Spelling and Pronunciation

Correctly spell these words based on their pronunciation.
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Last updated: October 12, 2016
First submittedJanuary 5, 2015
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Pronunciation
Word
Flem
Phlegm
Sham pain
Champagne
Keen wah
Quinoa
Urb
Herb
Ree ceet
Receipt
Shall ay
Chalet
Plack
Plaque
Pronunciation
Word
Rah pore
Rapport
Fur low
Furlough
Fa hee ta
Fajita
Pear a dime
Paradigm
Cash ay
Cachet
Ahn wee
Ennui
Po pore ee
Potpourri
Pronunciation
Word
Ron day voo
Rendezvous
Hay nuss
Heinous
Air oo dite
Erudite
Die us
Dais
Huts puh
Chutzpah
Ay dill vice
Edelweiss
Cocks un
Coxswain
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Level 50
Jan 11, 2015
Some of these words I've never even heard of. I was a little disappointed with my 13/21.
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Level 46
Apr 7, 2017
I got 5/21 so don't feel too bad.
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Level 27
May 29, 2017
I got 0 of 21. I am quite embarrassed.
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Level 35
May 29, 2017
Agreed. I struggled to figure out what words they were; probably because I have a limited vocabulary. Also, My French class helped me with a couple. :)
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Level 35
May 30, 2018
Don't worry. I got a big fat zero on this quiz.
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Level 43
Jan 20, 2021
19/21 but I knew most of the words.
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Level 83
Feb 12, 2015
I never realized dais had this pronunciation as an alternate to day us. That takes care of my learn-one-thing-a-day requirement.
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Level 70
Feb 12, 2015
Dais isn't pronounced "die-us", it's pronounce "day-us" by most people. And in Britain you pronounce the H in herb.
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Level 82
Feb 12, 2015
Sorry. Cheque a dictionary, "dei-us" is even listed first as a pronunciation. (Maybe because of it being alphabetical?)
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Level 82
Feb 12, 2015
I blame being sick on writing "cheque". I ment "check" of course.
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Level 57
Feb 12, 2015
dei-us isn't the what he used in the quiz. In the quiz, it DIE-us. Totally different.
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Level 82
Feb 13, 2015
Sorry Symmetric, "die-us" of course, can't believe I typoed "ie" vs "ei", it's one my my all time pet peeves that people can't spell those right!
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Level 66
Feb 14, 2015
Uh...you can hear the correct pronunciation here. It's pronounced like day-us, not die-us. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dais
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Level 72
Oct 18, 2016
And you meant "meant" :)
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Level 71
Nov 26, 2019
I believe 'cheque' is the archaic spelling for 'check' ;)
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Level 71
Nov 26, 2019
And according to the Oxford Dictionary of English, the IPA for dais is either /deɪɪs/ (day-us) or /deɪs/ (day-s).
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Level 67
Jan 19, 2021
"I believe 'cheque' is the archaic spelling for 'check'"

Um... no, check is the incorrect spelling for cheque

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Level 69
Jan 19, 2021
@Pharley - No, it's really not. British English uses "cheque" when talking about the printed form one uses instead of money to make payments from one's bank account, but it uses "check" in basically all other contexts, such as the verb "to check."

So even if you believe that American English is "wrong" (it's not, it's just different), "check" is still the correct spelling to use when saying "check a dictionary."

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Level 28
Oct 31, 2017
Exqueese me there are different types of English.

Examples = Canadian English, American English etc.

So there are multiple ways to say words in English.

ARGUMENT IS OVER

Period.

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Level 44
Jan 17, 2018
But I don't know of any regional accent which pronounces it "die-us". I can't just say that horse is pronounced the same as fish because "There are multiple ways to say words, argument over, PERIOD"
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Level 49
Aug 29, 2018
Actually DapperAlpaca, as far as I know, 24 million odd Australians pronounce it "die us"
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Level 82
Nov 26, 2019
Why should we listen to odd Australians?
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Level 48
Jan 19, 2021
"Period"? Yuck

I think you mean "full stop"

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Level 39
Feb 12, 2015
Why not also allow cache? As in clear your cache.
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Level 58
Nov 13, 2018
Pretty sure that's normally pronounced "caysh".
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Level 71
Nov 26, 2019
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English it's pronounced /kaʃ/ (kash).
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Level 55
Feb 12, 2015
for Keen Wa it sounds rather like 'chinois'. I would pronounce it "kin ower"
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Level 72
Feb 12, 2015
Why do Americans drop the 'h' in 'herb'? Always confused me, that one.

