That Ain’t How You Say That! 15 Words People Stay Mispronouncing

February 24, 2014  |  
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Tell the truth and shame the devil, are you guilty of mispronouncing these common words?

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You know, skrawberries. Like you have at the skrip club where the skrippers be.

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“Axe” vs. “Ask” has been on the Grammar Nazi Hit List for a while.

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You can converse or have a conversation, but “conversate” isn’t really how you say it.

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It makes you feel like you’re riding the express, but it’s pronounced espresso.

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You can feel flustered and frustrated, but you can’t really put the two together.

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Nope, just “regardless.”

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Close, but it’s supposedly.

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Nope, laptop. It goes on your lap. Get it?

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You can be confused because of a misunderstanding, but you just can’t be “misconfused.”

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Misunderestimate feels like it should be a word. But according to Merriam Webster, it’s “underestimate,” every time.

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Vice-A Versa

That’s one too many “a’s”. ViceΒ versa will get it done.


Nope. The Pacific is an ocean. Specific is for getting particular.

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Balentine’s Day

A lot of us spent the whole day saying this wrong. For the record, it’s not Valentime’s either.

Warshing Machine

Anyone else know southern folk who love to put “r’s” where they just don’t belong?

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Whole Nother

A lot of people refuse to say this right, but that’s a whole nother other topic.

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  • Dustin

    Supposably is a word, dumb asses.

    “Could you take out the trash baby?”
    “I could supposably take out the trash”

    “Did he take out the trash?”

    Dumb asses. Thinking youre all smart.


    How about “aks” in a sentence like “I need to aks you something, OK?” I told this lady all the time I used to work with please don’t get out your AXE again and “aks” me anything. LOL!

  • Cory Day Wichman

    Aks is absolutely not incorrect and before researching it in depth I thought people who said “aks” or “axe” were too dumb to say it right.. But the truth is the word ask and aks were both used at different times in the English language and ask just became the more dominant form… But there are still those who use aks because that’s what they were taught. I can’t explain it very well.. Look it up.

  • skeptik

    Shouldn’t the title of this piece be “Words that people KEEP mispronouncing?” How does one STAY mispronouncing? Sit in place like a good dog while butchering the language?

  • skeptik

    Incidences, for incidents or incidence.

  • Buhle

    Oh how about, wait for it …” voLUMPtuous” yes LUMP!!! People say that word very quickly but u hear the “MP” sound though!

  • Buhle

    I’m guilty of “Irregardless”. I thought it was a genuine word. I even knew when to apply it . Too many people say it for it not to be a word. It sounded so good to say it. Auto Correct burst my bubble.

  • they have actually added CONVERSATE to the dictionary. so all of those who have used it incorrectly all these years, can now relax. LOL

  • Misss

    Big and popular one missing from the list is WRETCHED! It’s been turned into another word altogether …..RATCHET !!!! No pun intended, just saying

  • Billy Slays

    I’ve never heard some of these lol.

  • BiggByrd

    Then there’s “Shitt-Zoo” (the dog). As a former owner and breeder of the Shih-Tzu I cringe every time I heard this gross mispronuncation, which is more often than not. For those of you that still don’t get it, it’s correctly pronounced “She-Zoo” . No “T” please!

  • Ashum Smashum

    you forgot envelope. WTF DO PEOPLE SAY ONVELOPE!!!!

    • MsLadyE

      It was originally a French word. “En” in French is pronounced like “on”. I’ve heard people say ON-velope and EN-velope. Both are correct, but EN-velope is more common.

  • iamone99

    N words just have poor education.

  • TheOutSider

    Two words that often annoy me, and that are now used interchangeably, ‘patronise’ and ‘condescend’. Although patronise has come to mean treat with an apparent kindness which betrays a feeling of superiority, the original meaning is to frequent (a shop, restaurant, or other establishment) as a customer. Condescend, on the other hand, means to have or show an attitude of superiority, or look down upon another. This change has occurred due to laziness of speech and the grasping of words to mean something that did not mean that in the first instance.

  • TheOutSider

    If a person ‘misunderestimates’ you, then they estimated correctly.

  • TheOutSider

    Where a person substitutes ‘F’ for ‘TH’, is a source of annoyance for me, much like saying ‘me and my friends’… That simply shows a hidden self-centredness, as it should be ‘my friends and I’.

    • MsLadyE

      Thank you!! It also irritates me when people substitute F for TH, and don’t know the difference between BOUGHT and BROUGHT. “Me and my friends” is also a thorn in my side. “Me and my friends went to the game”. I don’t know anyone who would say, “Me went to the game”. Another phrase that flips my pancakes? “Between you and I”. Who says “Between I?”

  • TheOutSider

    @Meg Butler: Yes, flustered and frustrated can be combined to make flustrated. It is called coining new words under the art of neology. Look it up.

  • Quianna

    Don’t forget “libary”

    • TheOutSider

      …and Febuary (when it should be February)…

    • MsLadyE

      Please do not get me started on that one!!!! LOL

  • Gregory Brown

    Ax for ask has a black connotation now, but historically it is accurate. The old English word for ask was acsian, which was shortened to acs or ax and was used for a long time before the hard c sound migrated to the end of the word.

    • TheOutSider

      …and your frame of reference for propagating such a view?

  • Meloyelo

    How about “excape” or “mispronounciation” or, my pet peeve, “mischievious”. Oh, and, BTW, while I abhor the word irregardless, it has been around long enough to make it to the dictionary and warshing is just a regional thing like “Pahk tha cah” only it came from Ohio instead of Brooklyn.

