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Here Are 79 Words You’ve Been Saying Wrong the Whole Time

Do you get frustrated when people say “ex cetera” when they should be saying “et cetera,” or “mis-pro-nounce-i-a-tion” rather than “mis-pro-nunce-i-a-tion?” How about the the travesty of saying “supposably” instead of saying “supposedly?” Well don’t get too worked up, because there might be words you’re saying incorrectly, too!

Thankfully, John Green took to mental floss to clear up some of the most commonly mispronounced words in the English language — along with a few of those words that we “borrowed” from other languages. (Note: Regarding the word “irregardless”: it is included in some dictionaries — but like John, most consider it slang and suggest you use “regardless.”)

Watch the entertaining and educational video below to see how many words you may be pronouncing incorrectly. You may just find that you have some atoning to do, too!

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.