Do you place your flowers in a “vhas” or a “vace”? Do you sit down to relax on a “chase lounge” or a “shays lounge”?
Believe it or not, how you pronounce these words may affect others’ perception of you!
The following infographic is based on a survey of over 1,000 people on how they pronounce some of the most divisive words in the English language. The participants were then asked what they think of those who say them each way. The results may surprise you! (And wow, I didn’t know there was even a different way of pronouncing “roof”!)
Via Mental Floss.
Interesting study there.
Another example I was always curious about is the word advertisement. I’ve always pronounced this word as “ad-ver-TIZE-ment” while I heard many others say it as “ad-VER-tiss-ment.” From what I understand, both methods of pronunciation of this word are correct, though I don’t know which version is considered to be more popular.