I don’t know if I’m relieved (that I can be corrected now) or just mortified to discover I’ve been mispronouncing some words all this time.
There are some showbiz names in the list that I’m not interested in, but there are also people whose work I admire, like Ralph Fiennes. I can’t believe ‘Ralph’ doesn’t sound like Ralph but more like ‘raif’, or at least his does. Ugh. Fine. But as for Martin Scorsese, doesn’t Scorsese sound Italian, in which case it should be ‘scor-say-say‘, and not ‘scor-say-see‘? Oh well.
The full list below.
Words in green: I got them right. Yay.
Blue: Extra points! Not easy, but I got them right too. Extra yay!
Red: I got them wrong.
Purple: I didn’t even know what they mean, let alone used them or knew how to pronounce them properly.
- Gangnam Style
- Pwned. Believed to be a misspelling of the word ‘owned’, as in ‘dominated’.
- Ralph Fiennes
- Taylor Lautner
- Jake Gyllenhaal
- Zooey Deschanel
- Martin Scorsese
- Niall Horan
- Manolo Blahnik
- Alzheimer‘s disease
- Asperger‘s syndrome
- Etc. (Et cetera)
- Parenthesis / Parentheses
- Regardless (no such thing as irregardless) (argh I think I was guilty of this one, using irregardless)
- Reoccur / Recur
- Ku Klux Klan
- Hors d’oeuvres
- Jewelry (we use the British jewellery)
- Les Miserables
YouTube can be such a fun learning tool if one chooses to use it that way, and kudos to the people behind Mental Floss for their creativity and effort in putting together such useful and interesting videos.
Update: Nope, it’s Martin ‘scor-seh-see’ after all. Straight from the horse’s mouth haha, can’t beat that: In this video. So the host John Green is right after all.
Update 2 (7 November): Mauve at No.43 bothered me a bit, so I checked. According to the host, what I think is the correct pronunciation, like ‘mowv’, is incorrect (He pronounced it like ‘moff’ at 4:04 of video). But not according to three other sources:
So, I don’t know, maybe it’s just an American-vs-British difference thing. Maybe I should check out some of the other words on the list when I have the time, just to be sure.