Here’s a fun article: 10 Words you Mispronounce That Make People Think You’re an Idiot. Here’s a few examples:
Incorrect pronunciation: nuke – you – lerr
Correct pronunciation: new – clee – err
ESCAPE / ESPRESSO / ET CETERA
Incorrect pronunciation: ex – cape / ex – presso / ex – set – err – uh
Correct pronunciation: ess – cape / ess – presso / ett – set – err – uh
Incorrect pronunciation: off – ten
Correct pronunciation: off – en
Any words you would add to the list?
Each year Lake Superior State University composes its “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.” These are words that are overused in everyday conversations or in the media. Some of 2012’s banished words or phrases include:
- thank you in advance
- the new normal
What do you think of this year’s list? What words do you think should be/shouldn’t have been included?
Later in the term we’ll discuss why we should avoid using cliches and buzzwords in our professional communication.