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100 Words to Make You Sound Great


100 Words series

About the Book

How should you pronounce shifty words of French origin, like cadre, forte, and debacle?  And what about those daunting words from Greek, like chimera, machination, and gyro?  Is it so wrong to pronounce nuclear as if it rhymes with molecular

How you pronounce words can make a big difference—and often for the worse.  Most people have painful memories of having their pronunciation corrected at a business meeting or social event, when an effort to make a good impression has backfired.  The newest title in the best-selling series, 100 Words Almost Everyone Mispronounces, presents 100 words that people are most likely to mispronounce, or have more than one way of being pronounced, and answers the question, Which way is the right way?

Here is a complete list of the words in 100 Words Almost Everyone Mispronounces:

acumen

aegis

affluent

almond

antipodes

asphalt

babel

banal

boatswain

cache

cacophony

cadre

Celtic

chaise longue

chiaroscuro

chicanery

chimera

chutzpah

claddagh

coccyx

coitus

comptroller

conch

concupiscence

coup de grâce

covert

cumin

daiquiri

debacle

desuetude

desultory

detritus

Diaspora

divisive

dour

elegiac

epitome

epoch

err

feng shui

flaccid

forbade

forte

geisha

genre

gnocchi

gyro

Halley’s comet

harass

hegemony

hovel

impious

jejune

kiln

kudos

lingerie

loath

long-lived

machination

maraschino

marquis

metastasize

mischievous

moot

mores

Neanderthal

niche

nuclear

oblique

oeuvre

often

pace

pastoral

patina

piña colada

plethora

portentous

potash

primer

processes

puerile

quay

quietus

reprise

respite

ribald

salve

schism

sherbet

sloth

stigmata

strophe

timbre

triathlon

Uranus

victual

viscount

wont

Xhosa

ye



You can hear many of these words pronounced on this podcast.

 

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