11 Words That Native Speakers Disagree On

There are a lot of words out there that might be confusing to new English learners. You might not know what the correct or proper way to pronounce them is, or you might have heard more than one variation. Did you know that there are some words that even native speakers can’t agree on how to pronounce?

How Can Americans Disagree on a Word?

Regional dialects and the enormous size of our country is a huge factor. North to South, East to West, our accents vary, the intonation we use in our words and phrases changes, and some words might mean something else on another side of the U.S. Nevertheless, each way is correct!

Why Do Different Pronunciations Exist?

Because the United States is such a large country, we are also heavily populated. And because we each have such diverse ancestry, almost every culture in the world has influenced our language in one way or another, whether it be words we borrow, or different way we pronounce them.

For example, you would be more likely to hear words that come from Spanish pronounced a certain way on the West Coast or in the Southwestern states, or you might hear words that came from French pronounced one way in the South or Northeast, but differently in the Midwest. We already know that many words are pronounced differently in the United States than in the United Kingdom, for instance, but even amongst ourselves we often cannot agree!

What Are Some Words That Natives Disagree On?

  1. Mayonnaise
  2. Caramel
  3. Crayons
  4. Jewelry
  5. Realtor
  6. Insurance
  7. Almond
  8. Aunt
  9. Mischievous
  10. Gif
  11. Gyro

Click below to hear how Gabby pronounces all the different variations of these words!


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