(While I'm at it, I also never understood why they pronounce 'Craig' as 'Cregg', and 'Graham' as 'Gram')

"I'd better take my umbrella, because outside my ouse it's renning." :P

Nice people. Weeeeeird pronunciation ;-)

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Level 51
Feb 12, 2015
How else would one pronounce Graham?
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Level 44
May 16, 2015
Another American pronunciation of a name that I don't understand is Gerard; here it's said Ger- ad but over the pond it's Gerr-Ard, with emphasis on the Ard, like the surname Gerrard. I've read that Gerard Butler hates it so much that in the US he refers to himself as Gerry instead.
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Level 73
Mar 1, 2016
Same as Maurice (pronounced Morris), Caramel (not pronounced Carmel), Mirror (Mirr?)...The pronunciation of herb in the US annoys me too, but then Brits tend to pronounce Anthony as Antony

There's no consistency

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Level 78
May 29, 2017
I'm in the US mid-south and I say Gray'-um, not Gram. Pronunciations vary among cultures and ethnic groups, too. I pronounce Jarrell and Terrell as Jair'-ul and Tair'-ul, but my African-American friends pronounce them as Juh-rell' and Tuh-rell'. The Spanish pronunciation of Juanita is Wahn-eet'-uh, but around here the name is often pronounced Juh-nee'-tah. The two that really get me are Jordan and Yvonne. I say Jore'-dun, but relatives in the Deep South pronounce it Jur'-dun. I say Yiv'-ahn but relatives in AR say Wye'-vahn, and relatives in Michigan say Ee'-vahn. So don't complain about US pronunciations unless you complain about a specific person's because chances are the person next to him says it differently.
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Level 69
Jan 17, 2018
grantdon - All of those words are pronounced differently in different areas of the US. For instance, I'm from the mid-Atlantic East Coast of the US, and I pronounce them more-EES, CARE-uh-mel, and MEER-or, respectively. Some other areas pronounce them the way you describe (the "caramel" one is particularly contentious), but yeah, as far as I know most of the US uses "herb" with a silent "H." And to us, it sounds weird to hear the "H" pronounced because to us that turns it into a man's name rather than a culinary item.

And hey, it's not like the British don't have plenty of words they pronounce with a silent "H" at the beginning as well, unless you plug the sound in at the beginning of "hour," "honour," and "honest."

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Level 46
Dec 17, 2015
Americans actually do pronounce the h in house, albeit a few weird accents in the far reaches of the country, and we pronounce 'rain' the same way we pronounce 'rein.'
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Level 60
Oct 16, 2016
Dropping the h comes from French usage. As in the way some English people regard "an 'otel" as correct rather than "a hotel". There seems to be a belief that French usage is "posher".
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Level 70
May 30, 2017
"An hotel" is correct, just as "an historic opportunity" would be correct. A word beginning with aspirated (pronounced) H and the stress not on the first syllable can take "a" or "an"; both are correct. So "a hotline" and "a horseman" but either "a hotel" or "an hotel", either "a historic opportunity" or "an historic opportunity"... but if you said "an history book" it would be wrong. English are weird.
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Level 37
Jun 21, 2018
Actually, I believe that in French is would l'hotel (pronounced l'otel)
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Level 52
Oct 22, 2018
a / an is an INdefinite article, in French it is un or une....the is a definite article, in French it is le, la or l', so, divantilya, you are incorrect
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2019
There are several words that accidentally got changed, because they thought the word preceding it was part of it ( or sometimes it was and they thought it wasnt. This happened with words from other languages, but also within english itself.

For example, apron really used to be napron. "A napron" got wrongly understood as "an apron" And the word alcohol has incorporated the article "al" into the word.

