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You’ve Been Saying It All Wrong- The Year’s Most Mispronounced Words


English can be a very silly language, with many words looking nothing like the way they should be said. There are also a lot of words in 2021 that so many people say slightly wrong. From newsreaders and others on TV, here are the year’s most mispronounced words according to the U.S. Captioning Company

Cheugy (CHOO-gee): A trendy Gen Z term used to mock an unfashionable aesthetic typically associated with millennials, such as “Live, Laugh, Love” signs.

Chipotle (chih-POHT-lay): The fast food chain that became the center of a viral trend this year challenging Baby Boomers to pronounce the name. 

Dalgona (tal-goh-NAH): A Korean treat made with melted sugar and baking soda, popularized in Netflix’s “Squid Game.”

Dogecoin (DOHJ-coin): The cryptocurrency that began somewhat ironically before being popularized by Elon Musk, causing its value to dramatically increase.

Eilish (EYE-lish): Singer Billie Eilish, who was pretty much everywhere this year, and whose “Happier Than Ever” has a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.

Ethereum (ih-THEE-ree-um): Another cryptocurrency that skyrocketed in value this year.

Ever Given (EV-er GIV-en): The name of the ship that blocked the Suez Canal, costing billions in lost trade. Many mistook the name as “Evergreen,” the name of the company that owns the vessel, which was printed on its hull.

Glasgow (GLAHZ-go): The host city of November’s UN Climate Conference was mispronounced by both President Joe Biden and former president Barack Obama. 

Kelce (KELs): Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce revealed this year that his teammates and media had been mispronouncing his name for years.

Omicron (AH-muh-kraan /OH-mee-kraan): The new COVID-19 variant, named in keeping with the World Health Organization’s system of identifying variants with Greek letters. It’s pronounced differently in North America and the U.K.

Shein (SHEE-in): The Chinese fast fashion company at the center of the “Shein haul” trend, in which people record themselves trying on numerous outfits from the company.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (STEH-fuh-nohs TSEE-tsee-pas): Currently ranked the world’s #4 tennis player, he rose to international prominence when he lost to Novak Djokovic in the final of the French Open.

Yassify (YEAH-sih-fai): A popular trend in which multiple beauty filters are applied to well-known pictures or portraits for comic effect. 

 

 
 

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