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Native English speakers know that this 16th-century word, which is derived from Middle French, is pronounced “ker-nul.” However, those learning English as a second language get confused by the first “o” sounding like an “e,” the “l” that sounds like an “r,” and the second “o,” which is completely silent. Here are 17 words even smart people mispronounce without realizing it.
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Let’s be honest: This word is actually hard for native English-speaking Americans to pronounce too. It looks like it’s pronounced “wor-cest-er-shi-er,” but it actually retains is British-English pronunciation. Worcestershire sauce originated in the town of Worcester, England, and is pronounced “Wooster,” while the term “shire” is the British word for “county” and sounds like the ending of “Hampshire.” Therefore, the word is pronounced “WOOster-sher.” Make sure you never say these food words wrong again.