Pronunciation Tips: 11 Words You Should Know How to Say

By March 18, 2014 July 29th, 2016 Industry Perspective


Mispronunciations are not only embarrassing, but could be hazardous to your career. Making one such flub in the middle of an important business meeting or client call is akin to an egregious typo, misspelling, or grammar error in written communication. And in reality, these types of mistakes—written or oral—could mean the difference between landing and losing a deal.

For this reason, we have compiled a list of 11 words you should know how to properly pronounce. Read on for a breakdown of the dialectical dos and don’ts of enunciation.

  1. Anyway. You may feel tempted to add an “s” to the end of this word, transforming it into “anyways.” Don’t do this. The word anyway is perfect just the way it is.
  2. Asterisk. In contrast with the previous word, the second “s” in the word “asterisk” is commonly left out. The correct pronunciation incorporates all 8 letters.
  3. Cache. Although from French origin, this word does not end in a fancy flourish. Pronounce it exactly like something you might keep a cache of: cash!
  4. Comptroller. This one is visually deceiving. Although it looks otherwise, “comptroller” is pronounced exactly like the video game necessity: “controller.” 
  5. Especially. If you pronounce this word with an “x” in place of an “s,” stop it immediately. “Especially” is pronounced just like it is spelled.
  6. February. Assuming that you are like most people, you probably leave out the first “r” when saying this word. But if we’re going by the book, it should be pronounced.
  7. Height. It’s easy to get confused on this one, especially when it is used in conjunction with “width.” Don’t get their endings mixed up. This word ends with a hard “t.” 
  8. Nuclear. Notice how there is no “u” in between the “c” and the “l?” Lets keep it that way! The word is “nuclear,” not “nucular.”
  9. Regardless. Avoid adding the prefix “ir-” to this word at all costs, the suffix “-less” already denotes the meaning “without regard” so it is unnecessary!
  10. Supposedly. Be careful not to get your “b”s and “d”s mixed up when pronouncing this one. The word is “supposedly,” not “supposably.”
  11. Verbiage. Even though it sounds a little funky, the “i” in this word is not silent. All three syllables should be pronounced.

Now that you’re a professional in the field of pronunciation, take your education to the next level by reading up on the not so strict rules of grammar. Make sure to tell us about your pronunciation fixation below!


About Grace Williams

As a vice president with a background in innovative content creation, Grace oversees the planning and implementation of creative media relations strategy on B2B client accounts. Through strategic relationship building and targeted outreach, Grace has led her team to secure consistent coverage for SaaS clients in both trade publications and top tier media outlets. The proud owner of a SoBro bungalow, Grace can usually be found at Lowes, gearing up for her next project (or at Starbucks, fueling up with caffeine instead).

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