Friday, October 21, 2016


If you pronounce these words differently, don’t worry—many people do. But here’s how they were originally meant to be pronounced 50, 100, or 200 years ago—and, according to the dictionary, still should be.


TRANSIENT
It has two syllables not three, so it’s “transhent,” not “tran-zee-ent.” (Mind blown? Ours too.)

STATUS
It should be “stay-tus.”

PRELUDE
“Pray-lood” is incorrect; the proper pronunciation is “prel-yood.”

VALET
Downton Abbey got it right. It’s not a French word, so pronouncing the last syllable as “ay” is incorrect. It should be sounded as “val-it.” (Another fake French word: foyer, which is pronounced “foy-ur,” not “foy-ay.”)

FORTE
If you’re discussing someone’s “forte,” as in a strength, the “e” is silent. “Fortay” is correct only if you’re using it as a musical term.

ERR
Rhymes with “hair?” No, it rhymes with “her.”

GALA
Should be: “gay-luh.”

APPLICABLE
The first syllable is the one that should be emphasized, as in app-lic-able, rather than app-lic-able.

SPHERICAL
It's "sferr-i-kal", not "sfeer-i-kal".


DECREASE
If you’re using it as a noun, it’s de-crease. If you’re using it as a verb, it’s de-crease.

CARAMEL
Kah-ruh-mull” is the original way and still the preferred way, although “kar-mull,”

MAUVE
It once rhymed with “stove,” but now the “au” is sounded as “aw.”

REGIME
The first syllable is sounded as “ray.”

JOUST
In the 13th century, it was pronounced (and spelled) like the word “just.”

EITHER
“Eee-thur” or “aye-thur”? “Eee-thur” is the preferred way. (And so is “nee-thur.”)

QUASI
Today it’s often pronounced “kwah-zee,” but it’s more correct to say “kway–zi.”

LONG-LIVED

Today we say the “lived” as “livd,” but until the 20th century, it was pronounced “lyved.”

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