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Fun time with pronunciation

Commonly mispronounced words

  • “Public speaking is not my forte.” – Although it’s not incorrect to pronoun this “FOR-tay,” the preferred pronunciation is “FORT.” “FOR-tay” is a musical dynamic meaning loud; “FORT” (still spelled with the silent “e”) means “strong suit.”


  • “Her little son is mischievous.” – The correct pronunciation is “MIS-chi-vus,” not “mis-CHEE-vee-us.” Remember the word comes from mischief (MIS-chuff).

  • Orange, lime and raspberry ice cream is “sherbet” not “sherbeRt.” Remember: it’s a sure bet. Sorbet (sor-bay) is another type of frozen deliciousness.

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