How to pronounce TRANSIENT
Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.comIt has two syllables not three, so it’s “transhent,” not “tran-zee-ent.” (Mind blown? Ours too.) The most complicated word in the English language is a lot shorter than you would expect.
How to pronounce STATUS
Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.comIt should be “stay-tus.” These are company names you've been mispronouncing this whole time.
How to pronounce PRELUDE
Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.com“Pray-lood” is incorrect; the proper pronunciation is “prel-yood.” More words that can get complicated? Food names. Here are ones that you're probably pronouncing wrong.
How to pronounce VALET
Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.comDownton Abbey got it right. It’s not a French word, so pronouncing the last syllable as “ay” is incorrect. It should be sounded as “val-it.” (Another fake French word: foyer, which is pronounced “foy-ur,” not “foy-ay.”)
How to pronounce FORTE
Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.comIf you’re discussing someone’s “forte,” as in a strength, the “e” is silent. “Fortay” is correct only if you’re using it as a musical term.
How to pronounce ERR
Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.comRhymes with “hair?” No, it rhymes with “her.”
How to pronounce GALA
Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.comShould be: “gay-luh.”
How to pronounce APPLICABLE
Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.comThe first syllable is the one that should be emphasized, as in app-lic-able, rather than app-lic-able.
How to pronounce SPHERICAL
Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.comIt's “sferr-i-kal,” not “sfeer-i-kal.”
How to pronounce DECREASE
Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.comIf you’re using it as a noun, it’s de-crease. If you’re using it as a verb, it’s de-crease.