Avoid embarrassment at the doctor’s office
There’s really nothing worse than pronouncing an obvious word incorrectly – especially when you do it in front of someone who’s an authority on the word. The doctor’s office is one of many places where we find ourselves in this sort of situation. Let’s have a quick look at some words that may cause an awkward stumble on our part.
Don’t make joint pain worse with the ‘poor pronunciation grimace’ – take care to emphasize that second syllable!
Although the ‘trophy’ is lurking in there, don’t be misled. The pronunciation is different, and the emphasis actually on the second syllable, take care to emphasize the first syllable ‘a-’ instead.
The first part of this word is what causes mistakes. Make sure to maintain the ‘co’ and ‘ag’ as separate sounds.
Don’t rush through saying this word, or you’ll trip over that ‘g’. Also, remember that the plural of diagnosis is diagnoses.
Watch out for that ‘g’!
Don’t let that ‘y’ throw you off – the second syllable is pronounced as if it were ‘zime’.
Watch out for the ‘ʤ’, that is, the ‘j’ sound, lurking in this middle of this word.
The study of the mechanics of body movements, this word can be pronounced with either an ‘s’ or a ‘z’ sound in the second syllable.
A highly recommended pronunciation battle, there are two widely accepted pronunciations of this word – one treating the ph as an ‘f’ and the other treating it as a ‘p’.
Be careful with those ‘a’s!
A clear candidate for spelling bees, try to remember the phonetic ‘flem’.
Another devious ‘ph-’ beginning, be sure to emphasize the third syllable.
Not so much ‘pneu’ as ‘new’ – don’t be fooled by that ‘p’.
Although it looks similar to words like physiology and physics, remember that ‘s’ is the initial sound of this word.
Although ‘rest’ can indeed be restorative, avoid thinking about it when pronouncing the word. Instead, concentrate on the emphasized second syllable – ‘store’.
Keep in mind that the ‘peu’ in this word sounds like ‘pew’.