Sometimes we think we are pronouncing the word correctly; but, we are adding extra syllables or pronouncing a letter incorrectly. This can create a new word or, sometimes, it just creates a nonsense word.
When we do mispronounce words, people may be able to know what we are saying based on how we use the word in context. However, sometimes the listener may not understand what we're saying.
There are many words that are mispronounced. Check out the article "100 Most Often Mispronounced Phrases in English" and see how many of these words you are mispronouncing.
Accrossed - no such word
Across (adverb) - on the other side
Across (preposition) - from one side to the other
Athelete - no such word
Athlete (noun) - a person who plays sports
Expresso - no such word
Espresso (noun) - type of coffee that is brewed with steam using a special machine
Heighth (noun) - Old English form of height
Height (noun) - the distance from the bottom to the top
Mannaise - no such word
Mayonnaise (noun) - a condiment made of egg yolk, oil, vinegar and seasoning
Perscription - no such word
Prescription (noun) - a written order to do something or the act of making such an order
Pronounciation - a common misspelling of pronunciation
Pronunciation (noun) - how you say a word
Realator - no such word
Realtor (noun) professional real estate broker or agent who helps buys and sellers to purchase and sell houses or buildings
Wondering what other words you pronounce wrong? Check out the article "100 Most Often Mispronounced Phrases in English" and get started on better, clearer conversations.