  • screagle101

    HypNotize, not hypmatize. And there’s only one R in usher. Not ursher

  • skeptik

    “Whole nother” is not incorrect. “Nother” IS a word, although it’s noted as slang in my dictionary. I used to think that “a whole nother” was merely a humorous way of splitting the expression “another whole,” but “nother” is in both my Webster’s New World College Dictionary, AND in the OED. You may also be surprised to learn that “nuncle” is also a word; you can say “a nuncle” just as correctly as “an uncle.” You can see, or hear, how they sound just about the same.

  • skeptik

    How ’bout ree-luh-tore for realtor (ree-ull-tore)?

  • skeptik

    My favorite is almost universally mispronounced: ek-setter-a for “et cetera.”

  • skeptik

    “Misunderestimate” was coined by George W. Bush.

    • MsLadyE

      That doesn’t surprise me at all, because George W. Bush was not the brightest crayon in the box. LOL

  • Super Chicken

    Only morons or the truly ignorant mispronounce these. Talk about setting the bar low! Sheesh.

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  • GreatKissser

    My pet peeves:
    1) Fortay… nope, it’s pronounced fort (the ‘e’ on the end is silent, just like it is with blonde which is, by the way, the feminine version of the masculine ‘blond’). A forte (pronounced fortay) is a musical passage that is to be played or sung loudly. A strong point is a forte (pronounced fort), as in the phrase ‘fortes and foibles’ which means ‘strengths and weaknesses’
    2) Podium… no, that thing you put your notes on when you are speaking is a LECTERN, not a PODIUM. A podium is a raised dais upon which a speaker stands.

    3) Exscape. Nope. Escape.
    4) Nukyaler. AAARRRGGGHHH! LOOK at the word and sound it out… nuclear… new clee are.
    5) Cashay… no, cache is pronounced “cash”

    I’ll get off my soapbox, now… and let somebody else have a turn. πŸ˜‰

    • skeptik

      What I usually hear is not ex-scape, but rather eck-scape. Not quite the same.

  • jr_mtz01

    Pacifically is actually a word… you know, to end an argument pacifically? Nothing to do with the ocean in specific.

    • TheOutSider

      …well stated and well observed.

  • blackdolphin

    All time favorite “skrimp” or “skrimps” instead of shrimp. No s ever!

  • Rachel Draper

    and out here in redneck central, I hear all kinds of things every day. my two favorites are “yins” and “youse guys” for “you guys”

  • Rachel Draper

    for some reason, for the longest time i used to think “stragetic” instead of “strategic”. LOL!

  • grammersnob

    It’s nuclear, not nucular.

  • editcat

    “A-whole-nother” is not an error. It is an infixation of the word “whole” within the word “another” and is done for emphasis. For a less, shall we say, wholesome example, compare “abso-f*cking-lutely”.

    • TheOutSider

      …either way, it is still incorrect… thank you for bringing an extra level of clarity…

  • mzfierce

    I’ve heard people pronounce crayons as “crowns”

    • MsLadyE

      I have family members who do that. Maybe I should ask them to give me a dollar every time they mispronounce “crayons”. IJS

  • Andy Shedlosky

    Really! How about poor grammar, as in the headline for this topic!
    Also, most of these aren’t mispronunciations but made up words. There’s a difference, dummy!

    • sheilajh

      I agree. I haven’t even heard of most of the made up words-and I hope it wasn’t me you were calling dummy.

      • TheOutSider

        …it would appear that Andy directed his comment to the author, Meg Butler, as opposed to any other person passing comment…

    • Just another passing thought on your sentiment, sir… The title of this takes on a form of poetic licence, where the author pokes fun at the mispronunciations by employing a similar tactic in order to emphasise the topic of discussion.

  • sheilajh

    Then there’s exscape and exspecially instead of escape especially. Those added X’s drive me nuts.

  • PissedoffinAZ

    Why are African Americans pictured on all, or nearly all of these? Barring “axe” for ask, most of these are equal opportunity mistakes.

    • TheOutSider

      …perhaps the answer lies in the objective of this site? Did you bother to look to the substance and form of this site and the target audience?

      • PissedoffinAZ

        I did not, but thanks for the tip.

  • tyrebitre

    Born, raised, and still live in the deepest of the Deep South: have NEVER heard anyone use at least 10 of those. “Skrawberry” ? WTH ? As for the “whole nother”, that is a colloquialism and is intentional – the user knows what they are saying .

  • Michael Moore

    irregardless is a word now…Webster gave up…

    • TheOutSider

      Sadly giving into laziness of speech and grammar.

  • peggy

    How about he’s all growed up. Never heard that word till I moved to NY. The other gums — you chew gum the things that hold your teeth in are gums not gooms

  • Nikita Naysey Alexander

    I’m Amber Naysey Alexander (Anna), hey everyone. Ah, conversate’s in dictionaries, but it’s just in most dialects considered nonstandard. I admit that I have a hard time verbalizing the word ‘asked’ in a sentence if I speak fast (not using the word alone) because I have very little experience saying it by lips, but I don’t pronounce it as ‘ax’ or ‘axe’. I’m intelligent, so my mispronunciation of words’s due to lack of practice, not low IQ.

    • Nikita Naysey Alexander

      Some of these words your site puts down are actually in dictionaries (cover editions and/or online dictionaries, etc) ( e.g., standard, urban, etc) (words i.e., conversate, warsh, supposably, etc), though some’re nonstandard and others just may be of dialect, regional, or what have ya.

