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8 Commonly Mispronounced Words

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1. Cache.

Common Mistake: Ka-shay.

But It’s Actually: KASH, like the kind you spend.

It’s not uncommon for people to confuse the pronunciation of cache, something hidden or a hiding place, with cachet, meaning prestige or superior status. But they’re not the same word, and they should be pronounced differently!

2. Utmost.

Common Mistake: Upmost.

People often swap a “p” for a “t” in the word utmost, which means the most extreme or situated at the farthest away point. Upmost, however, is a word, meaning at the top of something, such as, “on the upmost shelf.” However, it is uncommon in American English, and almost always used as an erroneous replacement for “utmost.”

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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2:21PM PDT on May 7, 2013

thanks, although most of these aren't even common words :)

9:13AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

@Mar...you are correct that these people are typing(spelling/saying) this incorrectly.
First, it should be sense....but the sentence should read: this does not make any sense.

9:48PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Interesting, mostly because I am Spanish speaker so very grateful to learn a better English. Now I am curious, had read some times people saying "this don't have since" and I wonder if they had to use "this don't have sense", please forgive my ignorance and explain me what word is correct.

9:31PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Yay! I do not mispronounce any of these words.

9:53PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

In Australia we dont say alooominum...but we DO say. Al u...min...i...um. I dont think I have hear anyone say Banal incorrectly and least of all me. I love words but I do the big cringe bit when I hear simple words incorrectly spoken. The list of words would fill a book!

4:01PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

9:23AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

I hear people say "heighth" all the time. And what is this trendy phrase "Oh, no she dinent" all about?

8:27AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Interesting article,
Thank You for sharing.......

11:03AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

interesting article and very interesting comments!
thank you everyone!
I have pet peeves also, but too numerous to mention in today's world, when working with young and old.

4:09AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

I am guilty of mispronouncing "banal" - oh and thank you to the person who agrees with my pet hate "I couldn't care less" is the correct version, and I get quite agitated when seeing "I could care less" (although I have a feeling that comes more from Yiddish sarcasm than English, but I could be wrong but it would then have the inflection of a question: "I could care less?"

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