Not relevant for this quiz but still interesting and relevant to the previous point is when things got pluralised more than once. Where the plural was taken to be the singular form. One that might be forming currently is with dice, many people think dice is also the word for a single die (which is the actual singular). They say "throw the dice" when only referring to one. Like the singular and plural of deer is deer.

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Level 69
Jan 17, 2018
What Americans drop the "h" in "house"? To my American ears, that makes it sound like someone putting on a cockney accent.
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Level 65
Jan 19, 2021
Searching for logic in language is like Diogenes scouring Athens in search of an honest man.
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Level 39
Feb 12, 2015
Ouch, haven't heard of a lot of those last words.

15 correct

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Level 75
Feb 12, 2015
Good quiz. Got stuck on On Wee thinking it could be ornery because that's how a child would probably say it. Did eventually get ennui though.
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2019
I first thought inuit. Then re-pronounced it in english and remembered that is not really how they pronounce it.

Also tried shellac for shall ay, and deus and dice for die us, (I think dice should be accepted actuallly) and coaxing for cocks un. All very close.

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Level 41
Feb 12, 2015
I read about Quinoa before I heard it pronounced. I asked in the health food store if they had any QUIN-OH-A, pronouncing it just like it looks on the page. It took a while to sort out - these little things are all fun.
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Level 27
Feb 13, 2015
I had never heard of quinoa (and my computer's spell-check doesn't recognize it), and I have only seen ennui and dais written, at least to the best of my knowledge. So I guess I don't need to be too ashamed I missed those three. Decent quiz!
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Level 72
Jun 11, 2016
Quinoa is technically a seed, but you cook and eat it like a grain. It has a bit of a nutty flavor, is happily un-mushy, and holds up well with veggies and dressing for a cold side-dish salad, or as part of many great hot entree recipes. In our house, we just do it up in our rice cooker (works perfectly!) as a side dish – it goes well with anything you would have chosen rice to accompany. Try it! You'll like it!

P.S. Note my username! ;-)

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Level 81
Feb 13, 2015
To make the point that English spelling is screwed up my Phonetics professor in college wrote the word "ghoti" on the board and asked us to try and say it. After we all failed he revealed that the word was "fish." He spelled it using the "gh" from "enough," the "o" from "women," and the "ti" from "nation." Then we started our lesson on IPA.
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Level 82
Feb 13, 2015
IPA <3
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Level 70
Oct 20, 2015
Come on Kalbahamut, that is such an old joke!
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Level 78
May 29, 2017
But still works as a great lesson. :)
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Level 44
Jan 17, 2018
But it would be pronounced "fosh" then
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Level 54
Jan 31, 2018
Women = 'wih-min'.
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Level 52
Oct 12, 2018
George Bernard Shaw, i believe
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Level 35
Feb 16, 2015
I can't make out what half of these words are supposed to say written like this.
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Level 53
Feb 19, 2015
I'm thanking Divergent for erudite :')
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Level 39
May 9, 2018
Yeah, me too. Coincidentally, I just finished that book today. Loved it.
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Level 86
Feb 27, 2015
This probably makes me kind of an idiot, but I was so convinced that it was spelled caché, that I actually went off-site to copy-paste it with the accented e, imagining that it might actually matter.
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Level 32
Mar 21, 2015
This quiz is very difficult for me because I'm French. I don't know all these words.

English's pronunciation of French words is amusing.

I hope my message is understandable because my English is not very well.