  • Jose Colon-Berdecia

    Why are most, if not all, of the people depicted in your photos Black? Is that your subliminal and cowardly way to make an attack against Black folks? is it because you think only Black people butcher the English language? I have worked with many poor, and not so poor Whites from all parts of the country. Believe me, ignorance knows no color!

  • mouser59

    I work in health care – It’s a “prostate” not a “prostrate” and a “CPAP machine” not a “CPAC machine”! Makes me crazy, all day long. Oh, and to all my RN buddies – it’s “phenergan” not “phenergren”. I feel better now, thank-you.

    • Ha! Celestra instead of Celexa… πŸ˜›

  • Kaila P

    Where I’m from people say ClorAx instead of Clorox and they als pronoucne violenece like thise (voiilence) sigh

  • Bruce A. Miller

    so, people who talk this way….are they lazy or ignorant?

    • Nikita Naysey Alexander

      It depends on whom one talks about. I just merely don’t verbally use some words in English enough which’s why I get tongue-tied on those words (in writing or typing, it’s different), but my IQ allowed me to achieve scores of 90 points and above on most of my college exams and finals–my lower scores (by my self-assessment) were due to hours being stuck at college from early morning to late night, not much eating needed in those hous, heavy workload, lack of transportation, and etc.

      • Bruce A. Miller

        see… this is a good response…. I can agree that perhaps lazy and/or ignorant are definitely valid reasons… as well as fatigue…….

        • It is a response, yes, but it is not poorly constructed, the grammar, and sentence construction leave much to be desired. It does not compare to the initial false dichotomy presented by you. It is a different approach. The author here takes blame upon herself, and presents reasonings as to why she faces difficulties… something you did not provide an opening for when you presented two options. To state that a poorly constructed comment is a ‘good’ response, coupled with your flawed reasonings and logic, leaves one wondering what scale you are employing to measure this level of social acceptability. Furthermore, I did not discount the options provided, I discounted the method in which they were presented.

    • TheOutSider

      Context is everything… Often, it is due to an inherited laziness of speech, that may or may not be, caused through ignorance. To ask whether it is lazy or ignorant, is a flawed question.

      • Bruce A. Miller

        To attack the premise of the question and not offer alternatives let alone answer the question itself is a flawed response.

        • The initial question presented is a false dichotomy, where a single conclusion is presented from one of two options, where there may, in fact, be several other answers. The premise of the question is flawed, and by the feigned outrage, clearly wanted a one or other of the options to be chosen. An answer to given question under these circumstances would render the answer being as flawed as the question. To hold that the the response to the premise of the question without alternatives is not only a flawed response, but an academic fiction on your part. Should a set of alternatives be presented, then that would make the alternatives equally flawed, for there may be any number of alternatives that would never be listed.

          In the spirit of appeasing the feigned offence, another reason for the speech impediment may be related to, but limited to, a range of medical conditions… To raise yet another issue, by stating that, “…attack the premise of the question and not offer alternatives let alone answer the question itself is a flawed response” is in fact ironic, for it attacks a reasoned and unflawed response, without providing an alternative… That, sir, relates to Epimendes’ Paradox, and is, of itself, an irony. Sometimes, sir, it is better to be thought a fool, than open one’s mouth and remove all doubt. Have a good day.

          • Bruce A. Miller

            Ok smart guy… get your head out of your Philosophy 101 chapter on rhetoric (or at least give us citation so you are not plagiarizing) and give us another alternative to the two presented.

            • Ahh, so you resort to ad hominem to continue validating your flawed reasoning… The statement, “get your head out of your Philosophy 101 chapter on rhetoric (or at least give us citation so you are not plagiarizing)” makes at least three flawed assumptions, the first being I am in the US of A, which I am not; the second that I took Philosophy 101, which I did not; and thirdly that I am plagiarising, which, again, I am not. As such, no citation is required. The statement again follows suit to the first comment made by you, which is a false dichotomy, where a single choice has to be made from one of two options, coupled with manufactured ire. It seems that there is a lack of apprehension on the purpose and meaning of rhetoric, on your part, sir. The purpose was never to be persuasive but rather to demonstrate the flawed reasoning employed. At least be more understanding on the terms you employ prior to employing them.

              The statement, “and give us another alternative to the two presented” is a clear indication that you did not read what was written. This demonstrates why the initial sentiment given by yourself, sir, is a false dichotomy. Again, I stress, it is not for me to present any further alternatives, there is no requirement to do so, and your request does not amount to a substantial reason to provide any further suggestions. That said, I will point you to something I already stated, I quote, “In the spirit of appeasing the feigned offence, another reason for the speech impediment may be related to, but not limited to, a range of medical conditions for example…” Anything more than this is not required… and the retorts given, serve only to further substantiate the last line in my previous comment. It would be best if the feigned outrage and artificial offence be removed from any further presented reasoning, as it functions to undermine any arguments presented, which goes to showing a bias.

              Please note, any further comments on your part, if they continue to follow the pre-set methodology, will be taken as being contrived, and therefore of no sound basis. Have a good day, sir.

  • James Maddox

    Forgot one – what about chimbley instead of chimney?

  • James Maddox

    What about wrench instead of rinse; goes along with warsh

  • helena handbasket

    Perhaps if black people would spend more time reading and less time thinking they’re so cool, they might not be as ignorant as portrayed in this article.

    • Nikita Naysey Alexander

      To me, that sounds racist.

