The Late Movies: Fun With Mispronunciation

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So there's a YouTube channel called Pronunciation Book, which "shows you how to say various words in American English." It's an extremely simple format: display a word or phrase, then say it aloud three times. The format was simple, and yeah, maybe it helped some people. For example: Jake Gyllenhaal. But then along came the much, much better Pronunciation Manual, which appropriated the existing format and parodied it with hilariously incorrect pronunciations -- including often cutting off the third repetition mid-word. (See, for example, Pronunciation Manual's version of Jake Gyllenhaal.) So now, to celebrate wrongness, I bring you fifteen of my favorite mispronounced words and names. If you like these, believe me, there are more.

Chipotle

Ssshhhhhhontootle.

Wednesday

Wadnoosdee.

Asperger's

A-sproy-gerosis.

Schadenfreude

Scootin'-froody.

Bruschetta

Brontoopisto.

Hors d'oeuvres

Hars dooesties.

Nebuchadnezzar

Sigh.

Synechdoche

If you're unfamiliar with the real pronunciation, check this out.

Stieg Larsson

Steve Larsoossen, of course.

Joaquin Phoenix

Jacoocoo Pahwheenus.

Wittgenstein

Wintoogonasty.

Noam Chomsky

Guinness

No comment.

Bird

For advanced speakers only.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

For very advanced speakers.

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