Most mispronounced words 2022: Adele, Tua Tagovailoa, Zaporizhzhia, Domhnall Gleeson, negroni sbagliato

BOSTON– “Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa explains the importance of the Chicxulub impact crater to actor Domhnall Gleeson over a drink of Negroni Sbagliato in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia,” is the kind of sentence that could tie your tongue.

It includes five examples from this year’s list of the most commonly mispronounced words released Wednesday by The Captioning Group, which has been captioning and captioning real-time events on television in the United States and Canada since 1991.

The Captioning Group has compiled the list since 2016 by examining the words and names most commonly garbled on live television by news anchors, politicians, public figures and others. The client is Babbel, the online language learning company based in New York and Berlin.

Yes, the list is a little humorous, but it’s also educational and shows how some of the year’s biggest international news events have entered the North American consciousness, said Esteban Touma, senior content producer and language teacher at Babbel.

“It really shows how we interact with other languages ​​and gives a good overview of what’s going on in the world and how we connect with people abroad,” he said.

Don’t be intimidated by hard-to-pronounce words, he said. It’s an opportunity to learn. After all, even professionals sometimes have problems.

“People want to get the pronunciation right, but it’s difficult,” he said.

Just ask Joe Biden.

New British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was infamously dubbed “Rasheed Sanook” by the US President, but he wasn’t the only one to stumble over the name, which was meant to be pronounced REE-shee SOO-nahk.

Then there’s Grammy winner Adele, who informed the world in October that her fans have been mispronouncing her name for years. It’s not “ah-DELL” but “uh-DALE”.

The other words on the list, with phonetic pronunciations from Babbel, were:

– Chicxulub (CHICK-choo-loob) – The crater in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the asteroid that scientists say likely caused the dinosaur extinction was in the news recently.

– Domhnall Gleeson (DOH-null GLEE-sun) – The Irish actor called talk show host Stephen Colbert for mispronouncing his first name.

– Edinburgh (ed-in-BRUH) – American newscasters have been criticized for mispronouncing the Scottish capital during coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s memorial in September.

– Negroni sbagliato (ne-GRO-nee spah-lee-AH-toh) – The alcoholic beverage was introduced to the world by actress Emma D’Arcy, whose social media mention of the drink received more than 14 million views.

– Novak Djokovic (NO-vak JO-kuh-vich) – The Serbian tennis star was in the news in January when he was banned from attending the Australian Open and expelled for failing to comply with national COVID-19 vaccination requirements .

– Ohtani Rule (oh-TAHN-ee) – Named after AL MVP 2021 Shohei Ohtani, the Major League Baseball rule allows a starting pitcher to remain in a game as the designated batsman even after he’s gone off the mound.

– Tuanigamanuolepola (Tua) Tagovailoa (TOO-uh-ning-uh-mah-noo-oh-LEH-po-luh TUNG-o-vai-LOH-uh) – The Miami Dolphins quarterback became the center of discussion about NFL- Concussion logs after injuries in consecutive games.

– Zaporizhzhia (zah-POH-reezha) – The Ukrainian city is the site of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which was shut down in September as the nation’s war with Russia raged in the region.

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Laura Coffey

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