  • CrabbyOldBikch

    “Orientate”..ain’t no such word. You attend “orientation” to become “oriented”. Lot of this seems to be eubonics…(eye roll)

    • TheOutSider

      Seriously? Firstly, orientate is simply another word for Orient… secondly, the use of a double negative ensures that the once negative sentence becomes a positive, and it is ebonics not eubonics (unless you intended bubonic…which is not supported by the context). It would be more accurate to write, “‘Orientate’… There is no such word. You attend “orientation” to become “oriented”. [A] lot of this seems to be ebonics… (eye roll).”

  • Kit23

    What about “testes” instead of tests? I was a child and it took me days to figure out what my friends were saying.

  • Dr Chris Miller

    There is a difference between mispronunciation and idioms (whole nother, which happens to be a great way to emphasize what it says). And by the way, white people mispronounce words also. How about secetary? Or maybe that is one you aren’t so sure of?

    • Nikita Naysey Alexander

      I agree, and I also believe that sometimes idioms’re the best way to convey what probably couldn’t be conveyed otherwise.

  • sewsew58

    Prostate and Prostrate….drives me insane when a guy says “I got my prostrate exam”

  • Dan A

    I can’t begin to phantom how bad our speech has gotten. It’s not like you can just snap your fingers and wa-la, everyone will talk perfect.

    • GreatKissser

      Perfectly… perfect is an adjective… since you’re modifying or describing the verb “talk,” you need to use an adverb, i.e., perfectly.

      • Dan A

        Could you be more pacific?

        • GreatKissser

          I can fathom being more Pacific. There are still several miles between my home and the ocean so, if I moved due south or to the west,voilΓ , I’d be more Pacific. πŸ˜€

          Intentional Misunderstanding: Just one more service I offer. πŸ˜‰

  • JR

    Why is every meme a black person?! Was this post supposed to be racist? Mispronounciations only happen by African American?

  • PJ

    This one drives me wild. Altimers….aaahhhh. It’s Alzheimers!!! Get it right folks!

  • Aaron Aoc

    So this is words that BLACK PEOPLE mispronounce….I get it….

    Well, I hope the author is black, or I am going to have the opinion that this is a pretty racist article.

  • starsNdots

    PROLLY explain that one

    • MsLadyE


  • Bomb ebonics

    How could you NOT include one of the most frequently mispronounced words…butchered even in TV commercials, on HSN, by network news anchors, etc….JEWELRY! So many folks pronounce it JEW-LER-REE, JEWL-LER-REE (or even worse JUR-REE OR JUR-REES) People…it’s JEW-L-REE, there is no LER sound in the middle! There is an L sound. Clean it up, please!

  • yellow_not_yella

    What about disorientated – that word just about sets me off – it should be disoriented. . . and also (good grief), I dont gots. . .should be “I don’t have”, and lest of all, spelling “denver” instead of never.

  • Bill E. BOBB

    what is the correct pronunciation of “sheboon”?

  • JoJo

    All but “washing machine” are by ignorant blacks.

  • mashyou

    Read more classic novels and newspapers like the New York Times, and watch less TV. Problem solved.

  • Carolyn Davis

    Patterin (pattern)
    Diabetus (diabetes)
    garnishy (garnish, paycheck)
    meranaise (mayonnaise)
    comphtable (comfortable)
    urn (iron)
    and so much more

    • Rachel Draper

      “Anyhoo” is used on purpose by people if they just feel like being goofy. I know it’s actually “anyhow” but i still say it anyways.

  • MsLadyE

    ATHALETE = athlete
    VOMICK = vomit
    ap-PRO-ach = approach (My English teacher used to say that)
    SHE-ah butter = Shea butter
    WINDLE = window
    STEET = street
    I LUH you = I love you
    MOO your POCKEYBOOK, please = Move your pocketbook, please
    TESTIS = tests (A preacher said this during a church service)
    It bothered me when my niece said GIT instead of GET. It doesn’t bother me anymore.
    My sister had a classmate who said MIRK instead of milk.
    NA, NAOW, NAH, NUH = now
    SHOLIS = sure is
    WAYMINT = Wait a minute
    TENNISES = tennis shoes
    PAYOUNDS = pounds
    One Sunday, my pastor said, “Let us OPEWATE in the spirit”. The whole church fell out!

    • Rachel Draper

      um, where did you hear those?

      • MsLadyE

        I have family who say some of these. And when my pastor said OPEWATE in the spirit, everybody in that church cracked up!

  • hans

    it’s not just southern people who put “R’s” where they don’t belong…thanks though

  • Chissy

    Pacifically should have been number one. You should have added uncomfortabowl.

  • um…

    I’m sick of people who think they’re so smart not taking the 5 seconds to google or look in a respected dictionary to discover that supposably is INDEED a “real word.” Really and truly, it is.

  • ohthatswhatyouthought

    “Brimaid” (yes this is for you Nene)

  • Sunshinegirl

    People often say the world “often” incorrectly. It’s “of-fen” not “oft-ten.”

    • sheilajh

      YES! That one drives me nuts. The t is silent as it is in sof-ten, or lis-ten etc.

  • amazed

    have yall ever heard someone say ‘brooke’ instead of ‘broke’. omg that one makes me want to commit suicide lmao

  • grahmar

    they forgot some people write n say congradulations when people graduate instead of congratulations. lol

  • amazed

    i admit i do say ‘whole nother’ sometime. but the rest of the list is just a mess….who says misunderestimate tho….i dont even know how i’d react to someone saying that

  • Daniel Roth

    you forgot “aks”.. the most mispronounced word ever.

    • Rachel Draper

      they said that.

  • NegRican24

    No no no I hate northeren, easteren, southeren, westeren, patteren, pacifically. irregardless, brefas……UUUUUUUUUUUGH it just grinds my gears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chelsea J.

