You've Been Pronouncing These Words All Wrong

By Mary Sciglimpaglia

Sorry, Speech Book, you’re doing it wrong. This is how it’s done.

Synecdoche

You know how the k is silent in “knight”? Apparently there are half a dozen letters in here that have the opposite effect: not silent, just invisible.

Maître d’

I guess you have to say this one while being constipated.

Châtineauneuf-du-Pape

I don’t know what this is, but I want to now.

Batman

Christian Bale? Is that you?

Hors d’oeuvres

Suddenly I want a small hot-dog.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Now sing it.

Mars

This is the native pronunciation.

Papier-Mâché

This is how I said it in grade school but I got in trouble for being “profane.” Bitter, party of one?

Armoire

Technically, I think this was my first word.

Cabernet Savuingon

Say this to a waiter, film his reaction, and send it to me.

Cappuccino

This is most certainly how you’d pronounce it after drinking seven of them.

Eyjafjallajökull

FINALLY.

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You’ve Been Pronouncing These Words All Wrong

By Mary Sciglimpaglia

Sorry, Speech Book, you’re doing it wrong. This is how it’s done.

Synecdoche

You know how the k is silent in “knight”? Apparently there are half a dozen letters in here that have the opposite effect: not silent, just invisible.

Maître d’

I guess you have to say this one while being constipated.

Châtineauneuf-du-Pape

I don’t know what this is, but I want to now.

Batman

Christian Bale? Is that you?

Hors d’oeuvres

Suddenly I want a small hot-dog.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Now sing it.

Mars

This is the native pronunciation.

Papier-Mâché

This is how I said it in grade school but I got in trouble for being “profane.” Bitter, party of one?

Armoire

Technically, I think this was my first word.

Cabernet Savuingon

Say this to a waiter, film his reaction, and send it to me.

Cappuccino

This is most certainly how you’d pronounce it after drinking seven of them.

Eyjafjallajökull

FINALLY.