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10 phrases and names you (possible) mispronounced in 2021

 

You may have learned the meaning of “cheugy” this year, but do you know how to say it?

The term – which can be used to ridicule unconventional fashions and people – is one of the list of the most mispronounced words in the UK this year.

The study was conducted by the language learning app Babbel and the British Institute of Verbatim Reporters (BIVR), based on words and names that were continually mispronounced by British news presenters, television personalities and on social media in 2021. BIVR experts are trained to process real-time language and events and provide them with subtitles.

It may come as a surprise that the new variant of Covid, Omicron, didn’t make the UK list but was one of the most mispronounced words on American television.

Instead, the Brits battled pop culture moments this year, from Squid Games honeycomb biscuits (“Dalgona”) to the “Wellerman” shanty-song trend.

Have you slipped Here is a list of the most commonly mispronounced words with pronunciations by Senior Linguist Todd Ehresmann:

Cheugy (CHOO-gee)
A Gen Z popular term used to mock an outdated and unfashionable aesthetic typically associated with millennials (sorry, Live Laugh Love fans).

Dalgona (tal-goh-NAH)
A Korean delicacy made from melted sugar and baking soda that became popular after the September release of Netflix’s Squid Game. Pronunciation hint: Some speakers seem to produce a “K” instead of the “G” in the middle syllable.

Dogecoin (DOHJ coin)
The divisive cryptocurrency started out ironically before being popularized by Elon Musk, which caused its value to soar dramatically.

Gina Coladangelo [JEE-nah co-lah-DAN-gelo]
In June, the businesswoman got into a clinch with then Minister of Health Matt Hancock. The consequences of the affair led to the resignation of the health minister amid national outcry.

Giorgio Chiellini [JYOR-jyo kyi-LEE-nee]
Italy’s captain in the 2021 European Football Championship, in which Italy defeated England on penalties in the final on July 11th. Chiellini was involved in a controversial foul late in the game that resulted in a yellow card and caused outrage across the UK.

Nusr-Et [nus-RET]
London’s hottest new restaurant, which opened in October, owned by Nusret Gökçe – aka “Salt Bae” – and widely touted for its high prices.

Shein [SHEE-in]
The Chinese fast fashion company at the center of the viral “Shein Haul” trend, in which the participants record themselves trying on numerous different outfits from the company.

NS [WELL-er-man]
The name of a sailor’s song that went viral on TikTok this January. Many videos showed actors mistakenly pronouncing the ship as a “weather man”.

Keirin [KAY-reen]
A track cycling discipline that confused news anchors at the Tokyo Olympics in July and August this year. Pronunciation hint: KAY-rin is also doable.

Moonlight [MOH-ne-skin]
The Italian representatives and eventual winners of Eurovision 2021, which will take place in May. Her name is the Danish word for “moonlight”. Pronunciation tip: The first syllable is an approximation – the “å” sounds similar to the “or” in “tomorrow”.
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