    I have a friend with a master’s degree that pronounces sandwich as sand-a-wich -_-

    • I’ve heard a lot of latin people say sang-wich.

  • Sun-SHINE

    Lol, I have been dragged for pronouncing ask correctly and I couldn’t understand why she was telling me no it’s not a.s.k. is axe! I refused to mispronounce it and I felt really bad that day! B!tch tryna tell me I was wrong, lol

  • bigdawgman

    Wanna have fun with someone from the south? Ask them to say c-a-t-c-h or p-i-n-c-h. 99% of the time they will say ketch or peench. It’s so ingrained we don’t even notice it.

  • Funnygal

    I had a friend to tell me that he was trying to rememberize something. He got mad when I said that he could either remember or memorize but that rememberize is not a word

  • Clunie Milhomme

    What about LIEBERRY for library?

  • Animate

    I’ve never heard Balentine’s Day but how does that beat out Valentime’s Day?

  • Kristen

    Wow this had me rollin’! Or should I say rolling? πŸ˜‰

    I’m from Texas and half of my family is from Louisiana so I frequently hear mispronunciations and I’m definitely guilty of a few! When I got to high school I was around more whites and I had a friend that got so annoyed every time I said “ax” instead of “ask”! I was like wow I had no idea it was so wrong lol. I’d like to believe that I’m a good writer, but I have to admit that when I’m at home, I may say “Where y’all be at?” “In da fridgerater” “hell nah mayne” “tenney shoes” etc. But I’m a master at keeping that at home and leaving it outside the office πŸ˜‰

  • Kristen

    LMFAO!!!! “Erng”! I heard that TOO much growing up!

  • Sheena Hill

    No one mentioned errnge aka orange

  • IG: Taneeka2012

    I’ve never actually heard anyone pronounce the word as “Skrawberry”. I’m guilty of saying “axe” & “whole nother” ALL THE TIME. I used to say “labtop” when I was younger. But as far as the rest, I’ve never used them. It’s not on the list, but I’m also guilty of adding an extra -ed to the end of some words. For example. instead of saying “liked”, I say “liked-ed”.

  • Taryn Bryant

    Oh you forgot ” li- berry” or “li-bury” or “screet”, “stow” ” O-frah”, “scrimps”, ” zink”, “toof”, “scrange” and the list goes on. Please write for transcript.

  • Just saying!!

    Oh and don’t get me started on ax!! It’s ASK, not ax. -_-

  • Just saying!!

    I’m not flipping through all these pages but “pacific” and “fridgerator” I feel are pretty common. And when I was younger people would add “ed” to the end of stuff like light-skinneded and hurted. Lol in fact I remember listening to Keyshia Cole’s “love” and being soooo annoyed that she said “hurted”. And I was also annoyed when Beyonce said “algebuh” in her song 1+1. Okay off my soap box now. Lol

    • guest

      …Or Mary J. Blige’s pronunciation of ‘seck-uh-terry’ instead of ‘secretary’ in her song “Not Gon’ Cry.”

  • TheAudacityOfDope

    It sure is a lot of “polices” out tonight. Me and “mines” straight. Ya’ll “womens” kill me trying to keep up with these “mens”. Grilled “shrimps” tonight, my bae did that. Should I keep going?

    • guest

      No shade to you personally, but your post just reminded me of another grammatical pet peeve. The use of the word “it” when the word “there” should be used. Example: THERE are a lot of police out tonight. Not IT is a lot of police out tonight.

      • MsLadyE

        Thank you! I hate that, too. If I had a dollar every time somebody said “It’s” for “There’s”, I’d be a rich woman now! LOL

      • TheAudacityOfDope

        No offense taken. In fact you echo my sentiments exactly..

  • Leslie Terry

    How about ambulance not ambalanze and library not liberry. Also, Brought not brang.

    • MsLadyE

      Or when people confuse BOUGHT and BROUGHT. That really bothers me.

  • Catherine Dye

    my mom likes to say OR-eenj for orange, lol!

  • Twyla BebΓ©

    Half of the words on here I’ve never heard anyone say in my life. And I’m from the south where there are a ton of different dialects. -____- I guess anything for a article longer than 5 pages.

    • Val

      You just made me think of one; “souf” as in ‘down souf’. Supposed to be ‘south’. Lol I know you’ve heard that.

      • Msatlusa

        Yeah, like “Norf Carolina.” What is that all about? Sometimes I shamelessly watch Black Ink Crew, and the female tattoo artist on there named Duchess, is from North Carolina; she insists on pronouncing it that way. It drives me crazy!

  • Catherine Dye

    I have a friend that says “irregardless” and whenever she says it, I find a way to use the word properly, but she either doesn’t catch on, or she’s too stubborn to change.

  • Catherine Dye

    They left one out: Aluminum. According to the Webster’s Dictionary, It’s
    pronounced Ι™-ˈlΓΌ-mΙ™-nΙ™m NOT Al-you-min-ee-um. You can cash in Aluminum cans, but nobody takes Aluminium.

    • guest

      British people say al-u-min-ee-um. For some reason, they add the extra syllable. They tend to do that with a few other words as well.

  • Crowe

    And all blaq.s AKS for more food stamps –

  • micki319

    Don’t forget “urnj” instead of “orange” and “purnch” instead of “punch”. Yep you guessed it….I’m Southern LOL

    • Kristen


  • Tamira Bennett Volk

    My husband says warsh. Its annoying

    • Catherine Dye

      my mom says that. I’ve been guilty of the same, lol!

