  Also people who live here say, Illinoise.
9/20/2011 5:32:08 PM
Paula United States
"I could care less" for "I couldn't care less is also one of my pet-peeves.
My Mother-in-law always says "Sarah Wrap" for "Saran Wrap" and "Walmarks" for "Walmart" no matter how often we show her the right words on the box and the side of the building! She and her husband can't say "gazebo" - it comes out "gazboe".
My Mom pronounces "aluminum" as "aluminimum".
Another one that bugs me. We go to "Awana" (club for kids), not "Awanas".
9/20/2011 7:09:37 PM
Kathleen United States
It drives me a little crazy when people put an 'h' on the end of height and pronounce it heighth.
9/20/2011 9:18:35 PM
pam United States
oh my goodness! i've really enjoyed everyone's entries! so much fun!
how about ornery (or-nur-ee)which always gets pronounced as awnree.
or when people say awanaS instead of just awana.
the topper for me is my sweet grandma (gone to heaven now) who used to mispronounce her OWN last name (which she had for 70+ years) - pronounced hoffschneider as huffsnider. so funny & so sweet Smile
9/20/2011 11:07:03 PM
Derek United States
I guess this isn't really a mispronunciation, but in e-mails and chats, my friends always type defiantly instead of definitely.
9/20/2011 11:08:07 PM
Derek United States
Oh, and my sister when she was younger would always say "yust" instead of "just".
9/20/2011 11:11:35 PM
Allison United States
My husband argued with three different people who referenced a dictionary and three different websites, that a proper pronunciation of the word queue (cue) was "quay-way!"
9/21/2011 8:32:57 AM
Tyler United States
My dad always says lish instead of leash..and zinc instead of sink..and my brother says marra instead of mirror..
9/21/2011 8:41:05 AM
SBass United States
Mass - a - tu - setts instead of Mass- a - CHUS - etts.
9/21/2011 8:44:24 AM
Susan United States
Prostate is usually pronounced - prostrate or more recently, I even heard "postrate"
9/21/2011 11:41:31 AM
Cheryl Ann United States
Cheryl Ann
my mother drives me nuts by answering the phone...  yellow for hello... ugh
9/22/2011 4:24:52 PM
my Mom use to call Iowa  - Ioway
9/22/2011 11:04:01 PM
Andrew United States
I get frustrated when people say 'fustrated'-----Dont forget the /r/ after the f
9/23/2011 3:42:03 AM
Mickster United States
JD--one of the MOST often mispronounced words is the word...OFTEN...the "t" is silent, as in Soften, so, they are properly pronounced, "soffen" and "offen"...NOTE:  Please pass this bit of information on to Kelly!
9/23/2011 12:14:25 PM
Alena Crepea United States
Alena Crepea
It's not "intensive purposes." It's "intents and purposes." I don't know what intensive purposes are, and I don't think that anyone else does either.
Also, not the sequel to the SuperBowl, "hyperbowl," but "hy-per-bo-lee." (Hyperbole.)
9/23/2011 4:30:42 PM
Ashleigh W United States
Ashleigh W
There's a guy in my graduate class that always says the word "ideal." I wouldn't mind it so much if he would use it in the right context! Ever time he uses "ideal" it is actually supposed to be "idea." These two words are NOT interchangeable. They both have different meanings.

Down here in the south, we have words such as y'all, ain't, gonna, woulda, cattywampus, thingamajig (or bob), dadgummet, dadblammet, dog gonnet, and my friend says
9/26/2011 1:12:44 PM
Lois M United States
Lois M
I've always called various spices, "erbs" (herbs)with a silent "h".  Then I heard Martha Stewart always say HERBS with the "H" pronounced.  Who can counterdict THE Martha Stewart!  lol
9/27/2011 7:11:28 AM
Lisa Davis United States
Lisa Davis
Matlock Smile
9/27/2011 7:31:25 AM
Rusty Grohman United States
Rusty Grohman
al-you-minium    or al-umimum
9/27/2011 11:58:06 AM
Deb United States
I am a Colorado native.  The word is pronounced like "radical"  Colo"rad"o.  It is not pronounced like "rock" Colo"ro"do.

One of my petpeeves is that people say anyway(s), using the s.  That is not proper. LOL!
9/27/2011 5:55:16 PM
Eileen United States
Preventive  is NOT pronounced Prevent-uh-tive.  No such word as preventative.  It's preventive medicine or preventive care.  Also conversate is considered nonstandard as in "i'm trying to conversate with you."  It's "converse with you" or "have a conversation with you" in real English.  
9/28/2011 5:38:40 AM
Robbie United States
How about May-onnaise pronounced Man-naise.  I've heard those 2 different pronunciations.
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