Unless you speak with an endearing, cool-sounding accent, you can make yourself sound like a moron if you mispronounce certain words. Using casual utterances that are OK with friends and family can create a stigma that’s tough to change if you do so in professional situations such as interviews or presentations.
A 2008 Primer article that’s been making the rounds again identifies many of these verbal landmines. Here are five words you don’t want to get wrong when it counts:
* Nuclear. It’s not “nucular.”
* Often. The “t” is silent.
* Sherbet. Only Ernie says “sure, Bert.”
* Candidate. Only say “can-uh-date” if you’re referring to the great University of Arizona running back.
* Utmost. There is no “up” in there.