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    (Original post by Village Whisper)
    ...Seriously?! I thought they were two different places...So glad I've never said that out loud!
    I got it wrong during a game of trivial persuit. I kept saying arkansas (the way it Should be pronounced) and everyone was saying "ive never heard of that", i then preceded to call them idiots and uncultured, until my granny read the card, pronounced it right, everyone mocked me
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    Cheyenne - The first time I heard this pronounced I thought it was an American person pronouncing 'Sian' incorrectly.
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    (Original post by TheDubs)
    I got it wrong during a game of trivial persuit. I kept saying arkansas (the way it Should be pronounced) and everyone was saying "ive never heard of that", i then preceded to call them idiots and uncultured, until my granny read the card, pronounced it right, everyone mocked me
    Haha, oh dear! I probably would have been the same. I still can't believe it's pronounced like that...I've been reading it wrong for years


    (Original post by Dagnabbit)
    Cheyenne - The first time I heard this pronounced I thought it was an American person pronouncing 'Sian' incorrectly.
    I'm gonna have a guess and say "Shay-enn"?
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    (Original post by Mequa)
    And in the movie "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" they pronounced "Socrates" as "Sah-cratez."
    Playing Articulate a while back and my friend (probably about 15/6 at the time) was trying to describe the person on her card to me.
    Her: "The first bit is the first bit of my name" (Sophie)
    Me: "So"
    Her: "Yeah, the second bit is like what milk comes in" (She meant crate)

    Time ran out before I could guess and after I asked her what it was and she replied "So-crates"
    ....
    I nearly wet myself when I realised she meant Socrates, I had no chance of getting the right answer!!
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    bronagh

    i pronounced it bro-nag

    but it's like bro-nuh
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    (Original post by TheDubs)
    Arkansas. Its actually Ark-in-saw, what the hell america?!
    Try getting an American to pronounce "Gloucestershire". Usually it comes out as "Glauwz-ester-shiyer".
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    A guy I know's girlfriend is called Siobhan and a few of his friends had been calling her See-oh-ban
    They call her seabiscuit now (I don't know why?)
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    (Original post by Mequa)
    Try getting an American to pronounce "Gloucestershire". Usually it comes out as "Glauwz-ester-shiyer".
    Try getting anyone non-British to pronounce "Loughborough"

    American attempt(s): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv4vRbwSlBI

    And then there's the classic Australian "Looga-bu-rooga"...
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    If I saw the name Niamh written down I thought it was pronounced Niama and not like Nieve.
    Eoghan I didn't know that was the irish spelling for Owen .
    and Yvette.
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    (Original post by Mysteriouschic)
    If I saw the name Niamh written down I thought it was pronounced Niama and not like Nieve.
    Eoghan I didn't know that was the irish spelling for Owen .
    and Yvette.
    I still get called Niama D:!

    Aoife - eefa
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    Okay, so it's not a PERSON'S name, and it's intentional as opposed to misinterpreted/mispronounced, but I always refer to Bahlsen's "Choco Liebniz" biscuits as "Choco Lesbians".
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    (Original post by Village Whisper)
    I'm gonna have a guess and say "Shay-enn"?
    It's pronounced 'shy ANNE' (stress on 2nd). It's Native American I think. :confused:
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    My name's Magdalena
    People keep pronouncing it Magda-lee-na, when actually it's Magda-le-na (le as in leg). It used to annoy me very much, so now I use my nick name (Magda) rather than a full name
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    Sian, Sean, Anthony, Deriek
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    (Original post by Village Whisper)
    Try getting anyone non-British to pronounce "Loughborough"

    American attempt(s): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv4vRbwSlBI

    And then there's the classic Australian "Looga-bu-rooga"...
    There's an area in Edinburgh called Sciennes, pronounced "sheens". A tourist at a bus stop asked me which bus to take to get to "skinnis" and I told him I'd never heard of it, I only worked it out later

    Still not as funny as the American who asked my boyfriend for directions to "ly-ses-ter square" :teehee:
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    I thought Sci-fi was was Sky-fi until about 15.
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    I used to teach a girl called Angharad, which everyone pronounced Ann-harrad. Years later, I discover that her name was actually pronounced Ang-a-rad and she was just too shy to correct us all... poor kid!
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    When I was in primary, I'd address my friend, Sophia, as "soph-I-a". Until a very short time before she moved away, she finally caved and told me it was in fact pronounced "soph-ee-a".

    To this day, I can never quite get the D and J in "Mahmoud Ahmedinejad" the correct way around, and I change my pronunciation of "Phnom Penh" about five times daily.

    Another is the country adjacent to Vietnam, Laos. I always pronounced it "lay-os" until my brother pointed out that it's pronounced "louse". I also used to say Suriname as "surname" with an extra I, Kyrgyzstan "cargizistan", and Addis Ababa with the stress on the "bab".
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    (Original post by Lenina)
    When I was in primary, I'd address my friend, Sophia, as "soph-I-a". Until a very short time before she moved away, she finally caved and told me it was in fact pronounced "soph-ee-a".

    To this day, I can never quite get the D and J in "Mahmoud Ahmedinejad" the correct way around, and I change my pronunciation of "Phnom Penh" about five times daily.

    Another is the country adjacent to Vietnam, Laos. I always pronounced it "lay-os" until my brother pointed out that it's pronounced "louse". I also used to say Suriname as "surname" with an extra I, Kyrgyzstan "cargizistan", and Addis Ababa with the stress on the "bab".
    I still say Layos, Louse creeps me out as it makes me think of head lice
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    Most people mispronounce 'Dylan' - its 'Duh-lahn', not 'Dillon' ...

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