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Level 70
Oct 20, 2015
I wish I could speak French as well as you do English.
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Level 70
May 30, 2017
Les anglophones empruntent des mots au français, les mâchent avec leurs gros dents, et les crachent tout à fait méconnaissables aux francophones. :)
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Level 44
Jan 17, 2018
Is big teeth an insult or compliment?
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Level 70
Apr 8, 2015
Why not just use IPA to describe the pronunciation? It would take away any ambiguity and make it much simpler for everyone.
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Level 26
Sep 29, 2015
are you serious? herb is not pronounced "urb".
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Level 77
Oct 4, 2015
Unless the quiz was set by a Jamaican, as in de... :)
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2019
I imagined a french person trying to speak english. " 'ere ve 'ave zee 'erbs"
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Level 69
Jan 19, 2021
That's how it's pronounced in the US.
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Level 70
Oct 20, 2015
Not great, the hints are pretty bad, I think it is maybe too difficult to write phonetic sounds that will suit all people taking the quiz. When making a quiz give it a friend or relative first and see how they go before throwing it in at the deep end.
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Level 72
Oct 18, 2016
Herb is not alone. There is hour, honest, heir, honor and I'm sure, a few others.
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Level 48
Dec 11, 2016
Hmm... Excuse me, but I do believe I've learned from Mr. Walken's character that the accurate pronunciation is "shom pon ya" ;P
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Level 70
May 30, 2017
And I learned from Ms. Lumley's character that it's pronounced "champers".
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Level 26
Apr 5, 2017
Most of this quiz is working out what it's supposed to be pronounced as. Also say "Urb" is only an American thing
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Level 62
May 29, 2017
Stupid Normans spreading their ridiculous French spellings that make no sense in a Germanic language!
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Level 56
May 29, 2017
En-wee or On-wee, but NOT ahn-wee.
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Level 72
May 29, 2017
Yup.
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Level 70
May 30, 2017
No, "ahn-wee" is correct. "enn-wee" and "ohn-wee" are incorrect.
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Level 48
Jan 19, 2021
I'm not sure about "en-wee", but "on-wee" is definitely the one.
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Level 73
Jan 19, 2021
On-wee and ahn-wee sound virtually identical in my accent...
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Level 56
May 29, 2017
It's an honour to not get all of these - because it proves I don't speak the language 'stupid.'
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Level 64
May 29, 2017
Re: the Chutzpah one - my first thought was Hotspur, like the football club :)
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Level 72
May 29, 2017
I was just about to say that.
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Level 78
May 29, 2017
I remember taking this quiz before which probably explains how I managed to get them all with 4:51 left. Still a great quiz.
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Level 54
May 29, 2017
Who pronounces herb like urb????? you must be dizzy as
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Level 69
Jan 17, 2018
Who else? The Americans!
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Level 62
May 29, 2017
Since many are actually French words, as a native speaker they were easy for me. I missed only 2 words and they were words I've never heard before, so not bad.
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Level 61
May 29, 2017
21/21 with 2:48 left and I'm a slow typist. :-)
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Level 67
May 29, 2017
Got em all with 4:24 left! (I must revel in my few first-time 100-percent victories when I can. :) )
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Level 74
May 30, 2017
I understand. 21/21 with 5:05 remaining here...
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Level 69
May 29, 2017
Kept trying wrapper & rapper but wouldn't work
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Level 55
May 30, 2017
Really shows how different American and UK pronunciations are. Isn't phonology cool?
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Level 61
May 31, 2017
This quiz was fun if a little too easy. Could someone please make more of them?
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Level 46
Jul 8, 2017
I personally pronounce Quinoa as Keen-oh-ah. For my misfortune I have no idea on what Dais and Ennui are, and never imagined the existence of a coxswain. Oh well, good quiz though.
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Level 15
Jan 15, 2018
5:26 left nailed it :)
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Level 41
Jan 31, 2018
Fun quiz!
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Level 32
Mar 13, 2018
I don't think urb was remotely fair.
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Level 35
Mar 13, 2018
I would accept cockswain as a spelling of coxswain.
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Level 73
May 9, 2018
A lot of these completely bamboozled me, but now I see the answers I realise it's a guide to how those words are pronounced in an American accent.
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Level 37
Jun 21, 2018
Missed coxswain because I always mispronounce it as cock SWAIN!
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Level 56
Jul 12, 2018
ander217. I agree with your comment, I consider it to be the same in UK, it depends where you are! every region has its quirks. Having said that, I think we all say Graham! To my ears it is Gray ham. I did not even realise that gram crackers where the same thing! I thought it was a grain or flour!
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Level 78
Aug 8, 2018
I was tempted to put 'anus' but realised there was 'h' there.
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Level 53
Nov 17, 2018
You should accept "ennoi" as an answer
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Level 71
Nov 26, 2019
But that's an incorrect spelling.
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Level 65
Jun 23, 2019
i missed five words and all of the words i've never heard of before
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2019
This is a joy for a non english speaker (not.. well, it is interesting, but first you would have to figure out how you guys would pronounce what is written here, so it is two quizes at once (and well, you need to have heard of these english term, but that is the case for all other quizzes aswell)

