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In mythology the ³aegis´ is associated especially with the goddess Athene. It is her shield with the Gorgon¶s head on it. 2. anyway ± The problem with this word is not so much pronunciation as the addition of an unnecessary sound. Don¶t add an s to make it ³anyways.´ The word is ANYWAY. 3. archipelago ± Because the word is from Greek, the ch is pronounced with a /k/ sound. Say /AR-KI-PEL-A-GO/, not /arch-i-pel-a-go/. 4. arctic ± Note the C after the R. Say /ARK-TIK/, not /ar-tik/. 5. accessory ± the first C has a ³hard´ sound. Say /AK-SESS-OR-Y/, not /ass-ess-or-y/. 6. ask ± The S comes before the K. Say /ASK/ not /aks/. 7. asterisk ± Notice the second S. Say /AS-TER-ISK/, not /as-ter-ik/. 8. athlete ± The word has two syllables, not three. Say /ATH-LETE/, not /ath-uh-lete/. 9. barbed wire- Notice the AR in the first syllable. Say /BARBD/, not /bob/. 10. cache ± The word is of French origin, but it does not end with an accented syllable. A cache is a hiding place or something that is being hidden: a cache of supplies; a cache of money; a cache of drugs. Say /KASH/, not /ka-shay/. 11. candidate ± Notice the first d. Say /KAN-DI-DATE/, not /kan-i-date/. 12. cavalry ± This word refers to troops that fight on horseback. Say /KAV-UL-RY/, not /kal-vuh-
ry/. NOTE: Calvary refers the place where Jesus was crucified and IS pronounced /kal-vuh-ry/.) 13. chaos ± The spelling ch can represent three different sounds in English: /tch/ as in church, /k/ as in Christmas, and /sh/ as in chef. The first sound is heard in words of English origin and is the most common. The second sound of ch, /k/, is heard in words of Greek origin. The third and least common of the three ch sounds is heard in words adopted from modern French. Chaos is a Greek word. Say /KAY-OS/, not /tchay-os/. 14. clothes ± Notice the TH spelling and sound. Say /KLOTHZ/, not /kloz/. 15. daïs ± A daïs is a raised platform. The pronunciation fault is to reverse the vowel sounds. The word is often misspelled as well as mispronounced. Say /DAY-IS/ not /d -is/. 16. dilate ± The word has two syllables, not three. Say /DI-LATE/, not /di-a-late/. 17. drowned ± This is the past participle form of the verb drown. Notice that there is no D on drown. Don¶t add one when using the word in its past form. Say /DROWND/, not /drown-ded/. 18. et cetera ± This Latin term is often mispronounced and its abbreviation is frequently misspelled. Say /ET CET-ERA/, not /ex cet-er-a/. For the abbreviation, write ETC., not ect. 19. February ± Just about everyone I know drops the first r in February. The spelling calls for /FEB-ROO-AR-Y/, not /feb-u-ar-y/. 20. foliage ± The word has three syllables. Say /FO-LI-UJ/, not /fol-uj/.
incident ± Something that happens is an ³incident. 24. 25. Illinois ± As with Arkansas. interpret ± The word has three syllables. 36. the final ³s´ in Illinois is not pronounced. not a /TH/ sound. The Italian word. NOTE: Some unknowledgeable folks may still be trying to pronounce Arkansas as if it had something to do with Kansas. (The show begins with this sentence: ³In the criminal justice system. may not know that heinous has two syllables. 33. not /jew-el-er-y/. regardless. 37. old-fashioned ± This adjective is formed from a past-participle: ³fashioned. not /hith/. Say /JEW-EL-RY/. 35. meaning ³holy. though many words of French origin have been anglicized in standard usage.´ Don¶t leave off the ED. niche ± The word is from the French and. Halloween ± The word for the holiday Americans celebrate with such enthusiasm on October 31 derives from ³Hallowed Evening. . It comes from a word meaning ³east´ and originally meant positioning something in relation to the east. not /hol-lo-ween/. not /illi-noiz/ or /ar-kan-sas/). this is one that cries out to retain a long ³e´ sound and a /SH/ sound for the che. 31. The pronunciation /jewl-ry/ is common but not correct. Mischievous has three syllables with the accent on the first syllable: /MIS-CHI-VUS/. orient ± This word has three syllables. Don¶t say /mischee-vee-us/. Say /MIN-I-A-TURE/.