August 12, 2021 7 min read
You may have heard many words pronounced differently by different people. Sometimes it has to do with their nationalities, states or even just how they have most often heard it pronounced. While some may be incorrect, many a time, there are words that are pronounced multiple ways. Before you think they are homonyms, homophones or homographs, let’s understand what each of those are and you will realise it is none of that!
Homophones are words that sound the same but are different in meaning or spelling (to/two/too). Homographs are spelled the same but differ in meaning (wind (to follow a course that is not straight)/wind (a gust of air)). Homonyms can be either or even both!
But what do you call a word that can be pronounced two ways? In today’s Language Fun post, we look at 5 English words that can be pronounced two ways. Both are right and can be used. So, let’s get to it and see what words can be pronounced two different ways.
Data: DAY-tuh & DAH-tuh
You may have heard this common word - Data meaning information which is said in two ways. It can be pronounced as DAY-tuh where the first syllable is said as in ‘day’ or DAH-tuh where the first syllable can be said as ‘dah’ as in Darjeeling.
We hope you enjoyed that list of words that can be said two ways. There are many other such words which can be pronounced two different ways but have same the spelling and meaning which are used. While there are some commonly mispronounced words like pronunciation (ironic!) because of the lack of ‘o’ that many are not aware of, cupboard has a silent ‘p’ and many more, some words may sound wrong to you but are not.
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