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Popular Brand Names That You Might Be Pronouncing Incorrectly
By Mikelle Leow, 07 Mar 2019
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Now that you’ve discovered the actual ways to pronounce “IKEA” and “GIF,” you might be all ready to pepper your conversations with international brand names, right? Perhaps not.
Recently, Distractify put together a list of words that people might have been butchering throughout their lives. These include “bokeh,” adidas, Hyundai, and Nutella—and their actual pronunciations might surprise you.
Think you know these names so well, you can read them backwards? Think again. Prevent future gaffes by finding out how some popular brand names are supposed to be read, and check out more here.
It’s not: “HUN-day” or “high-UUN-digh.”
It’s pronounced: “HYUN-day.” According to the BBC, it’s read as “-hy as in Hugh, -u as in bun, -ay as in day.”
It’s not: “BAY-er.”
It’s pronounced: “BUY-er,” which is how the Germans say it.
It’s not: “NUT-tell-uh.”
It’s pronounced: “NEW-tell-uh,” according to the Nutella USA website, though the hazelnut spread’s maker, Ferrero, refuses to impose an international pronunciation.
It’s not: “Miley” or “meal.”
It’s pronounced: “MEE-LUH,” in the same way you read Mila Kunis’ first name.
It’s not: “BALL-MAIN.”
It’s pronounced: “Bahl-mahn,” with an almost silent “n.”
It’s not: “uh-DEE-duhs.”
It’s pronounced: “AH-dee-DAS.”
It’s not: “mo-SHEE-no” or “moss-CHEE-no.”
It’s pronounced: “mo-SKI-no,” as “ch” is read as a hard “k” in Italian.
For more commonly mispronounced words, head over here.
[via Distractify, videos and images via various sources]
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