How many of you have had the experience of seeing a word in print, forming an opinion of how it would be pronounced, and then having that opinion blasted to pieces?
My latest epiphany, if one can call it that, was with the word “clerestory”. I had read that quite a number of times, and decided it was pronounced klerr-ehs-tory, with the emphasis on the second last syllable. Imagine my surprise when, while watching Kevin McCloud on Grand Designs, I heard the word drop from his lips. But, he what he said sounded more like clear-story. Surely he was wrong? 🙂 It couldn’t be me, could it?
So, I found an amazing website that gives an audible pronunciation of words, and darned if Kevin wasn’t right!
So, now it’s your turn. What words surprised you, when you finally heard them spoken?
And, here’s that website: http://www.howjsay.com/