  • MsLadyE

    My sociology teacher used to say PRNT instead of POINT. My ex-BF would say CHEER instead of CHAIR. And I had a Hispanic boss who always looked at us funny because we’d fall out laughing when he said SHEET and BEACH during meetings! LOL

  • MsLadyE

    Just thought of another one: Didn’t I TAY (tell) you…And can somebody tell me how you THOW a ball?

    • Kristen

      Lmfao @ thow a ball!

  • hrprofessional

    Words, names that make me cringe: Liberry, fitteen (15), pronouncing can’t as cain’t, Martha Lutha King,

    • hrprofessional

      Also burfday and baffroom

      • MsLadyE


      • hrprofessional

        kennygarden… kindergarten

    • Catherine Dye

      I hate it when people say “ain’t” when I was a kid, they used to tell us, “Ain’t ain’t a word. Ain’t ain’t in the dictionary.” Well ain’t STILL ain’t a word, but somehow, some moron managed to put it in the dictionary, lol!

  • alex

    Is it ChampionChip of ChampionShip though…?

    • Msatlusa

      Championship. That was a good one!

  • alex

    Sound like things a lot of our Grandparents would say…lol!

  • lockstress

    The best one was a chuck in twitter that wrote that she thought she suffered from…ahem…80HD & not ADHD! I cried for her children πŸ™

  • Leah Robinson

    I am guilty of “whole nother”

  • Icantstandtherain

    Conversation. I said that shyt in a meeting. SMDH.

  • MsLadyE

    I died laughing when I read that list!

  • TC

    “SODER” instead of Soda. I have 2 relatives that say this and it kills me everytime.

    • Catherine Dye

      my grandma says “sodie,” but she mainly says it to be funny or cute. She knows the proper pronunciation.

    • Kristen

      I cringe every time a person puts an “-er” at the end of a word that ends with an “-a”!

  • Val

    My favorite is a phrase people say wrong; “Let no man put asunder” and people wrongly say, ‘Let no man put us under’.

    Also people say, ‘I love you to death’ when it’s “I love you until or til death’. Loving someone to death makes no sense. Lol

    • Catherine Dye

      I hate it when people change quotes to make them politically correct. You can’t change a quote. The original person who said or wrote it said it just like that. You have to keep it the way it was said.

      For example, A friend of mine sometimes says, “To each their own.”

      That’s not the correct quote.

      As we all know, it’s “To each his own.”

      It was said back before people starting being politically correct. Back when using the generic he was still common and acceptable.

  • Ms. Kameria

    I actually clicked through the entire list cringed at each word, because I know people who say these words.

  • guest

    I shouldn’t be doing it . . . but I am laughing my a$$ OFFFFFF! You got me rollin’! If you don’t mind, I’ll add another to your list. People who mix singular and plural verbs … He have a cute car, she have a nice house (instead of has). Just bugs me…

  • Dee

    Misconfused? Really? -_-

  • Lola

    The title “That ain’t how you say that!, 15 words people stay mispronouncing”, needs revision. Madame Noire, if you want to post an article on mispronouncing words, please make sure the title is grammatically correct. #uh-oh, #tryagain.

    • bvictorian

      It’s a play on the subject at hand. Not a serious title.

    • Catherine Dye

      Yeah, it should be “That ain’t how you say that! 15 words people mispronounce”

  • Trisha_B

    Some of these had to be made up for comedic reasons, b/c I can’t believe people actually would say those things lol

    I had to take speech in elementary school, due to having a heavy Jamaican accent thanks to the influence of my family lmao so I can get picky about pronouncing things. But the 2 I always mess up are “mines” (I just love adding that S lol) & “icing” (I pronounce it ice-ning lol).

    • Taryn Bryant

      It’s all true. Believe me. And it gets worse.

    • Oh yeah Trisha, I’ve heard them too. It makes me want to correct it each and every time but I don’t want to seem offensive.

  • MsRickie

    I don’t hear people saying pacifically, but I do hear them using pacific instead of specific. I want to tell them that’s the Ocean dumb azz.
    I thought skrimps would be on the list and physical year instead of fiscal. Finally in 2014 can people learn how to pronounce Salmon. The “l” is silent. It’s not Sal mon.

  • MsRickie

    I don’t see/hear people saying pacifically, I do hear them saying pacific instead of specific. What about skrimps and people who can not pronounce salmon. The “l is silent!

    • Jing

      A traffic cop said “pacifically” to me once. He was directing traffic, and tried to make me get out of the lane I was in, even though that lane was flowing and moving normally. So I told him no, and he was like, “I pacifically just told you to get in another lane.” I just kept repeating “pacifically” to him until the light turned green so I could go. He was an idiot. And my boyfriend, he cannot pronounce salmon. He uses the L and refuses to believe it should be any other way.

    • Catherine Dye

      i’ve never heard anyone say skrimps

      • Taryn Bryant

        Oh I have. It’s painful.

      • MsLadyE

        I have. And I’ve heard people say “swimps”.

  • TC

    Can we throw “Li-Bary” aka Library and “Feb-a-wary” aka February in the mix. Ooh wee nothing can work a nerve like hearing these two mispronounced. LOL

    • MsLadyE

      OMG!!! My mother was a librarian at an elementary school, and she was always correcting the kids (and some of the teachers) when they said “li-BERRY” instead of “li-BRARY” . Oooooooooooooooooh!
      Other words and phases I CAN’T STAND:
      “Tooken” instead of taken
      “Go get, go bring…”
      “Muvver” instead of mother
      “Where Mommy phone?”
      “Where you stay at?”
      “They house, they car…”
      “I’m going to wash my CLOSE” (clothes)
      I fell out when I saw “pacifically”. I have friends who say that ALL THE TIME!
      “I’m going OVER Steve’s house” (Wow, I didn’t know you could fly! LOL)
      “AMBOLANCE” Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!
      “She SUNG that song!”
      “That’s MINES”.

