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Words we think we know, but can't pronounce: the curse of the avid reader

Do you know how to say apropos? What about awry? We want to know which words you’ve mispronounced – and how you found out your mistake
‘Mispronunciation is often the downfall of people who read widely as children and form the incorrect pronunciation in their mind before actually hearing the word said aloud.’ Photograph: Alamy

When I mispronounced tinnitus (–nuh–tuhs is correct, ti--tis is not) recently and was kindly corrected, my embarrassment was a fraction of when I said a––pow instead of a-pruh-) to a large table of

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