Omicron, Dogecoin and Dalgona among the most mispronounced words of 2021

Most mispronounced words of 2021&nbsp

Key Highlights

  • The British Institute of Verbatim Reporters (BIVR) has compiled a list of the most mispronounced words of 2021
  • The list identifies the words that proved most challenging for newsreaders and people on television to pronounce this year
  • It includes words such as Omicron, Dalgona, Cheugy and Dogecoin

As 2021 is coming to a close, a research by the British Institute of Verbatim Reporters (BIVR) identified a list of words whose pronunciation we had the most trouble with this year. From Omicron and Dalgona to Cheugy and Dogecoin, the year saw many mispronounced words.

The BIVR provides captions and subtitles for television and courtrooms, in conjunction with the language-learning app, Babbel.

The list is a compilation of words that newsreaders and people on television have most struggled to pronounce correctly.

Here is the list of the most mispronounced words of 2021. How many have you been pronouncing correctly?

Most mispronounced words of 2021

Dalgona (Tal-goh-NAH)

Dalgona is a Korean treat made with melted sugar and baking soda. It was popularised by the Korean drama series Squid Game. Some people seem to produce a ‘K’ instead of the ‘G’ in the middle syllable.

Dogecoin (DOHJ-coin)

A cryptocurrency that was started as a joke before being popularised by Elon Musk, prompting its value to dramatically increase.

Cheugy (CHOO-gee)

The trendy term popularly used byGen Z to mock outdated and unfashionable trends associated with millennials. For example, “Live, Laugh, Love” signs. It is pronounced as ‘choo’ instead of the ‘chew’ sound.

Shein (Shee-in)

The name of the Chinese fast-fashion company is pronounced as ‘Shee-in’.

Keirin (Kay-rin/Kay-reen)

Keirin is a motor-paced cycle racing sport popular in Japan. It was played at the Tokyo Olympics this year.

Ever Given (EV-er GIV-en)

The name of the ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March. Many newscasters mistook the name of the ship to be “Evergreen”, which is the name of the company that owns the vessel. The ship had “Evergreen” printed on its hull.

Glasgow (GLAHZ-go)

The host city of November’s United Nations Climate Conference was mispronounced by both President Joe Biden and former president Barack Obama.

Omicron (AH-muh-kraan/OH-mee-kraan)

The new variant of COVID-19 identified in November was named by the World Health Organisation after the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet. (The COVID-19 variant is pronounced differently in the US and the UK.)

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