I came across this article about common misspoken or mispronounced words the other day in GrammarBook.com.
The first thing that struck me about it was the suggestion that the word “forte” to mean strength or area that one excels at, should be pronounced fort, not for-tay. I always thought it was for-tay and have never heard it pronounced any other way. I did not even know there was a debate about how that word should be pronounced. So, that was enlightening for me. However, the article does suggest that for-tay is an acceptable alternative pronunciation. I am glad to hear that because I feel more comfortable with that pronunciation. If I hear the word “fort” I would think that the person is referring to the military structure, not one’s personal strengths.
The list of other commonly misspoken or mispronounced words is also interesting. It’s a good list and it got me thinking about what words I would add to it. One of my personal pet peeves is when someone uses the word “supposably” instead of “supposedly”.” I hear this often from people in my area, so I would add that word to the list. I don’t know if this is a regional thing or not because I never heard this where I grew up in New York. Do you agree with this list? What word or phrase would you add, if any?
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