´) Say /HAY-NUS/. heinous ± People unfamiliar with the TV show Law and Order: S. as it removes one syllable from the word. medieval ± The word has four syllables. 26.´ Notice the a in the first syllable and say /HAL-O-WEEN/. library ± Notice where the R comes in the word. Say /IL-I-NOY/ (and /Ar-kan-saw/.´ The word ³hallow´ comes from Old English halig. a musical term meaning ³loud. 23. As a verb it means to place something in its proper position in relation to something else. 28. jewelry ± The word has three syllables. height ± The word ends in a /T/ sound.´ is pronounced with one syllable: /FORT/.´ is pronounced with two syllables: /FOR-TAY/.U. Now it is used with a more general meaning. The French word. 22. The pronunciation /ar-kan-zuz/ is waaay off base. not /in-ter-pre-tate/. 30. Say /NEESH/. Don¶t add one! Say /IN-TER-PRET/. forte ± English has two words spelled this way. an adjective meaning ³strength´ or ³strong point. 27. hierarchy ± The word has four syllables. not /nitch/. not /heen-i-us/.´ meaning ³evening that has been made holy. not /min-a-ture/. Say /LI-BRAR-Y/.´ Don¶t say ³incidence´ when you mean a specific event.V. Mischievous ± This is the adjective form of mischief whose meaning is ³calamity´ or ³harm. Say /OR-I-ENT/. not /old-fashion/. 34. Say /HITE/. There IS a word ³incidence. One comes from Italian and the other from French. not /or-i-en-tate/.21. ³irregardless´ ± See the real word. not /meed-eval/. Say /HI -ER-AR-KY. miniature ± The word has four syllables.´ but it has a different meaning. sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous.´ Mischievous is now associated with harmless fun so that the expression ³malicious mischief´ has been coined as another term for vandalism. not /li-ber-ry/. The first E may be pronounced either short [med] or long [meed]./ not /hi-ar-ky/. Say /MED-EE-EEVAL/ or /MEE-DEE-EEVAL/. 32. Say /OLDFASHIOND/. 29.
Don¶t confuse picture with pitcher. 46. 47. When speaking of the gland. Say /VEE-IKL/.´ Don¶t say /TRAKT/ when you mean /TRAK/. preventive ± The word has three syllables. As with prescription (below).38. not /per. Say /PRE-CIP-I-TA-TION/. 41. not /re-a-la-tor/. not /spay-ded/. the prefix is PRE-. vehicle ± Although there is an H in the word. not /per-cip±i-ta-tion/. Like the verb drown(above) the verb spay does not have a D in its infinitive form. 40. spayed ± This is a one-syllable word. 51. not /win-ter-y/. Say /RE-AL-TOR/. Don¶t add one to the past participle. not /pitch-er/. 48. 39. regardless ± The word has three syllables. Pitcher is a different word. 50. not /preven-ta-tive. Say /TIK-LISH/. picture ± There¶s a K sound in picture. precipitation ± This is a noun that refers to rain or snow.´ That¶s one kind of ³tract.´ Then there¶s the word ³track. Say /SHER-BET/ not /sher-bert/. 49.´ Animals leave ³tracks.´ Athletes run on ³tracks. It comes from the verb pronounce. not /vee-Hikl/. Say PRE-VEN-TIVE/. not /pro-nounce-i-a-tion/. meaning to remove the ovaries from an animal. to pronounce it is to sound hicky. Realtor ± The word has three syllables. tract ± Religious evangelists often hand out long printed statements of belief called ³tracts. 45. Say /PIK-TURE/. ticklish ± The word has two syllables. 44. A pitcher is a serving vessel with a handle. and vice-versa. prostate ± This word for a male gland is often mispronounced. There is an adjective prostrate which means to be stretched out facedown on the ground.in this word. the past participle form of the verbto spay.scrip-tion/ or /pro-scrip-tion/. BUT it is not pronounced like the verb. sherbet ± The word has only one r in it. even by the weather person. wintry ± Here¶s another weather word often mispronounced. or anything else that normally falls from the sky. .´ Houses are built on ³tracts. pronunciation ± This word is a noun. not /tik-i-lish/. The word has two syllables. say /PROS-TATE/. however. not /pros-trate/. Say /WIN-TRY/. 42. Say /PRE-SCRIP-TION/. A common fault is to add a syllable. Say /SPADE/. prescription ± Note the prefix PRE. Please don¶t add an IR to make it into the abomination ³irregardless´. Say /PRO-NUN-CI-A-TION/. 43.
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