Still only missed 4 though. Really didnt see chalet, and tried chutspah with an s instead of z (and many other variations, it is a tough, one, because yiddish gets "translated" (not really, just altered) differently per country. and the other 3 lowest I hadnt heard of, Ennui rang a bell before I even saw it, and seeing it I think ow yea that was the word in my head, but I have no idea what it is.

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Level 71
Nov 26, 2019
Argh, tried 'potpurri', so close..
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Level 71
Jan 19, 2021
Did the same again...
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Level 71
Nov 26, 2019
It's hard second-guessing an American pronunciation of a French word... ahn wee?
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Level 46
Jan 19, 2020
As a French speaker this is *really* fun.
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Level 49
Jul 26, 2020
Please accept cockswain, I have always seen it written like this, this is the first time I've had to write it, I've never needed it before.

Definitely thought that ennui was aren't we! Never heard an English speaker use it before.

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Level 52
Jan 19, 2021
As many have noted, this is a distinctly American set of pronunciations - might be worth specifying that in the introduction to avoid all the arguments about "urb".

Me, I'm just glad you didn't include the word "buoy", which is probably the only American pronunciation I genuinely can't stand.

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Level 50
Jan 19, 2021
Oh my. If you are not an english native speaker, this is absolutely impossible.
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Level 52
Jan 19, 2021
I wouldn't have got 'herb' if I was here all day. Presumably it is the American pronunciation as surely it is pronounced the same as it is spelt
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Level 69
Jan 19, 2021
It is indeed the American pronunciation! But surely you're not going to imply that British English always pronounces things the way they're spelled/spelt? Do you pronounce the "h" in hour, honest, heir, or honour?
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Level 56
Jan 19, 2021
Surely hay nuss is part of one's anatomy as well as being a character from the Dukes of Hazard !!
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Level 56
Jan 19, 2021
Cox'n should be accepted also!
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Level 56
Jan 19, 2021
I was pleased that I only missed 2 considering that I am Scots and living in France since 1984 !!!
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Level 66
Jan 19, 2021
As the great Eddie Izzard said, Americans say "urb" and we (Brits) say "herb", because there's a f**king "H" at the beginning.

Just a joke, everyone! Brits don't pronounce the "h" at the beginning of honour, honest, etc.

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Level 55
Jan 19, 2021
"Chutzpa" and "hutzpah" are both proper ways to spell the word as well. I know "chutzpah" is the most common spelling, but the others should probably still be accepted.
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Level 48
Jan 19, 2021
"Pear"??

(I love this quiz)

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Level 61
Jan 19, 2021
The talk to type feature really helped me on this one.
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Level 74
Jan 19, 2021
I will never get used to the fact that /e/ becomes 'ay' in English pronunciation.
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Level 49
Jan 19, 2021
I must admit, I, too, have seen and heard "cache" pronounced "Cash ay" on multiple occasions.
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Level 58
Jan 19, 2021
People who say "Huts pah" are saying it the lamest and most milquetoast way. Get that velar fricative in there! Hkhkhkutspah.
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Level 65
Jan 19, 2021
I didn't know Americans were so shy and reclusive - apparently no one here has ever heard one of them speak!

I thought this was a nice little quiz, pretty easy but with a few words that needed a bit of over-the-pond thinking to work out! Good one.

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Level 44
Jan 21, 2021
i got 6/21 and thought i was really dumb, then i realized i never heard half these words
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Level 38
Jan 21, 2021
Who on earth pronounces paradigm with 'pear'?
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Level 46
Jan 21, 2021
I somehow pulled cachet out - even though I was SURE it was cache. I think that should be an accepted answer. But 21/21, I'll take it!!
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Level 36
Jan 22, 2021
the only one i missed was herb because i pronounce the H... laaaaaaaame