A recent study has revealed the top 25 words that Brits commonly mispronounce, with “quinoa” leading the list. The survey, conducted by SWNS Digital, shed light on the linguistic challenges faced by many individuals in the UK.
The study, which polled a large sample of participants, discovered that a staggering 82 percent of respondents struggle with the correct pronunciation of “quinoa,” a popular grain often used in healthy recipes. The mispronunciation of this word is often a source of amusement and confusion.
Other words that made the list include “gyro,” “gnocchi,” and “sriracha,” all of which pose difficulties for British speakers. The survey revealed that 76 percent of participants have mispronounced “gyro,” a Greek dish consisting of roasted meat wrapped in a pita. Similarly, 71 percent struggle with the correct pronunciation of “gnocchi,” an Italian potato dumpling dish.
The spicy chili sauce “sriracha” also stumps many Brits, with 66 percent mispronouncing the word. Other commonly mispronounced words in the list include “quinoa,” “bruschetta,” “pho,” and “quesadilla.”
Interestingly, the study found that mispronunciations often occur due to unfamiliarity with foreign words or their unique pronunciations. In some cases, individuals rely on their intuition, resulting in mispronunciations that can be quite different from the correct way to say the word.
Mispronouncing words can be both embarrassing and comical, but it is important to note that language learning and cultural understanding are ongoing processes. Being aware of these mispronunciations can help individuals improve their language skills and foster better cross-cultural communication.
Here is the list of the top 25 words commonly mispronounced by Brits: