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Gal Gadot, Weinstein, coulrophobia most mispronounced words of 2017

Gal Gadot, coulrophobia ( an irrational fear of clowns) and Weinstein are among the top mispronounced words of 2017, according to a survey commissioned by the language- learning app Babbel.

more lifestyle Updated: Jan 02, 2018 10:26 IST
Gal Gadot’s name is pronounced with a soft T (‘gah-dott’) rather than a silent one.
Gal Gadot’s name is pronounced with a soft T (‘gah-dott’) rather than a silent one.(Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

She was the most talked about stars with the success of Wonder Woman, while his name became synonymous with the sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood. Gal Gadot and Harvey Weinstein were some of the most difficult to pronounce names of 2017.

Gal Gadot, coulrophobia ( an irrational fear of clowns) and Weinstein are among the top mispronounced words of 2017, according to a survey commissioned by the language- learning app Babbel, reported Entertainment Weekly.

The company polled professional subtitlers at the US Captioning Company, National Captioning Canada, and the British Institute of Verbatim Reporters about the words, phrases, and names that folks had a hard time saying on TV.

Stephen King adaptation It may have contributed to the popularity of Coulrophobia. The word is pronounced ‘cool- ruh-foh-bee-ah’.

Gadot’s name, for example, is pronounced with a soft T (‘gah-dott’) rather than a silent one.

Stephen King adaptation It may have contributed to the popularity of Coulrophobia. The word is pronounced ‘cool- ruh-foh-bee-ah’.

Weinstein may have made the mistake of mispronouncing his name, according to some linguists.

The producer, who will be forever linked to the biggest sexual harassment scandals and the subsequent movement against it, calls himself ‘wine-steen’ but the linguists are of the opinion that his name should be pronounced as ‘wine-stine’.

Rounding out the top 10 list of mispronounced words in the US are bokeh, dotard, fibromyalgia, Namibia, nuclear, Puerto Rico and Pyongyang.

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