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17 Famous Company Names You’re Actually Pronouncing All Wrong

Most businesses could not care less how you say their name as long as you spell your name correctly on the credit card slip. But in case you’re wondering, here are the incorrect and correct ways to say …

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Ikea

How we pronounce it: eye-key-ah
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: ih-key-yah

Are you mispronouncing these words that even smart people say wrong?

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Adidas

How we pronounce it: uh-deed-aas
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: aah-dee-das

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Zagat

How we pronounce it: za-get
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: za-GAT

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Nutella

How we pronounce it: nuh-tell-uh
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: new-tell-uh

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Porsche

How we pronounce it: porsh
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: por-sha

You might be messing up these common beauty brand names, too.

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Fage

How we pronounce it: fahj
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: fah-yay

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Hyundai

How we pronounce it: hi-un-dye
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: hun-day

Learn the fascinating origins of some of your favorite company names.

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Hoegaarden

How we pronounce it: ho-gar-den
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: who-gar-den

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Hermes

How we pronounce it: her-meez
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: air-mez

These are some other fashion terms you might be pronouncing incorrectly.

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Givenchy

How we pronounce it: Gah-vin-chee
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: zhee-von-she

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Volkswagen

How we pronounce it: volks wag-en
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: vo-ks var-gun

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Renault

How we pronounce it: ren-old
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: ren-oh

Here’s the right way to say some of the most mispronounced food words.

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Sega

How we pronounce it: say-ga
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: see-ga

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Louis Vuitton

How we pronounce it: loo-is vee-ton
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: loo-ee we-taahn

We bet you didn’t know that these 17 famous company names actually have secret meanings!

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Samsung

How we pronounce it: sam-sung
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: sam-song

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Bayer

How we pronounce it: bay-er
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: buy-er

We can’t say we blame you for messing up the hardest words to pronounce in the English language.

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Saucony

How we pronounce it: sow-cone-ee
How you’re supposed to pronounce it: SOCK-a-nee

Read on for 24 other phrases you’ve probably been saying wrong this whole time.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

Andy Simmons
Andy Simmons is a features editor at Reader's Digest.