      • Tha Real Hamia

        LOL at Ambolance! In Baltimore people call it an Ammalance

        • MsLadyE

          I’ve heard that too. And PO-lice…Help me Jesus! LOL

        • persephone

          NO DOUBT. Baltimore native.

          (also, ZINC is seriously used as the word for sink. and let’s not forget the “Black Baltimore ‘A'” – where carry is pronounced curry, Mary is Murry, Erica is Urrica… and don’t get me started on the “oo” sound… =]

          • Tha Real Hamia

            Zinc LOL!!! Yup! and how about when BMore people say:
            Muva = mother
            Fawva = father
            Todd = tired
            Far = fire
            Compruter = computer
            Burick = Buick
            Strimp/ Skrimp =shrimp
            Shkreet =street
            Mirk = milk
            Breffix = breakfast
            Dug = dog

            • TC

              Compruter?!!! LMAO OMG I Cant hahahahahahaha

          • KiraUSA

            I said ZINC as a kid in SNJ and my mom and her best friend always did LOLOLOLOL

      • Catherine Dye

        Let’s not forget “that’s my baby daddy.”

        It’s supposed to be, “that’s my BABY’S daddy.”

        • MsLadyE

          Good one!

        • Ms. Kameria

          No, it really should be “that’s my husband and the father of my child(ren), but that’s a different story.

          • MsLadyE

            All right, that’s what I’m talking about!!

          • mashyou

            Touche, well played.

      • LOL! Yes! Judge Judy is always correcting people when they say tooken. LOL! “There’s no such word as tooken” but I do notice she says Feb-u-ary instead of Febru-ary.

        • persephone

          I thought I was THE ONLY ONE who actually pronounces the ‘r’ in February!

          I get railed about that all of the time, but I care not.

  • cb

    Yep…black people

    • Val

      It’s not just Black folks who mispronounce stuff. Trust me.

      • Taryn Bryant

        I live in Va. Listening to the white people here sounds like teeth grinding sand.

  • eadesybeadsy

    Or the all-time favs: you’re/your, I’m is, would of instead would have, their/they’re/there are always used incorrectly. When you’re on FB and social media you see all types of words that are made up (LOL) or used incorrectly. I wonder about our school system or whether many adults even went after seeing the things I’ve seen. LOL

    • FamuRattler85


      • Nitag

        What about al- timers disease?

        • Oh gosh yes! And even old timers.

          • KiraUSA

            my Aunt says OLD TIMER’S DISEASE! drives me INSANE!

            • editcat

              “Old timer’s disease” is *usually* intended as a joke, rather than a serious diagnosis. As in, “I misplaced my keys again. Must have old timer’s disease.” If your aunt is using it seriously, you should probably explain the joke when correcting her. Otherwise, continuing to hear the joke pronunciation elsewhere will only make her pity you for your obvious error. “Alzheimer’s disease? That doesn’t make any sense!” πŸ˜‰

    • Yvonne Watkins

      One of the reasons I don’t like Steve Harvey. He made fun of a woman who emailed him and asked that he be more conscious of his grammar. He said “I don’t need to do ‘dat. I made it.”

      • MsLadyE

        I hear Steve Harvey make a lot of mistakes all the time. Too bad there’s no way to reach through the radio or TV and smack him!!! LOL

        • quashi

          How about the housewives of ATL…except for Kenya? I know she may not be fan favorite but good or bad I can appreciate that about her.

          • MsLadyE

            You’re right! Kenya and Cynthia are the only ATL housewives whose voices don’t get on my nerves. NeNe sounds like a chickenhead. Kandi sounds all right most of the time, but sometimes she gets this whiny tone that irritates me. Phaedra is so focused on trying to uphold this classy “Southern belle” image, and ends up sounding like a snot. Porsha acts and sounds like a 12-year-old. I’ve only seen Claudia in two episodes, but she sounds OK enough.

        • Richard Kimble

          Someone needs to smack Steve upside the hade.

    • Catherine Dye

      OOOOOO! I HATE it when people misuse there, their and they’re! It’s THEIR car. Park the car over THERE. THEY’RE going for a drive in THEIR car.

      • Dan A

        Your right (really, they’re parking their car to your right). Feel better now?

    • Catherine Dye

      And let’s not forget people who mix up know and now. I KNOW that most people get the idea. NOW I believe that everyone understands πŸ™‚

    • Taryn Bryant

      What about “to”, “too” and “two”?

    • taste of light

      I got kinda offended when the author stated “southern people putting r’s in words” I have never done that but I had a teacher from Pennsylvania that constantly did that. I don’t know ANY southern person that I associate with that does this. I do know some New York natives that pronounce things with a ‘r’ and it sound like a ‘v'(muva, fahva).

      • editcat

        Actually, what offends me is referring to these as mispronunciations. These are regional accents.

    • Taryn Bryant

      Not forgetting : to, too, and two. I think social media is making people stupid.

  • Jimbo Jones

    Do amberlamps and nuffin count?

    • MsLadyE

      You got me with “nuffin”…guilty as charged! LOL

      Another word that kills me: when people use “sleep” as an adjective. “He’s SLEEP”. REALLY??? “Sleep” is either a NOUN or a VERB, people!!!

    • Catherine Dye

      what’s amberlamps supposed to be?

      • guest

        I think it’s supposed to be ambulance. That one took me a minute to figure out, too.

      • Jimbo Jones


      • Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis

        Perfect example: com/watch?v=rdLB7tXWJ0k&index=4&list=PL251FC27E62B26C7D

        Remove the space before “com”.

    • NegRican24

      That’s funny because I’ve heard amalamps so mispronounciation also depends on what region you live in lls

      • gramma’s grammar boy

        The word is mispronunciation, not mispronounciation. A word is mispronounced when you make a mispronunciation. Even spell check will verify that!

        • quashi


  • guest

    At first, I thought that some of these were mispronounced on purpose … just to be silly, (seriously, who doesn’t know the words are ‘strawberry and shrimp,’ not ‘skrawberry and skrimp’ ?? But, as I kept clicking, I realized I’ve heard people make many of these mistakes in serious conversations. Oh, well…
    Seems you left one off the list, MN. “Fifteen Words People Stay Mispronouncing” should be ‘…Often Mispronounce,’ or ‘…Frequently Mispronounce,’ or ‘…Repeatedly Mispronounce.’ As ‘writers,’ you should know that.

  • LouLouB

    Balentine’s day?! Who in the hell… Lol

    • Nia

      How about Valentimes? Lol

      • Catherine Dye

        I used to say Valentimes when I was a kid. Until I saw it in writing at the store. I realized that I had it wrong. Not the store

      • Taryn Bryant

        Oh yes…my husband did that. He will never do it again.

      • NegRican24

        Omg I forgot that one! My friends hate me because i’m always correcting them but I do it out of love, also I had the type pf mother who always checke our grammar.

        • Kelz

          Ditto Ditto Ditto! And I thank my Mom to this very moment for doing that. Every time I would begin a sentence with the word “like” or it slipped in the middle somewhere she would make me start my statement all over again. As a teenager it got on my nerves but as an adult, I feel proud and accomplished that I don’t sound like a ghetto/hood rat!

    • Icantstandtherain

      I think I think most of those words were regional, that country shyt.

      • Malfunksiun .

        nah that city ghetto shyt

  • FB

    How about unexplicable?

    • randommentality


  • Yamini

    Please do not forget “mines”

    • MsLadyE

      And “yourn”. LOL

      • tshelle

        And “thern”

    • Catherine Dye

      I can’t believe they forgot that one. And let’s not forget “womens” It’s WOMEN. The only time “women” has an “s” on the end is when it’s used as a plural possessive. In that case, it’s spelled “women’s” yes the apostrophe goes before the “s” in this case, because the plural of women doesn’t have an “s”. As opposed to “dogs”, which does. In that case, the plural possessive of dogs would be dogs’ and when you use someone’s name or a word that ends in an “s”, you don’t just put a apostrophe to make it possessive. You still have to add an s. For example: James. James’s car. Not James’ car. There’s only one James here. Also, Congress, when used in possessive form, is Congress’s. NOT Congress’. The correct plural for congress is congresses and the plural possessive is congresses’

      • #brooklyn

        i have a grammar crush on YOU!!! the state of our nation’s education system is the cause…I remember getting a crash course in grammar because our English teacher felt like we were all the poorest writers EVER. they just don’t teach it the same anymore.

        • js

          They need to (teach it.)

      • Kris50

        It’s “an” apostrophe, not “a” and it’s “a” s, not “an” s… Lol I’m just saying

        • JustSayin’

          Kris – You’re correct about “an apostrophe”, but you are mistaken about the “s”. The correct pronunciation of the letter s is “ess”. Since it begins with a vowel sound, it should be preceded by “an”, not “a”. The rule is based on pronunciation, not on the actual letter. Good try, though.

      • skeptik

        You’re pretty literate, but mistaken nonetheless. The car belonging to James can properly be called EITHER James’s car, OR James’ car, at least according to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th ed., which is the “official dictionary” of the Associated Press.

        • OBKB

          Webster’s also thinks “D’Oh!” is a word. They lost all the respect I had for them when they started considering non-words to be legitimate. No, you absolutely cannot say James’ car unless more than one James owns it, or James is the last name of the family driving/riding in it.

          • Robert Schaefer

            I was taught that when the name ends in an “S”, you add the apostrophe after the “S” but do not add another “S”.
            A car belonging to James would be James’ car. Pronounced “James-es”.

            • OBKB

              I was taught that you should never do that with a name. because it’s a plural possessive. There is only one “James” to which the car belongs, not, two. In the case of someone who has ‘James’ as a first name, it would be a singular possessive, for example: “I took a ride in James’s new car.”. A plural possessive would be used in the case of a family with the surname ‘James’, for example, “I went to the James’ (pronounced “James-es”) house for dinner last night.”.

              It’s the same as you would do with “parents”.
              “I work for my parent’s business.” indicates the business belongs to one parent (typically, no one says this, they usually say which parent); however, “I work for my parents’ (pronounced “parents”) business.” indicates that both parents are owners.

              The only word I can think of where an apostrophe is acceptable both before or after, is “people”.

      • OBKB

        Yes! Also, I see parent’s for plural possessive, a lot. I don’t know about you, but, I go to my parents’ house.

    • Taryn Bryant

      I hate that. “cringe”

    • Neco84

      Oh my God……………………….. when I hear mineS my body gets allergic. Lol

  • Renee86

    LOL, I had a friend that would say labtop and it always made me cringe. I would put extra emphasis on the “p” when I said it around her in hopes that she would get it. She never did so one day I just had to ask her why she pronounced it like that, lol!

    • FredSmithIV

      what was the response?